The death has been announced of the author and playwright Lee Dunne at the age of 86.

Among his best known work is RTÉ Radio 1 drama series Harbour Hotel, and books such as Goodbye To The Hill, which was made into a film.

Dunne wrote 2,000 radio scripts and plays for RTÉ, including Harbour Hotel, which was set in the fishing village of Kilmahon, and Convenience Corner.

Lee Dunne pictured centre with cast from radio show Harbour Hotel

His best known book, Goodbye to the Hill, was published in 1965. A fictionalised account of growing up in Ranelagh, Dublin, it went on to sell over a million copies.

Dunne fought the censorship of his work Paddy Maguire is Dead, a book about alcoholism, in court, where he was represented by future President of Ireland Mary Robinson, but he was unsuccessful in his appeal against the Censorship Board.

Asked in an interview with the Bray People in 2004 how he would like to be remembered as a writer, he said: "I'd like it, if people thought that I was true to the spirit of Dublin in my work, that I told a good anecdote, and that I gave good value for money.

"Life, is a magnificent gift. Who needs drink when you have perspective?"

He is survived by his wife Maura, three children, and grandchildren.

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