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.

Dónall Farmer with Joe Lynch in Glenroe

Tributes have been paid to the late actor on Twitter.