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Thursday 24 July 2014

Fair City actress Brosnan-Walsh dies

Jason O'Brien

Published 22/12/2009|05:00

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Joan Brosnan-Walsh celebrating the 2,000th episode of 'Fair City' with co-star Tony Tormey in 2006. The actress played Mags Kelly in the popular soap for almost 20 years until leaving in January this year.

THE popular former 'Fair City' actress Joan Brosnan-Walsh has died. Mrs Brosnan-Walsh, who was in her 60s, left the RTE soap in January after revealing that she had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

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She is survived by her husband and three daughters.

The veteran actress was best-known as the character Mags Kelly in the soap, a role she played for almost 20 years.

"It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Joan Brosnan-Walsh," Jane Gogan, commissioning editor of RTE television drama, said last night. "She has been at the heart of 'Fair City' for the last 20 years and was without doubt one of its most popular characters. On behalf of RTE I would like to extend my sincere sympathies to Joan's family."

Mrs Brosnan-Walsh appeared on the 'Late Late Show' earlier this year with her husband, Willie, to discuss her decision to stop working.

Motor neurone disease is a degenerative condition that destroys the cells that control voluntary muscles and affects speaking, walking and general movement.

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