Friends and fans continue to pay tribute to Irish Actor Tom Hickey

Tom Hickey

Tributes are continuing to pour in for Irish actor Tom Hickey as he sadly passed away over the weekend.

Tom, who was in his 70s, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease back in 2013, spending the last 8 years battling the illness.

The Kildare man was best known for his role as Benjy in the Irish soap opera The Riordans. Tom also played roles in beloved Irish and UK films such as Inside I’m Dancing, The Butcher Boy, and Breakfast on Pluto. 

Leading the tributes, close friend of Tom’s, President Michael D Higgins said on Twitter:

“It is with great sadness that Sabina and I learned of the death of Tom Hickey, one of the greatest actors of his generation, giving over six decades to his profession.

“He leaves an indelible imprint on Irish theatre.

“He will be so missed. It was a privilege to know him as a friend.”

Statement from President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins on the death of Tom Hickey: https://t.co/fmp8P4NdJl

— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) May 1, 2021

Another life-long friend of Tom, Alan Glisnan shared a moving tribute to his friend, saying that he was “happiest when he was working”

Irish actor Chris O’Dowd also paid tribute to the screen-star, remembering fondly the time they worked together on the set of Moone Boy.

While another woman shared a memory she has of Tom during her first job.

Our thoughts are with Tom’s family and friends at this difficult time.


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