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07th Aug 2019

Fair City will air Karl Shiels’ final scenes this evening after sudden death

Anna O'Rourke

Karl Shiels Fair City

The final scenes featuring Karl Shiels will air in tonight’s episode of Fair City.

The actor, who played Robbie Quinn on the RTÉ One soap, passed away suddenly last month at the age of 47.

On Wednesday night (7 August), viewers will see Robbie leave Carrigstown for a business trip abroad.

“Right, cab’s outside, you sure you are going to manage without me?” he asks Carol, played by Aisling O’Neill.

The plot was rewritten after Shiels’ unexpected death in July.

“We all miss Karl, who was a wonderful actor and friend, and Fair City will miss Robbie Quinn, who was a blaze of trouble and fun during his time in Carrigstown,” said Brigie de Courcy, the soap’s executive producer.

Shiels joined Fair City in 2014 as bad boy Robbie and quickly became popular with viewers.

His character was involved in a number of major storylines during his five years in Carrigstown.

He was also widely known for his work as a theatre actor.

Announcing his death, his agent Lisa Richards described him as a “uniquely talented individual”.

“Karl was a remarkable force in Irish theatre and hugely loved and respected by all who worked with him.

“Our hearts are broken but today our thoughts are with his partner Laura and his family, his children and their mother Dearbhla and his many close friends among whom we count ourselves lucky to have been for so many years.”

Fair City continues on RTÉ One tonight at 8pm.

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