The President is leading tributes to Kildare muscian, Liam O'Flynn, who has died, aged 72.
The Kill native and legendary uilleann piper was a founder member of Planxty, and was widely regarded as a global ambassador for Irish traditional music .
He was also well known for his artistic collaborations with artists from other traditions and practices, such as poet Séamus Heaney and guitarist Mark Knopfler, singers Kate Bush and Emmy Lou Harris.
Michael D Higgins says he leaves an important and lasting legacy through his music.
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan says "His skill and mastery of piping was exceptional..he transported the audiences to Ireland, and his passing leaves both the Irish at home and abroad all the poorer. "
The Arts Council has expressed its regret at the passing of O'Flynn, saying he "has left behind him an incredible legacy of music through his recordings, his careful support of other musicians and artists and his dedication to transmission of the great heritage of Irish music to future generations"
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