Maeve Binchy, Author of Circle of Friends, Dies at 72
07/31/2012 AT 11:00 AM EDT
During her illustrious career, Binchy wrote 16 novels, four collections of short stories, a play and a novella.
Her books, which have been featured on The New York Times bestseller list and as part of Oprah's Book Club, have been translated into 37 languages.
In 1995, Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnell starred in the film version of Circle of Friends, a tale of college students set in 1950s Ireland.
In 2005, Andie MacDowell and Olivia Williams brought Binchy's characters to life when Binchy's Tara Road was made into a feature film.
"We have lost a national treasure," Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said in a statement.
Binchy is survived by her husband Gordon Snell, her brother William and her sister, Joan.