wonderful Conamara singer and storyteller from Glinsce, Carna, County Galway.
News of the passing of Diarmuid Ó Cathasaigh, Uachtaráin, Howth Singing Circle, was quickly echoed around Ireland and beyond. He was a much-respected singer – go háirithe amhráin i nGaeilge – and dramatic deliverer of recitations.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist, Kieran Halpin, died on Monday October 5, aged 65, in Munich. Based in Germany in recent years, Kieran was born in Ardee, Co. Louth and began playing clubs at the age of 15.
Renowned composer and musician, Martin Mulhaire, died in New York on September 12.
The acclaimed Clare concertina master, Chris Droney died at the age of 95 during the night of Wednesday September 9. Following a short illness, Chris died peacefully surrounded by family at the University Hospital in Galway.
The death has been announced of the inspirational London-based musician and teacher, Brendan Mulkere whose outstanding contribution to traditional music was recognised in the award of a TG4 Gradam Cheoil in 2019.
The death has been announced of the outstanding fiddler and composer, John Dwyer – originally from Castletownbere in Co. Cork and most recently residing in New Ross, Co. Wexford.
The great Chicago-based flute player, Kevin Henry, died on June 10. Among the many tributes that followed his death was this from Martin Hayes: “The wonderful musician, story teller and carrier of tradition has passed away. He was one of the greats.”
Renowned Sliabh Luachra fiddler, Paddy Jones from Castleisland via Knocknagoshel in County Kerry, died peacefully on Saturday May 30 at the Bon Secours Hospital in Tralee.
Acclaimed traditional singer, Nora Butler, has passed away overnight. A native of Toomevara, Co.Tipperary, Nora was a former All-Ireland champion and had been involved with Comhaltas for over fifty-five years.