Tributes pour in for famous Dublin entertainer Paddy Drac

Paddy Finlay, the Dublin entertainer who brought joy to generations at the Dublin St Patrick's Day parade as Paddy Drac, has died after a short illness.

The Tallaght man passed away on Saturday afternoon, with his son Graham later announcing the sad news on Facebook.

"Friends of Paddy,

"Just to let you know , Paddy lost his short battle with cancer today shortly before 1pm in Tallaght Hospital.

"We will all miss him, may he rest in peace with his Nan.

"Enjoy the memory of his stories.

"We will post details on rip.ie through Rom Massey Undertakers and thank you all for your support and love for Paddy.

"His Son Graham"

Finlay was a mainstay of the Dublin St Patrick's Day parade for almost half a century.

He was also a patron of charities, with decades of work being put in.

He did not appear at this year's parade due to illness.

His funeral mass takes place in St Dominic's Church in Tallaght tomorrow morning.

There have been many tributes on social media from friends and colleagues.

Sorry to hear this. I met Paddy Drac a few times. A really lovely man. He'd often send me cards on special occasions. Sincere sympathies to his family. RIP. xxx https://t.co/DY4jePDoAF

— Nuala Carey (@nualacarey25) April 14, 2019

Dublin has lost a great character.

Rest In Peace Paddy Drac - Paddy Finlay - a wonderful Tallaght man who loved laughter and his community x pic.twitter.com/TGUYkI5gB0

— Al Porter (@TheAlPorter) April 13, 2019

#PaddyDrac #Tallaght will never forget you x Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/01kuslNeOY

— Tallaght Community Council (RCN)20012335 (@TallaghtComCo) April 13, 2019