Wednesday 19 September 2018

Tributes pour in for Biddy White Lennon who has passed away

Biddy White Lennon Credit: Brian McEvoy
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Mary McDonnell

Tributes have poured in for much-loved author and actress, Biddy White Lennon who passed away.

The Dublin native is best known for her starring role as Maggie Riordan in the ground-breaking RTE TV drama, ‘The Riordans’ more than 30 years ago and more recently for hosting the ‘Great Irish Bake-Off’ on TV3.

RTE and Newstalk broadcaster, Norah Casey led tributes online.

"I’m devastated to hear that the beautiful and passionate Biddy White Lennon has left us," she wrote online. "She was an amazing inspiration."

From left, Moira Deady (Mary Riordan), Tom Hickey (Benjy) and Biddy White Lennon (Maggie)
From left, Moira Deady (Mary Riordan), Tom Hickey (Benjy) and Biddy White Lennon (Maggie)

"We all loved her," said fellow Bake-Off judge Anna Nolan. "Very sad to hear of the passing of my Bake Off companion and judge."

"RTÉ is saddened to hear about the death of our former colleague Biddy White Lennon," read a statement from the broadcaster on Saturday.

"Biddy, who worked on both television and radio in RTÉ will always be fondly remembered for her role as Maggie in 'The Riordans'.

"Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time. May she rest in peace."

Ms Lennon was highly regarded in the culinary world and was Chairwoman of the IrishFood Writers Guild.

Food&Wine Magazine sent their condolences to her family and friends on Twitter while fans of The Riordans shared their "fond memories of Sunday nights long ago".

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