Glenroe actor Robert Carrickford passes away

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Robert Carrickford as Glenroe's Stephen Brennan
Robert Carrickford as Glenroe's Stephen Brennan

Actor Robert Carrickford, best known for playing the role of Stephen Brennan in RTÉ's long-running television series 'Glenroe', has died.

The 88-year-old had been battling illness for a long time.

President Michael D Higgins last night led tributes to the popular actor.

A veteran of stage and television, Mr Carrickford had worked to enhance the pay and conditions of actors throughout Ireland when he held the position of president of Irish Actors Equity.

Last night, Mr Higgins said: "It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of Robert Carrickford, the actor of Abbey Theatre and TV fame.

"For many, Robert will forever be the face of Stephen Brennan in the iconic 'Glenroe' TV series, while others will fondly remember his long spell in various significant roles in the Abbey Theatre, as well as his performances in 'The Riordans' and 'Bracken'.

"In his capacity as president of the Irish Actors Equity, the trade union for stage actors, and his contribution to the trade union movement, he left a lasting legacy for all those who perform in Ireland's theatres and screens.

"To his family and friends, Sabina and I send our deepest sympathies," he said.

Robert Carrickford as Stephen Brennan with Ruth Hegarty playing Lily (Glenroe transmission, 1992)

Mr Carrickford is survived by his wife Mary, a daughter and two grandchildren.

He played several roles at the Abbey Theatre between 1969 and 1980.

Mr Carrickford's screen roles included Sinclair in 'Strumpet City', McCaffery in 'The Irish RM' (1981) and Fogarty in 'The Ballroom of Romance' (1982).

He appeared in 'Glenroe' for 18 years until the series ended in 2001.

Via Irish Independent