The death has taken place of the poet and philosopher John O'Donoghue.

He died suddenly while on holiday in France. He was 53.

The former priest was best known for his best selling book on Celtic spirituality, Anam Cara. His other works include Beauty and Eternal Echoes.

He had degrees in philosophy and English literature and was awarded a PhD in philosophical theology from the University of Tubingen in 1990.

His dissertation developed a new concept of person through a re-interpretation of the philosophy of Hegel.

Mr O'Donoghue lived in a cottage in the west of Ireland and spoke Irish as his native language.

He was an active campaigner against the proposed Burren interpretative centre.

He was a guest on Marian Finucane late last year, discussing his most recent book, Benedictus: A Book Of Blessings. listen here