Irish writer Philip Casey has died aged 67.

Throughout his long-running career, the acclaimed author published a series of much-loved works including four collections of poetry and a trilogy of novels.

His first poetry collection, Those Distant Summers, was published in 1980 and was followed by After Thunder, The Year of the Knife and Dialogue in Fading Light. 

His trilogy of novels began with The Fabulists in 1995. The second in the collection, The Water Star, was published in 1999, with The Fisher Child concluding the trilogy in 2001. He also released Tried and Sentenced, featuring selected poems, and a novel for children, The Coupla.

Casey was the founder and editor of website Irish Writers Online which provides details about Irish writers.

Born in London in 1950 to Irish parents from Laois and Sligo, Casey was raised in Ireland and lived in Dublin since the 1970s.

President Michael D. Higgins released a statement about the much-loved writer's death, saying: "It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Philip Casey, one of Ireland's finest poets and novelists, and distinguished member of Aosdána. 

"Philip Casey was a treasured author who produced a magnificent body of work that enriched Irish writing. His poetry gave voice to every aspect of life; joy, pain, hope, justice and love in its many forms. 

"His generous nature, his humour and his literary talents will be missed by all those who were familiar with his work or were privileged to call him a friend. 

"To his brothers Peter and John and his sister Karina, his colleagues and friends, Sabina and I send our deepest sympathy. 

"Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis."

People have been paying tribute to the writer on Twitter, saying he was "a gentleman", "an inspiration" and "one of Ireland's most gifted writers".