Brendan Grace has died at the age of 68.
The Comedian, who ran a pub in Killaloe and lived in the area for a number of years, passed away peacefully, following a a short illness.
Brenda Grace was most recently based in Florida and was due to tour Ireland this summer, before he was diagnosed with cancer.
Born in Dublin, he started his career in a showband but later became better known as a standup comedian, with his schoolboy character Bottler a favourite among fans.
Grace has sold out at venues across the world, and was particularly popular in the UK and US where he lived.
In 1995, he starred in the Irish film Moondance and the following year, he also attracted a large following after appearing in Father Ted.
Speaking on Clare FM’s Morning Focus in 2015, he said he enjoyed living in Clare.
Fellow comedian Brendan O’Carroll has led tributes this morning, saying “he opened doors for so many of us and leaves a legacy of love and laughter that will echo through this land”.
Brendan Grace is survived by his wife Eileen and their four children.
May he rest in peace.