Comedian Brendan Grace has passed away

Brendan Grace

THE RECENT passing of comedian Brendan Grace has been met with "shock" from the locals of Killaloe, his adopted home for a number of years.

He was 68-years-old.

In a statement published online, Grace's representatives said: 'It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Brendan Grace, Ireland's most beloved entertainer, Liberty Boy and grandmaster of Comedy. He did so, surrounded by the profound and everlasting love of his heartbroken family.

May he rest in peace.

He added: "We can look back with pride on Brendan's lifetime".

He had been receiving treatment in hospital for pneumonia when the more serious illness was discovered.

Grace was forced to cancel his Irish summer tour after recently being diagnosed with lung cancer. It also led to gangrene and the loss of some of his toes.

In the UK, Grace was probably best known for his role as Fatherr Fintan Stack in the 1996 Father Ted episode New Jack City - in which he uttered the classic line: "I've had my fun and that's all that matters".

Brendan Grace's manager Tom Kelly says he was a gentleman. His character Bottler was a fan favourite, while his song "Combine Harvester", which was a hit in Ireland in 1975, went on to be covered by The Wurzels in 1976.

Grace is survived by his wife Eileen, who he married in 1973, their four children and their grandchildren.

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