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Tributes pour in for Irish actor Pat Laffan after tragic passing

Dublin Live logo Dublin Live 14/03/2019 Ailbhe Daly
Actor Pat Laffan who is known for playing character Pat Mustard from Father Ted, attends the funeral of Maeve Binchy, at the Church of the Assumption, Dalkey, south Dublin.   (Photo by Liam McBurney/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Images Actor Pat Laffan who is known for playing character Pat Mustard from Father Ted, attends the funeral of Maeve Binchy, at the Church of the Assumption, Dalkey, south Dublin. (Photo by Liam McBurney/PA Images via Getty Images)

TRIBUTES poured in for legendary actor Pat Laffan who tragically passed away.

The 79-year-old was best known for his roles as promiscuous milkman Pat Mustard on Father Ted and babymaker Georgie Burgess in The Snapper.

Pat Laffan looking at the camera: Pat Laffan has passed away © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Pat Laffan has passed away Even though Laffan only appeared in one episode of Father Ted, his role gave us some of the most memorable quotes from the show.

While chatting up Mrs Doyle, he said: “I’m so gorgeous, they want to put me under arrest” and later that episode, the infamous line: “Pat was wondering if he could put his massive tool in my box.”

Actress Pauline McLynn, who played the smitten Craggy Island housekeeper, paid tribute and said: “RIP the wonderful Pat Laffan. A WONDERFUL man, actor, friend, divil x”

Father Ted writer Graham Linehan added: “Rest in peace, Pat, a pleasure to work with you.” Tributes poured in from around the country, with many remembering him for his huge impact to Irish theatre and media. The Gate Theatre tweeted: “Over the years, Pat was an incredible force in the Irish theatre community and was no stranger to the Gate throughout his prolific career as an actor and director. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Pat Laffan, James Greene and Julia Dearden - In a scene from the play 'The Silver Tassie', at the Almeida Theatre, London. (Photoshot/Getty Images) Pat Laffan, James Greene and Julia Dearden - In a scene from the play 'The Silver Tassie', at the Almeida Theatre, London. (Photoshot/Getty Images)

Another Twitter tribute added: “You’re some boy if you can play a character once, in a single episode of a show, and create a 20-year strong Irish cultural icon.”

Pat was a member of the Abbey Theatre Company in the 1960s and 1970s, and was the Director of the Peacock Theatre for most of the 1970s. He directed in the Gate Theatre from 1979 to 1982.

Other screen credits include turns in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, Intermission, The General and Leap Year .

Pat Laffan attends the funeral of actor David Kelly at the Church of the Miraculous Medal in Clonskeagh, Dublin today.   (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Images Pat Laffan attends the funeral of actor David Kelly at the Church of the Miraculous Medal in Clonskeagh, Dublin today. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images)

Pat’s agency Lisa Richards announced his passing and paid tribute to a “close friend and mentor” and important supporter of the company’s founders working with him over almost three decades: “It is with tremendous sadness that we can confirm Pat Laffan’s passing today.

“Pat was one of the very first clients of the agency but much more than that, he was a close friend, a mentor and a hugely important supporter of the company’s founders and for many of the staff who had the pleasure to represent and work with him over the last almost 30 years.”

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