AS word spread of the death of Maeve Binchy's last night, international media and Twitter paid tribute to the late author who died at 72 after a short illness.
Her death was reported in newspapers in the US, Australia and Europe, with the author’s name becoming a top trending topic on Twitter.
Louis Walsh tweeted last night: “RIP Maeve Binchy. The writer Maeve Binchy has died following a short illness, aged 72. RETWEET FOR RESPECT!#MaeveBinchy”
Best selling author Anne Rice was one of the first to pay tribute to Ms Binchy tweeting: "Maeve Binchy has died. We've lost another beloved writer. So sorry to hear it."
Fellow Irish authors joined the tributes. Amy Huberman wrote: “RIP Maeve Binchy, a truly wonderful, talented, inspirational woman.”
And Sheila O‘Flanagan tweeted: “So sad to hear of Maeve Binchy's passing. A warm, wonderful woman and an inspiration in so many ways.”
Ryan Tubridy, who broadcast his radio show from Maeve’s home last year, took to his 2Fm account to pay tribute to her: “We are very sad to read the death of one of our favourite listeners the wonderful Maeve Binchy.”
Amanda Byram tweeted: “Just heard one of my favorite authors and national treasure Maeve Binchy has died.. Great loss. RIP x
Meath East TD Regina Doherty posted a tribute to Binchy: "Godspeed Maeve Binchy RIP lovely warm gentle lady brought much joy through all her work."
The Scottish writer Ian Rankin tweeted: "She had time for everybody. Perhaps because her stories came from all of us and for all of us."
Irish author Paddy Cummins tweeted:” Maeve Binchy RIP. Ireland's most loved novelist, died aged 72. Her books (40 million) adorned the best-seller lists worldwide.”
Alan Beirne complied a word cloud tribute to the author which he posted as a tribute to her on Twitter.
In a personal message on her website when Minding Frankie was released in the US she thanked her fans who had said they'd enjoyed it. "My health isn't so good these days and I can't travel around to meet people the way I used to. But I'm always delighted to hear from readers, even if it takes me a while to reply," she wrote.