Irish actress Rynagh O'Grady has died 2 months ago

Irish actress Rynagh O'Grady has died

Rynagh O'Grady played the iconic role of Mary in Father Ted.

Irish actress Rynagh O'Grady has died, aged 67.

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The Abbey Theatre confirmed the sad news on Tuesday morning.

Rynagh trained in the Abbey School of Acting and first appeared on its stage in 1969. Some of the notable productions she was involved in included Donal O’Kelly’s Mamie Sighs in 1990 and, more recently, Deirdre Kinahan’s The Unmanageable Sisters.

However, O'Grady may be best known for her iconic performance as Mary in Father Ted, one half of one of the most hilarious couples in TV history.

The Abbey Theatre wrote: "We were deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of our beloved friend and colleague Rynagh O’Grady. We are thinking of her family and all who loved her."

Director of the Abbey Theatre, Graham McLaren wrote: "Her grace, Her talent, Her humour, Her integrity, Her patience. I'd sneak into the back row of the Abbey to watch her hush a hysterical audience with a look, then lead them through a speech full of heart, humanity and justice.

"Irish theatre got a lot darker today."