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Tributes after Glenroe star Mick Lally dies

Tributes have been pouring in for distinguished Irish actor Mick Lally (right), best known for his character Miley Byrne in long-running soap Glenroe.

The 64-year-old former teacher died after a short illness.

Mr Lally was also a founding member of the famed Druid Theatre group, along with Garry Hynes and Marie Mullen, which went on to become an award-winning company of international renown.

He was an acclaimed stage actor who secured a part in the premiere of Brian Friel's play Translations in Londonderry in 1980.

Mr Lally became a household favourite when took the role in Glenroe, starring alongside his on-screen wife Mary McEvoy.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen said he was shocked and saddened by the actor's sudden death.

“He was one of the most loved actors of his generation and will be dearly missed by the public and his colleagues in theatre and television,” Mr Cowen said.

National University of Ireland Galway president, Dr James Browne, also paid tribute to the late actor and university graduate.

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