The first part of the Brendan Grace documentary, Thanks for the Memories aired on RTÉ One last night and judging by the reaction, it tugged on the heartstrings of the entire nation.
Fans watched through their tears as the legendary comedian prepared to document his return to the stage of Dublin’s Olympia Theatre for a show with the Forget-Me-Nots - a community choir for those suffering with dementia.
It was while Grace was filming his comeback he received his devastating diagnosis, this is when the documentary took a different turn.
At the start of last night’s episode Grace introduced the programme with a heartbreaking piece to camera recorded days before his death.
"Hiya folks, this is Brendan Grace here," he said.
"I'd like to be here when it's over, but I want you to enjoy it very well. I had hoped to be in better condition doing it, but I don't have to be in better condition - you have.
"And the title of it is, Thanks for the Memories. Love you all."
For a programme that might have been sad, this is full of joy. Mind you, I’m a bit weepy either way. #BrendanGrace— Philip Nolan (@philipnolan1) September 30, 2019
Ah lads... Brendan & Eileen... I’m an emotional wreck watching this #BrendanGrace— Eimear O’Mahony (@munsterpixie) September 30, 2019
What a lovely man Brendan grace was, heartbreaking to see him just before the end, ever the showman and wanting the show to go on despite knowing he wouldn't make it. So sad #BrendanGrace #thanksforthememories— Andra Johnston (@IamAndraJ) September 30, 2019
Omg Carmel died 😭😭😭
Why am I watching this 😢😢😢#BrendanGrace
I'm pouring a wine.... Feck it— CROSSY (@CrossyTweets) September 30, 2019
Jesus, Brendan .. that opening hit me hard.. #brendangrace— Jimmy Allen (@JimAllen71) September 30, 2019
Ahh watching the series on #BrendanGrace .. so sad 😥— Kate McLoughney (@KateMcLoughney) September 30, 2019
The second episode of Brendan Grace - Thanks for the Memories airs on RTÉ One on Monday, October 7 at 9:35pm