Cork Opera House has opened a book of condolences for Brendan Grace
He was one of Ireland’s best loved comedians.
Now fans of the late Brendan Grace can pay their respects at Cork Opera House, where a book of condolences will be opened by Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. John Sheehan at 12.30pm today, Monday, July 15th.
Fans of Grace, who passed away on Thursday after a short battle with lung cancer, have been sharing their memories of the legendary performer over the weekend.
Some of his most famous roles include s stint on Father Ted as Father Fintan Stack and his schoolboy character ‘Bottler’.
His 1975 song ‘The Combine Harvester’ was a number one hit in Ireland.
Remembering fondly the great Brendan Grace singing ‘The Banks’ in City Hall. My sympathies to his wonderful wife Eileen & family and his many fans RIP @pjcoogan @NeilRedFM @echolivecork pic.twitter.com/O7HJOgtgpm
— Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald (@Tfitzgeraldcork) July 11, 2019
“His wit and warmth will be remembered by many a Cork person, who saw him on television or indeed at one of his live shows here over the years.” said Lord Mayor Cllr. John Sheehan.
“Brendan was a trailblazer on the Irish comedy scene and was also an incredibly talented actor, singer and musician.” added Eibhlín Gleeson, Chief Executive Officer of Cork Opera House.
“He was at the top of his game for over 40 years and has left an enormous legacy in his wake.”
A funeral mass for the comedian will be held in The Church of St Nicholas of Myra, Francis Street, The Liberties, Dublin today.
Local street artist Fintan painted a huge mural honouring ‘Bottler’ near the church ahead of the funeral procession.
The Liberties in Dublin ready to welcome home Brendan Grace this morning pic.twitter.com/nzb8LTUnkb
— Mick Caul (@caulmick) July 15, 2019
The Book of Condolences will be open for signing at Cork Opera House’s box office for the next two weeks, Monday to Saturday from 10 am until 5pm.