Thousands of people have paid their respects online to a much-loved barber, who passed away last Sunday.

Liam Finnegan (73) was the owner of the famous Waldorf Barbershop on Westmoreland Street, which posted a heartfelt tribute to the grooming expert on Sunday evening.

He took over the barbershop in 1994 alongside his daughter, Linda.

The barbers wrote on Facebook: “It is with great sadness that we wish to inform you that our boss, legend, Godfather of barbering, and dearest friend Liam Finnegan has passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family.

“It is a huge loss to us all, and the global barbering community. He was a master of his trade, an inspiration, and a true gentleman. He was very much loved and respected by everyone who knew him.”

As a mark of respect, the barbershop shut its doors from Sunday until Thursday, February 21.

Many recalled Mr Finnegan fondly in the comments of the post, with many recalling him as an artist and gentleman through and through.

Mr Finnegan was laid to rest in Glasnevin on Tuesday afternoon, following a service in St Anthony’s Church in Clontarf.