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Statement by President Higgins on the death of Charlie Lennon

Date: Sun 9th Jun, 2024 | 20:04

"With the passing of Charlie Lennon Irish music has lost one of its most talented and generous artists. Charlie Lennon was an outstanding musician and composer who leaves behind a rich catalogue of compositions.

From deep connections in traditional music, growing up in a musical house, he learned the fiddle from his late brother, the acclaimed Ben Lennon.

His compositions such as The Twelve Pins, The Smiling Bride, and The Road to Cashel among so many others will live on through the many musicians who will continue to play them in the decades to come.

Named TG4 Composer of the Year in 2006, he will be rightly remembered as both a superb composer, both of traditional tunes and orchestral works and as an accomplished fiddler player and pianist.

Indeed, his talents and brilliance for what was challenging were so many that receiving a Doctorate in Nuclear Physics was part of what was a truly remarkable career

May I extend my deepest sympathies to Charlie's wife Síle Tim Ní Fhlaithearta, his children Seán, Éilís and Donal, and to all his family, friends and fellow musicians."