The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney has died aged 83

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In a career spanning 60 years, Moloney was considered one of the leading exporters of Irish music.

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Paddy Moloney, leader of The Chieftains and one of the primary exporters of Irish music over the past 60 years, has died.

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The death of the musician at the age of 83 was announced yesterday (12 October) by The Irish Traditional Music Archive. No cause of death has been given so far.

To pay tribute to Moloney was Irish flute legend James Galway, nicknamed ‘The Man with the Golden Flute’.

“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my very good friend and colleague Paddy Maloney,” he wrote on Twitter. “A man with the vision and passion to bring traditional Irish music to the masses for whom we are forever indebted. Such wonderful memories that I will always cherish. “

Irish President Michael Higgins also paid tribute to Moloney, lauding his role in popularizing traditional Irish music around the world.

Higgins wrote, “The Irish music community, and indeed the much larger community around the world who found such inspiration in their work, will learn with great sadness today about the passing of Paddy Moloney.”

“Paddy, with his exceptional skills as an instrumentalist, particularly the Eulian pipe and bodhan, was at the forefront of a renaissance of interest in Irish music, leading to greater appreciation of Irish music and culture internationally.

“On behalf of Sabina and me, and on behalf of the people of Ireland, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Paddy’s family and friends, and especially to his wife, Rita, and their children, Onghus, Padrigue, and Edin. “

Others who paid tribute included Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May, who tweeted: “Saddened to hear of the passing of our dearest Paddy Moloney. He was ours, he was not. He made us all so proud of our heritage and brought such joyous energy. I am honored to have worked and got to know not only a legend but a very lovely human being.”

Moloney founded The Chieftains in 1962. During their decades-long career, the band performed at the 9/11 memorial service at Ground Zero in New York City, on the Great Wall of China and as part of Roger Waters’ “The Wall” performance. in Berlin in 1990.

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