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Staging an international Beckett festival in Enniskillen might not seem the most obvious choice, writes Ed Power.

20th July, 2014
Sean Doran: The challenges are there -- that's why it's exciting to do the job' Picture: Ronan Mc Grade

It may be more than ten years since Sean Doran was appointed to the top job at English National Opera, yet even now the Derry native remains gobsmacked about what at the time was seen as a surprising move.

“It was very brave of the board to appoint an Irishman to lead their company,” the 54-year old recalls. “There were quarters where I could clearly see my Irishness was an issue. It was puzzling to...

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