Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tributes to late ‘Glenroe’ star Robert Carrickford

Robert Carrickford and Joe Lynch on the set of 'Glenroe'
Robert Carrickford and Joe Lynch on the set of 'Glenroe'
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

President Michael D Higgins joined stars of the acting world to pay tribute to Glenroe’s Robert Carrickford, describing him as “the old war horse of the Irish acting scene”.

The well-known actor (88), who played Stephen Brennan on the soap, died from a long-term illness on Tuesday.

He is survived by his wife Mary, his daughter and two grand-children.

Mario Rosenstock had many scenes with him during his time playing the part of Dr David Hanlon on ‘Glenroe’ and said he was a “great guy to work with”.

“Himself and Dinny (Joe Lynch) were obviously best friends in the show and they were like two cute hoors taking advantage of this gauche, naive young doctor,” he said.

“He used to tell me all the stories about these set-ups, where he would come into a town and put up a tent and entertain the whole town, like a circus, then move on.”

He had a number of TV and stage roles over the years but is best known for playing Stephen in the RTÉ soap for 18 years.

He had also worked to enhance the pay rates and working conditions of Irish actors as the president of Irish Actors Equity.

President Higgins said it was with “great sadness” he learned of the actor’s death.

“As well as being an old war horse of the Irish acting scene, he was very much respected as a result of his work with Equity,” he said.

“For many, Robert will forever be the face of Stephen in the iconic ‘Glenroe’ TV series, while others will fondly remember his long spell in various significant roles in the Abbey Theatre, as well as performances in ‘The Riordans’ and ‘Bracken’.”

Irish Independent

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