MUCH-loved author Maeve Binchy has bequeathed her €10m fortune and most precious belongings to family, friends and charity.
Details of the late author's will have emerged, revealing the 72-year-old's generosity with the proceeds of her illustrious writing career.
The author died at the Blackrock Clinic in 2012, and it has been reported that she left her fortune to be divided between her husband Gordan Snell, her nieces, nephews, friends and charitable organisations.
Twelve years before her death, the author had joked in an interview that she had been making her will "every year since she was 21".
However, the final draft shows that she bequeathed two-thirds of her fortune to her husband, while one-third went to family, friends and charities.
It is understood that the will was filed in Dublin's probate office last week.
It is reported that 29 of the Dubliner's closest friends received €10,000 each, while 18 were set to be in receipt of the remaining one-sixth after any bills arising from her burial had been paid.
Charities reported to have benefited from the author's generosity include St Luke's Hospital in Rathgar and the Marie Curie Memorial Foundation.
Foxrock Golf Club is also understood to have been in receipt of €10,000.
Ms Binchy's siblings, Joan and William, brother-in-law Victor Agar and niece and nephew Chris and Sarah are also reported to have been left money by the author.
However, it was not only money that she left behind, as she also bestowed some of her most precious items on her closest friends.
One friend is reported to have received a "bishop's chain", while another was said to be in receipt of a "round silver tray with legs".
Ms Binchy published her debut novel, Light A Penny Candle, when she was 42.