Maeve Binchy, legendary Irish writer passed away peacefully last night in a Dublin hospital after a short illness. Binchy, a University College Dublin (UCD) graduate, published many novels, novellas, plays and short stories in her time, and also contributed to the world of Journalism. In her lifetime she sold more than 40 million books worldwide, and reached stunning success. Her books Circle of Friends and Tara Road were adapted into successful films, and the novel Tara Road was chosen as an Oprah’s Book Club selection in 1999.
Tributes have been issued across the world since her death. Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny issued condolences, and Irish President Michael.D.Higgins said he was “deeply saddened” to hear of her death. Author Cathy Kelly tweeted today that “The world is truly a darker place without the golden light of lovely Maeve Binchy. We’ll all miss her genius.”
Maeve Binchy will be sorely missed from the world of Irish literature. She has made a mark on the literary world of Ireland with her humourous, and often poignant portrayals of Irish life.