'Ros na Run' mourns the loss of Diarmuid
Iconic Ros na Run actor Diarmuid Mac An Adhastair, who played lovable rogue Seamus, has died aged 71.
Producers yesterday announced "with a heavy heart" that the popular star, who had been on the Irish-speaking soap since it started nearly 20 years ago, had passed away on Friday night.
He leaves a wife, Mairin, two sons, Caomhan and Diarmuid, and a daughter, Grainne.
Diarmuid, who was known for his trademark cap, loved playing farmer Seamus Mhicil Tom, a character who tormented the gardai and the authorities with his tricks, poaching and poitin-making.
He was loved by fans of the show who would often stop him in the street when the cast were filming in Co Galway.
In an interview three years ago the veteran actor said the biggest compliment he was ever given was when he joked with a group of ladies that he was retiring.
"They told me Ros na Run without Seamus would be like Dallas without JR," he said proudly.
A spokeswoman for the award-winning show said: "Diarmuid was an actor of the highest calibre. He influenced us greatly. He was a natural comedian with his quick witted replies, gestures and how he would place his old cap on his head.
"He loved acting and it was a great honour and pleasure to us all to work with him as a fellow actor, crew member or writer."
Filming of the last series ended in February and Diarmuid was due back on set next month to start the 20th run of the show.
Maire Ni Thuathail, founder and executive series producer of Ros na Run, said: "Diarmuid was a hugely generous actor and a total professional.
"He gave so much to Ros na Run over the past 19 series, he's a huge loss. He was super to work with, a quiet man who was loved by everyone on the set but in particular young child actors, who he was so patient with and they loved working with him.
"He brightened up the screen and above all loved meeting his audience when he was out and about. Time after time, year after year, Diarmuid and Seamus was hugely popular in our audience forums.
"He's a huge loss to Ros na Run and will be sorely missed by all of us," she said.