Stage and screen veteran Frank Kelly remembered

The actor and life long Equity member, Frank Kelly, died on Sunday, 28th February.

Kelly was a veteran of stage and screen for 60 years. Among his most popular roles were on RTÉ’s satirical show Hall’s Pictorial Weekly and as Father Jack on Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.

He also appeared in Glenroe between 1999 and 2001 and later spent five months on the cast of ITV soap Emmerdale. In 2014 he appeared as the judge in Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie. He was also a regular stage performer in Ireland and abroad.

Kelly was born in 1938 in Blackrock, County Dublin, an area where he continued to live for most of his life. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease late last year.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years Bairbre, 7 children and 17 grandchildren.