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Maeve Binchy was the author of various literary works, including 16 novels. Her most popular books include Light a Penny Candle, Echoes, Circle of Friends and Tara Road.
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Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland made a statement following the news of Binchy's death: "Across Ireland and the world, people are mourning and celebrating Maeve Binchy. She is a huge loss wherever stories of love, hope, generosity and possibility are read and cherished."
One of Binchy's last written novels, A Week in Winter, is slated to be posthumously released by the end of 2012.
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