Following the sad news on Thursday morning that entertainer Brendan Grace had died aged 68, Morning Ireland Extra has taken a longer look at the veteran comedian's life and career.

Morning Ireland editor Brendan Fitzpatrick speaks about interviewing Grace back in 2015 when he was profiled in an RTÉ radio series called Grin and Bear It and plays clips from the wide-ranging interview.

Grace speaks about his upbringing, his start on the comedy circuit, and some of his most-loved characters, including Fr Fintan Stack in Father Ted.

The podcast also explores the common themes running through the anecdotes of those who knew Grace, which were his kindness and generosity.

Listen to the podcast here.

Take a look at the Morning Ireland Extra Podcast series.