Irish music legend and founder of The Chieftains Paddy Moloney has died aged 83.
with tributes pouring in across social media.
The acclaimed musician, who founded the legendary Irish music group back in 1962,
died on Monday at the age of 83.
The Donneycarney native played tin whistle and uileann pipes, taught to play by pipe
master Leo Rowsome.
Paddy played with Sean Potts, Michael Tubridy and Sean Keane in various
combinations that went on to become The Chieftains.
The group were signed to Island Records which brought their music to the US, and
they collaborated with stars from Mick Jagger to Luciano Pavarotti and won six
Grammy awards from 18 nominations.
Moloney remained the only original member, touring with the popular group for six
decades before his death.
He also wrote film scores and appeared as a guest performer on recordings with Paul
McCartney, Art Garfunkel and Dolly Parton.
The musician worked at building supplies company Baxendale & Co after leaving
school, using his wage to keep up his career in music before going on to work at
Claddagh Records as success struck with The Chieftains.
Paddy met artist wife Rita O’Reilly while at Baxendale, with whom he shared three
children – sons Aonghus and Padraig and daughter Aedin.
Paying tribute, President Michael D. Higgins said:
“The Irish music community, and indeed the much larger community throughout the
world who found such inspiration in his work will have learnt with great sadness
today of the passing of Paddy Moloney, founder and leader of the Chieftains.
“Paddy, with his extraordinary skills as an instrumentalist, notably the uileann pipes
and bodhrán, was at the forefront of the renaissance of interest in Irish music,
bringing a greater appreciation of Irish music and culture internationally.”