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Tributes pour in for 'Fair City' actress Eileen (80)

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 11/03/2014 | 02:30

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Eileen Colgan as Esther Roche in 'Fair City' (2012)
Eileen Colgan as Esther Roche in 'Fair City' (2012)

THE world of film, TV and theatre has paid tribute to 'Fair City' actress Eileen Colgan, who has died aged 80.

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During her prolific career, Colgan, pictured, played a host of diverse and distinctive characters – from Esther Roche in 'Fair City' and Mynah Killeen in 'Glenroe' to Joyce's heroine Molly Bloom in 'Ulysses in Nighttown'.

Colgan joined The Abbey Theatre Players in 1971, and appeared in many of their feted productions, including 'The Winter's Tale' and 'Measure for Measure'.

Director of the Abbey Theatre Fiach MacConghail believes Colgan's "gift for mischief" was the secret to her success.

"She was a wonderful actress who had a particular gift for mischief, which she played brilliantly," Mr MacConghail said.

Last night, Brid Ni Neachtain, who is currently appearing in The Abbey's production of 'Sive', dedicated her performance to Colgan.

But Colgan is probably best known for her TV roles on popular RTE soaps.

Jane Gogan, Head of Drama at RTE, described Colgan as an "inspiration" who would be greatly missed.

"She could be funny, poignant, tragic in the wide variety of roles she played. In the highly demanding world of 'Fair City' Eileen was an inspiration to those she worked with."

The highly regarded actress also appeared in many wellknown feature films, including Jim Sheridan's 'My Left Foot' and the adaptation of Maeve Binchy's novel 'Tara Road'.

Irish Independent

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