Actor and comedian Brendan Grace has died, aged 68

No, the song wasn't written by The Wurzels, who had a huge United Kingdom hit with it in 1976, but by Irish comedian Brendan Grace, who went to Number One in Ireland a year earlier with the rustic version of Melanie's Brand New Key.

"It has now transpired that he is also suffering from cancer for which he is receiving ongoing care and treatment".

The Comedian, who has strong links to Clare, having ran and pub in Killaloe and lived in the area for a number of years, passed away following a short illness.

One of the best-known Irish comedians ever, Grace had recently announced the cancellation of several tour dates due to a lung cancer diagnosis.

"So sad at the passing of a great comedy legend, husband and father Brendan Grace. He gave a performance every night that merited the applause he received". We can look back with pride on Brendan's lifetime. "He was a great family man, very close with them and he was adored by his fans all over the world".

He also had many hits in the Irish record charts.

Grace got an early break in has career after being spotted performing by Frank Sinatra in Dublin, with the American superstar immediately asking him to support him in London.

Grace speaks about his upbringing, his start on the comedy circuit, and some of his most-loved characters, including Fr Fintan Stack in Father Ted.

He is survived by his wife Eileen and four children.

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