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Fair City actor Brendan Cauldwell dies at 83

Published 13/01/2006 | 00:11

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Frank Khan THE actor Brendan Cauldwell died in Dublin yesterday. He was 83 and was a familiar face on stage and screen for more than 50 years.

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He most recently played the role of Paschal in RTE's Fair City, in which he appeared for 10 years.

Born in Fairview, Dublin and educated at O'Connell Schools, he first worked in insurance. He was a member of the RTE Repertory since 1955.

While with the Rep he took part in more than 3,000 productions including the international 32-hour broadcast of Ulysses, still unrivalled as the longest ever radio drama.

His performance as Hennessy in the RTE Television production of Strumpet City is regarded as particularly memorable, alongside an earlier performance as Rashers in the Radio 1 production.

Brendan Cauldwell made his first appearance in Fair City in September 1996, as Paschal Mulvey, the ex-soldier who took up work in McCoy's pub. His last performance in the soap was last May, when his character left for a new life in New Zealand.

Tributes

Last night, tributes were paid to him by Niall Matthews, series producer of Fair City, Mary Callery, Commissioning Editor, Drama RTE Television and from many colleagues and friends.

.Lorelei Harris, Editor of Arts, Features and Drama, RTE Radio 1, said: "When people like Brendan Cauldwell die, it is a passing of a very particular era in radio history in Ireland. Brendan through his fine contribution and loyalty brought radio drama alive to many people at home. His presence will be missed by his many friends in broadcasting."

He is survived by his widow, Maureen, son Luke and his daughters Shanna and Ciara.

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