Irish actor and director Dónall Farmer - best known for his role in RTÉ soap Glenroe as priest Fr Tim Devereux - has died aged 81.
Farmer originally joined a fledgling RTÉ in 1964 and was sent to the BBC for training as a producer/director.
He went on to direct 50 episodes of The Riordans before becoming Head of Drama for RTÉ in 1971. He also acted in many plays and TV shows including Ballykissangel and Remington Steele and was a twice winner of a Jacobs Radio and Television Award.
He was a former member of Dublin's Abbey Theatre and helped found the Everyman Theatre in his native Cork. Originally from Blackpool on the north-side of Cork City, he graduated from UCC in English and Irish.
Dónall Farmer is survived by his wife Eileen and children Orla, Catherine and Dónall.
Tributes have been paid to the late actor on Twitter.
Sad to hear the passing of Cork Actor Donal Farmer who starred in Glenroe as Father Tim. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his wife Collette who was a researcher with the Late Late Show (Roll it there Collette). May he Rest in Peacehttps://t.co/0tP2voDJ2z— DERMOT HEGARTY (@dermot_hegarty) December 6, 2018
Sad to hear the passing of another legend of Irish theatre Cork Actor Donal Farmer who starred in Glenroe as Father Tim.— DERMOT HEGARTY (@dermot_hegarty) December 6, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
May he Rest in Peacehttps://t.co/0tP2voDJ2z
We are saddened to hear of the passing of our talented colleague, Abbey Company member and friend, Dónall Farmer. Dónall was synonymous with the Abbey Theatre in the 1980s as an actor and director. He is pictured (below centre) on our 1988 tour to Russia. pic.twitter.com/gLKTKTTyyU— Abbey Theatre (@AbbeyTheatre) December 6, 2018