Tributes have been paid to the late 'Fair City' star Joan Brosnan Walsh.

The actress, who was best known as the character Mags Kelly in 'Fair City', announced her departure from the RTÉ series in January after declaring that she had contracted motor neurone disease the previous year.

She appeared on 'The Late Late Show' on 23 January 2009 with her husband, Willie, to discuss her condition, with many of her 'Fair City' colleagues paying her warm and emotional tributes.

Paying tribute to Joan Brosnan Walsh, Jane Gogan, Commissioning Editor, RTÉ TV Drama, said: "It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Joan Brosnan Walsh.

"She has been at the heart of Fair City for the last 20 years and was without doubt one of its most popular characters.

"She was also one of the most warmly regarded colleagues in RTÉ and will be greatly missed by the ‘Fair City' cast and crew and all who worked with her in RTÉ, as well as her host of fans throughout the country.

"On behalf of RTÉ I would like to extend my sincere sympathies to Joan's family."