Paddy Moloney, founder of The Chieftains is dead

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Paddy Moloney, founder of the legendary Irish music band The Chieftains in 1962 in reportedly dead at the age of 83.

The musician was born in 1938, at north County Dublin and was brought up in a family with a love of music.

Before his death, Moloney was a piper, tin whistle player and composer for The Chieftains. He was also the founder of the music band and went on to be at the forefront of the traditional Irish music scene for decades.

As the information of his demise reached the public, Irish President Michael D Higgins led tributes to the him, saying that his music has inspired people around the world and they “will have learnt with great sadness” of his passing.

“”He brought a love of Irish music not just to the diaspora, but to all those across the world who heard his music and appreciated it for its own sake as it transcended all musical boundaries.” President Higgins wrote.

“The term ‘legend’ is regularly overused, but hard to think of any other way to describe this giant of Irish music and culture.”Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Micheál Martin also hailed Paddy’s contribution to Irish music.

“Uilleann piper, tin whistle player, composer, arranger and leader of The Chieftains, Paddy made an enormous contribution to Irish traditional music, song and dance.

“What a wonderful musical legacy he has left us.”The Irish Traditional Music Archive said in a statement on social media.

Imelda May shared a tribute on Twitter, writing about Paddy: “So sad to hear of the passing of our dearest Paddy Moloney.

“He was ours wasn’t he He made us all so proud of our heritage and brought such joyous energy.

“I’m honoured to have known and worked with not just a legend but a thoroughly lovely man.” she concluded.