'Ballykissangel' star Niall Toibin passes away age 89

'Ballykissangel' star Niall Toibin passes away age 89

IRISH ACTOR and comedian Niall Tóibín has sadly passed away today at the age of 89.

The famous Irish personality, who was born in Cork in 1929, passed away in the company of his family early this morning in Dublin.

Best-known for his role as Father MacAnally in the BBC programme Ballykissangel, Mr Tóibín was a talented actor whose career saw him play Tom Cruise's father in Far & Away and star alongside Pierce Brosnan in the 1998 film The Nephew.

He also played the role of the judge in Veronica Guerin, a film based on the true life of the murdered investigative reporter.

Mr Tóibín continued acting until very recently, having starred in the short film Remains in 2018, but he was just as talented as a comedian as he was as an actor.

He famously left the audience in stitches with his jokes and accents from around Ireland when he appeared on The Late Late Show in the 90's with Gay Byrne, who also passed away recently following a long illness.

His career spanned more than four decades and was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish Film and Television Academy in 2011.

Mr Tóibín's wife, Judy, passed away in 2001.

He leaves behind five children and seven grandchildren.

May he rest in peace.