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Eileen 'has played her last scene, but the lights have not dimmed'

FAIR City actress Eileen Colgan "has played her last scene, but the lights have not dimmed", a priest at her funeral said.

Colgan touched many people across the nation with her wonderful acting talent and brought "a strength of character" to all of her roles, said Fr Jim Noonan.

A large congregation that included many actors, directors and colleagues from the worlds of stage and screen filled the Church of the Visitation in Fairview, Dublin, for the ceremony.

Fr Noonan, one of five priests to celebrate the Requiem Mass, told how the actress, who died aged 80, discovered a deeper level to her faith during the 1990s. He said it helped her to be less hard on herself as she had been "her own worst critic".

She was a woman of "great fun" who could laugh at herself and bring to life the funny side of her characters, he added.

Among the mourners was Fair City's Eamonn Hunt (61), who said Colgan's turn in Strumpet City had been "powerful and understated".

"She retained a passion to do good work right up until the end," he added. "She was still hungry to get into one last great piece of work."


As her coffin was taken from the church, her friend John Sheehan, from The Dubliners, played the Marino Waltz. The congregation then burst into a sustained round of applause in one last standing ovation. She was buried at St Patrick's cemetery in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.