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Saturday 16 December 2017

'She has played her last scene and life's curtain has fallen'

*Hundreds - including Fair City stars - join family of late actress Eileen Colgan at funeral today

Eileen Colgan as Esther Roche in Fair City
Eileen Colgan as Esther Roche in Fair City

Alan O'Keeffe

Actress Eileen Colgan touched a great many people across the nation with her wonderful acting talent, said a priest at her funeral today.

The 'Fair City' actress brought "a strenght of character" and a deep realism to all of her roles, said Fr Jim Noonan.

A large congregation filled the Church of the Visitation in Fairview in Dublin which included several actors directors, and colleagues from the world of stage and screen.

Fr Noonan said the 80-year-old actress discovered a new deep level to her Christian faith in the 1990s which helped her to be less hard and judgemental on herself as she had been "her own worst critic."

Speaking of her passing, he said: "She has played her last scene and life's curtain has fallen....but the lights have not dimmed."

Colleagues from 'Fair City',  'Glenroe'  and from The Abbey Theatre heard the priest pay tribute to the "great authenticityd]" she brought to her roles

The chief mourners included her sons Cathal and Ben and daughters Katy and Clara and her eight grandchildren.

Among her thespian colleagues were actors Eamon Hunt, Geraldine Plunkett, Peadar Lamb, Don Reardon, Joe Taylor, Michael Grennell.

Eamon Hunt,  a friend from Fair City, spoke about her talent and friendship after the Mass.

Burial took place at St Patrick's cemetery in Enniskerry.

Irish Independent

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