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One of Glenroe's friendliest faces, Robert Carrickford, has died aged 88

Carrickford played Stephen Brennan in the RTÉ drama.

ACTOR ROBERT CARRICKFORD, best known for playing Stephen Brennan in Glenroe, has died at the age of 88.

As well as his role in the RTÉ drama series, Carrickford was a stage actor and performed on the Abbey’s stage in various productions between 1969 and 1980.

He was also a dedicated union activist as a member of the Irish Actors’ Equity Group, a division of Siptu which represents people in the acting profession, since the 1960s.

In this role, he lobbied government for better conditions for those involved in stage acting.

President Michael D Higgins was one of the people who has paid tribute to Carrickford. The president said that in his work with the trade union movement he,

left a lasting legacy for all those who perform in Ireland’s theatres and screens.

Carrickford died today after a long illness and is survived by his wife, daughter and two grandchildren.

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Rónán Duffy

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