The death has been announced of Irish actress Rynagh O'Grady, who was best known for her work at the Abbey Theatre and as Mary in Father Ted.

The Abbey Theatre described her as a "beloved friend and colleague". 

Rynagh O'Grady trained in the Abbey School of Acting and first appeared on its stage in 1969. Her notable productions included Donal O'Kelly's Mamie Sighs in 1990 and more recently Deirdre Kinahan's The Unmanageable Sisters

She also appeared on screen in films including A Love Divided and TV shows including Father Ted.

Director of the Abbey Theatre Graham McLaren said: "Rynagh O'Grady - Her grace, her talent, her humour, her integrity, her patience.

"I'd sneak into the back row of the Abbey to watch her hush a hysterical audience with a look, then lead them through a speech full of heart, humanity and justice.

"Irish theatre got a lot darker today."

For TV viewers, her role as Mary  in the much-loved Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted was pretty unforgettable, even though she and Patrick Drury only popped up intermittently as feuding couple John and Mary.

The pair were famous for putting on a genial front as a loving couple whenever Father Ted or any of the locals entered their Craggy Island shop, but when they were alone they traded insults and threatened all kinds of awfulness on each other.

Here's a compilation of the unhappy couple's best moments:

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