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gentleman Tributes pour in from Irish country music stars for Ronnie Kennedy

Kennedy was a member of Daniel O'Donnell's band for over 30 years

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Ronnie Kennedy

Ronnie Kennedy

Ronnie Kennedy

Irish country music’s biggest stars have paid tribute to Dublin musician Ronnie Kennedy, who has died following a long battle with cancer.

Leading the tributes was Daniel O’Donnell, who was close friends with the performer who was part of his band for many years.

"Ronnie had been ill for some time and his wife Fran and all his family wanted me to thank you for your prayers during this time,” said Daniel.

“As you know Ronnie was part of my band for over 30 years. We shared some wonderful times together and I have great memories of all the many things we did.

“I am very grateful that I got to spend some precious time with Ronnie last Friday to say goodbye. Our loss is heaven's gain.”

Ronnie, from Ballyfermot in Dublin, played accordion and keyboards with Daniel for decades and was very well known among the star’s wide fanbase here and internationally.

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Nathan Carter

Nathan Carter

Nathan Carter

Nathan Carter, who knew the musician well, also paid tribute. “I am very sad to hear of the passing of my good friend Ronnie Kennedy! Your friendship and guidance meant the world to me.

“Myself and the band will never forget your jokes & kindness on tour. Thinking of Fran and all the family at this sad time! RIP Ron and I hope you’re playing a few tunes up there!”

Country star Jimmy Buckley also paid tribute. “Saddened to hear of the passing of one of our greatest musicians and an absolute gentleman.

“Ronnie Kennedy was a true blue and was much loved by all his colleagues in the entertainment industry. Sincere Sympathy to Ronnie’s family at this very sad time.”

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