President Michael D Higgins is leading the tributes to Paddy Moloney, founder and leader of the Chieftains, who has died.
He says Paddy was at the forefront of the renaissance of interest in traditional music, bringing a greater appreciation of Irish culture internationally.
From Donnycarney in north Dublin, the 83 year old formed the Chieftans in 1962.
The group went on to international success, winning six Grammy awards.
Paddy Moloney is survived by his wife Rita and his children Aonghus, Pádraig and Aedín.
Statement from President Michael D. Higgins on the death of Paddy Moloney.
"Paddy, with his extraordinary skills as an instrumentalist, was at the forefront of the renaissance of interest in Irish music..." https://t.co/E5iOlU7GoP
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) October 12, 2021
Culture Minister Catherine Martin says we have lost a giant of the national cultural landscape.
With the passing of Paddy Moloney, we have lost a giant of the national cultural landscape. Through the Chieftains, he brought the joy of Irish music to a global audience. His music was a source of celebration and pride for all of us. Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam. pic.twitter.com/ivxXpQSWcM
— Catherine Martin TD (@cathmartingreen) October 12, 2021
The Music and Entertainment Association says Paddy Moloney was a 'giant' who brought Irish music to all corners of the globe.