Tributes are being paid following the death of Fair City actress Eileen Colgan.

The TV, film and theatre actress played Esther Roche in the RTÉ soap.

She appeared in many of Ireland’s best-known films and TV series including Angela’s Ashes, My Left Foot, Far and Away, Ballykissangel and as the priest’s housekeeper Mynah in Glenroe.

She will also be remembered for her role as Mrs Mulhall in Strumpet City and Norrie in The Real Charlotte.

A long-standing member of the Abbey Theatre company, Eileen Colgan played Molly Bloom in Ulysses in Nighttown and Mrs Cafferty in Mary Makebelieve.

Head of RTÉ Drama Jane Gogan said: "Eileen was a great professional and will be sadly missed by those of us who were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to know her and work with her.

"In the highly demanding world of Fair City Eileen was an inspiration to those she worked with. She will be greatly missed by cast and crew."

Eileen’s agent for over 20 years Lisa Richards said: "She was a joy to work with. Warm, spirited and a constant mother to everyone.  We will miss her tremendously."

Eileen is survived by four children Katy, Cathal, Ben and Clara and her eight grandchildren.