The writer Nuala O'Faolain has died. She died peacefully at the Blackrock Hospice on Friday night. She was 68.

Nuala O'Faolain revealed last month that she was dying from cancer when she spoke to Marian Finucane on her programme on RTÉ Radio 1.

She had been diagnosed with metastatic cancer and during the interview she explained that she had turned down the option of chemotherapy.

Listen to the interview here.

Marian Finucane pays tribute to her friend Nuala O'Faolain

Until she discovered her illness, Nuala O'Faolain had been living in New York where she had been providing regular commentaries on RTÉ Radio on the US presidential primaries.

Born in Dublin, Nuala O'Faolain worked for the Irish Times as a columnist in the late 1970s and 1980s.

A graduate of Hull and Oxford universities, she worked for the BBC and The Times and was working in Tehran during the 1979 Iranian revolution.

She was critically acclaimed as a journalist and author, with her best-selling memoir, 'Are You Somebody?', and novel, 'My Dream of You'.

When she was diagnosed with cancer, she moved to Clare.