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Ireland Traditional piper Liam O'Flynn dies at 72

17:43  14 march  2018
17:43  14 march  2018 Source:   bbc.com

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UILLEANN piper Liam O ' Flynn has been described as a "giant of Irish music" following his death, aged 72 . The renowned piper , best known for his solo music and work with traditional group Planxty, passed away today following a long battle with cancer.

The master uilleann piper Liam O ’ Flynn has died , at the age of 72 , after being ill for some time. Born in Co Kildare, to a musical family, he formed the influential traditional group Planxty in 1972 with Christy Moore, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny.

Liam O'Flynn in 2013: The musician has been praised as a 'king among pipers and a prince among men' © BBC The musician has been praised as a 'king among pipers and a prince among men' The Irish traditional musician Liam O'Flynn has died after a long illness at the age of 72.

Mr O'Flynn, who played the uilleann pipes, had been a member of the well-known group Planxty alongside Christy Moore, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny.

He had also performed with Kate Bush, Emmylou Harris and Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler.

He was considered a master piper and a had a global following among fans of Irish traditional music.

The Arts Council of Ireland paid tribute saying Mr O'Flynn was "a virtuoso piper of international renown who brought uilleann piping and Irish music to the world stage".

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Renowned Uilleann piper , Liam O ' Flynn has died at the age of 72 . In 2007, O ' Flynn was named Musician of the Year at the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards, considered to be the foremost recognition given to traditional Irish musicians.

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Sheila Pratschke, the council's chairman, said the musician had left an incredible legacy, having collaborated with famous musicians as well as the poet, Séamus Heaney.

Liam Óg O'Flynn was born in 1945 in County Kildare to a musical family. His father was a fiddle player and his mother taught piano.

He was attracted to the uilleann pipes from an early age and excelled at the instrument.

In a tweet, Derry singer-songwriter Phil Coulter said he was "devastated" by Mr O'Flynn's death.

"He was a king among pipers and a prince among men. A complete musician and a gentle soul," he tweeted.

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