Fair City actress Jean Costello has died
Rest in peace, Jean.
Actress Jean Costello, best known for her role as Rita Doyle on RTÉ's soap opera Fair City, died earlier this week at the age of 76.
The news was initially reported through Facebook posts by family members and was later confirmed by RTÉ. Costello spent 24 years in her Fair City role between 1989 and 2013.
She eventually left the show due to illness.
In a statement on Saturday, Fair City executive producer Brigie de Courcy paid tribute to the veteran actress: "Everyone in Fair City is deeply saddened to hear about the sad passing of our former colleague Jean Costello.
"Jean was a stalwart in Fair City when she played the role of Rita Doyle. She entertained the homes of millions of Irish people for over 20 years as she was one of Carrigstown's most loved characters.
"We send our deepest condolences to her family and wide circle of friends and colleagues. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam."