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Joan as Eunice in Fair City.

Joan O'Hara (b. 11 October 1930 in County Sligo [1] - d. 23 July 2007 in Dublin) was an Irish stage, film and television actress. She performed in many plays in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, including those by Seán O'Casey, Lady Gregory and W.B. Yeats. She appeared as Maurya in the 1988 film The Dawning.

More recently, O'Hara was best-known for appearing in the popular Irish television soap opera Fair City, broadcast on RTÉ One. She joined the soap in 1994, portraying the character Eunice Phelan until her own (O'Hara's) death in 2007.


Personal life

O'Hara was born and raised in County Sligo, the daughter of an officer in the British Corps of Royal Engineers. She attended the same Ursuline convent school as fellow actress (and friend), the late Pauline Flanagan. O'Hara went on to live most of her life in Dublin with her husband and three children, one of whom is the playwright Sebastian Barry, who wrote The Steward of Christendom. One of O'Hara's sisters, Mary O'Hara, is a soprano and harpist. '


Joan O'Hara Barry died in Dublin on 23 July 2007 of complications from heart disease, aged 76. Her death was announced on RTÉ News the following day.[2]


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