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Glenroe star Robert who 'left lasting legacy for Irish actors' dies aged 88


Robert Carrickford played Stephen Brennan in Glenroe

Robert Carrickford played Stephen Brennan in Glenroe

Robert Carrickford played Stephen Brennan in Glenroe

Actor Robert Carrickford, best known for playing the role of Stephen Brennan in RTE's long-running television series Glenroe, has died.

He was 88 and he had been battling illness for a considerable time.

President Michael D Higgins led tributes last night to the popular actor.

A veteran of stage and television, Mr Carrickford had worked to enhance the pay and conditions of actors throughout Ireland when he held the position of president of Irish Actors Equity.

"It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of Robert Carrickford, the actor of Abbey Theatre and TV fame," said President Higgins.

"For many, Robert will forever be the face of 'Stephen Brennan' in the iconic Glenroe TV series, while others will fondly remember his long spell in various significant roles in the Abbey Theatre, as well as his performances in The Riordans and Bracken," said the President.

"In his capacity of president of the Irish Actors Equity, the trade union for stage actors and his contribution to the trade union movement, he left a lasting legacy for all those who perform in Ireland's theatres and screens.

"To his family and friends, Sabina and I send our deepest sympathies," he said.

Mr Carrickford is survived by his wife Mary, a daughter and two grandchildren.

He played several roles at the Abbey Theatre between 1969 and 1980.

His screen roles included Sinclair in Strumpet City, McCaffery in The Irish RM (1981) and Fogarty in The Ballroom of Romance (1982).