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Tributes as Fair City's Esther dies, aged 80

FAIR City actors and leading directors have led tributes to Eileen Colgan who died yesterday.

Colgan (80), who played Esther Roche in the long-running Dublin soap, died with her family by her side. She is survived by her children Katy, Cathal, Ben and Clara and eight grandchildren.

The actress was known for her portrayal of Mynah Killeen in Glenroe, but stacked up honours for roles in Ulysses and My Left Foot.

Head of drama at RTE Jane Gogan said she would be greatly missed.

"She could be funny, poignant, tragic in the wide variety of roles she played. In the highly demanding world of Fair City, Eileen was an inspiration," she said.

Award-winning director Lenny Abrahamson said: "Had the pleasure of working with her on Prosperity. Great actress and lovely."

Colgan's co-star Ryan Andrews added: "She was an absolute gem of a woman, she's really going to be missed."

Last night, Brid Ni Neachtain, who is currently appearing in The Abbey's production of Sive, dedicated her performance to Colgan.

The highly regarded actress appeared in many popular films, including the adaptation of Maeve Binchy's novel Tara Road.

A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday at 10am in the Church of the Visitation, Fairview, followed by burial in St Patrick's Cemetery, Enniskerry.