Tributes are pouring in for actor and comedian Sean Hughes who has passed away aged 51.
Although he was born in London, Hughes grew up in Firhouse where he attended Colaiste Éanna in Ballyroan and regularly returned to the area to visit family.
The groundbreaking comedian won the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award in 1987 for his stand-up show A One Night Stand With Sean Hughes.
He went on to become one of the team captains on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and wrote several books throughout his career.
Hughes was also the star of Channel 4’s hugely popular series Sean’s Show in the 90s and more recently starred as travelling salesman, Pat, in Coronation Street.
It was announced earlier today that Hughes, who was suffering from liver cirrhosis, passed away after a short hospital stay in London.
Many high profile comics and friends of the comedian expressed their shock on Twitter…
Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. Started on the circuit with him back in the day. RIP.
— Jack Dee (@TheRealJackDee) October 16, 2017
So sad to hear of Sean Hughes death. He was the first comic I ever saw live. A very funny man. Awful news.
— Sarah Millican (@SarahMillican75) October 16, 2017
Seàn Hughes has died and I’m fucking heartbroken. So funny on stage, so infuriating to know and so sad he’s gone. #RIPSeanHughes
— Jarlath Regan (@Jarlath) October 16, 2017
Very upset to hear about the death of Sean Hughes at just 51. Sending our best to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/6gEGcRZGv0
— BBC Comedy (@bbccomedy) October 16, 2017
Irish comedy in the 1990s. Linehan and Mathews were Lennon and McCartney to me. D’Unbelievables were the Kinks. But Sean Hughes was Elvis.
— Paul Howard (@AkaPaulHoward) October 16, 2017
So sad. RIP Sean Hughes – a wonderfully silly, anarchic & hilarious comic. I always enjoyed the mad tangents our conversations would take.
— Aisling Bea (@WeeMissBea) October 16, 2017
— joe rooney (@joerooney1) October 16, 2017