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Irish actor Tom Hickey dies aged 77

Irish actor and one of the founders of Dublin Focus Theatre ‘Tom Hickey’ has died at the age of 77.

Acting in Ireland’s many theatres as well as acting in many films, Mr Hickey was best remembered for his role as Benjy in ‘The Riordans’ which aired from 1965 to 1979.

Mr Hickey also went on to work with many of Ireland’s leading playwrights and directors.

Minister for Culture Catherine Martin paid tribute to Mr Hickey, tweeting that “Tom was a leading figure in Irish theatre for decades and was well known and much loved in homes across Ireland, ”.

Describing him as one the greatest actors of his generation, President Michael D. Higgins paid tribute to the Kildare-born actor stating, “It is with great sadness that Sabina and I learned of the death of Tom Hickey, one of the greatest actors of his generation, giving over six decades to his profession. He leaves an indelible imprint on Irish theatre,”.

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