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RIP The Chieftains founding member Paddy Moloney (83) has died

The acclaimed performer has been credited with bringing traditional Irish music into the mainstream and his passing has sparked a wave of tributes from those in the industry

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Paddy Moloney, who was famous for playing the uileann pipes

Paddy Moloney, who was famous for playing the uileann pipes

Paddy Moloney, who was famous for playing the uileann pipes

Legendary musician Paddy Moloney has died at the age of 83.

Mr Moloney was the founder and leading figure of The Chieftains, which he set up along with Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy, in the early 1960s.

He passed away last night.

The acclaimed performer has been credited with bringing traditional Irish music into the mainstream and his passing has sparked a wave of tributes from those in the industry.

Originally from Donnycarney on Dublin’s northside, he was married to artist Rita O’Reilly and had three children, Aonghus, Padraig and actress/producer Aedin Moloney.

The Chieftains were one of the best-known Irish traditional groups in the world, winning six Grammys and he has left behind an enormous musical legacy.

He grew up in a musical family and began playing the tin whistle at an early age before moving on to the uileann pipes, learning from the pipe master Leo Rowsome.

In a statement, the Irish Traditional Music Archive said that he "made an enormous contribution to Irish traditional music, song and dance" and that "few people can lay claim to having the level of impact Paddy Moloney had on the vibrancy of traditional music throughout the world".

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