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sad news Wife of celebrated Irish film director Jim Sheridan, Fran Sheridan, passes away

Fran passed away on Wednesday in Dublin with her funeral to take place on Monday

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Film director Jim Sheridan and his wife Fran. Photo: Tony Gavin

Film director Jim Sheridan and his wife Fran. Photo: Tony Gavin

Film director Jim Sheridan and his wife Fran. Photo: Tony Gavin

FILM Director Jim Sheridan is mourning the loss of his wife Fran.

Fran passed away suddenly on Wednesday at St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin.

She was a daughter of the late George and Tess Roe.

Jim and Fran have three daughters, Naomi, Kirsten and Tess, as well as grandchildren Leo, Seamus and Frankie,

The family are having a private funeral service on Monday.

In 1981 Jim and Fran moved to New York with their two daughters, Naomi and Kirsten (who herself is now also a filmmaker), who were nine and six years old at the time.

They struggled to get by, while he worked in odd jobs and as manager of the city's Irish Arts Centre. It was in New York that he received his only formal education in filmmaking, when he took an eight-week film production course at New York University, and where he wrote his early screenplays for Into the West and My Left Foot.

The family moved back to Dublin and lived in various locations, including Dalkey and Ballsbridge.

In 1989 he directed My Left Foot, which won Oscars for Daniel Day Lewis and Brenda Fricker.

Several more films followed, including In The Name Of The Father, The Filed, Into The West, The Boxer, Some Mother’s Son, The File and Into America.

Lately Sheridan producer and also features in a documentary on Sky about the killing of Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Co Cork, in which Ian Bailey emerged as the chief suspect.

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