Tributes have been paid following the death of Fair City actress Eileen Colgan.

The TV, film and theatre actress played Esther Roche in the RTÉ drama.

She appeared in many of Ireland's best-known films and TV series, including Angela's Ashes, My Left Foot, Far and Away, Ballykissangel and as the priest's housekeeper, Mynah, in Glenroe.

She will also be remembered for her roles as Mrs Mulhall in Strumpet City and Norrie in The Real Charlotte.

A long-standing member of the Abbey Theatre company, Eileen Colgan played Molly Bloom in Ulysses in Nighttown and Mrs Cafferty in Mary Makebelieve.

Head of RTÉ Drama Jane Gogan said: "Eileen was a great professional and will be sadly missed by those of us who were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to know her and work with her.

"In the highly demanding world of Fair City, Eileen was an inspiration to those she worked with. She will be greatly missed by cast and crew."

Eileen Colgan's agent for over 20 years, Lisa Richards, said: "She was a joy to work with: warm, spirited and a constant mother to everyone.  We will miss her tremendously."

Eileen Colgan is survived by four children, Katy, Cathal, Ben and Clara, and her eight grandchildren.