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Statement by President Higgins on the death of Dessie O'Halloran

Date: Sun 29th Sep, 2019 | 00:01

“It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of a great friend of Irish music and island life, Dessie O’Halloran, singer, musician and performer.

Blessed with a distinctive voice and great musical talent, he used his music to bridge the divides of space, time and social background.
A man from Inishbofin, where his heart always dwelled, Dessie O’Halloran has left a legacy that people will continue to celebrate.
It was a privilege to know Dessie and his extended family at a personal level.

As President of Ireland may I express my deepest condolences to his family, his friends and all those who love Irish music and creativity.

His special voice will always be recalled when his name is invoked at the sessions.”