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Statement by President Higgins on the death of Dr. Mick Moloney

Date: Thu 28th Jul, 2022 | 15:52

Mar Uachtarán na hÉireann, as President of Ireland, may I say it is with deep sadness that I have learnt of the death of musician and scholar, Dr. Mick Moloney. 

Dr. Moloney was an admired Global Distinguished Professor at Glucksman Ireland House, New York University, as part of their Irish Studies Programme and Music Department. His passing is a loss to the musical heritage of Ireland, to Irish America and to Irish music worldwide.

In 2013, I was very pleased to present Mick Moloney with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award for his exceptional contribution as a folklorist, musician and scholar.

In addition to his valued work with NYU, Mick taught ethnomusicology, folklore and Irish Studies at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Georgetown and Villanova.

Mick made his love of music an integral part of his life’s work and his generosity of spirit in sharing his talents and passion for Irish music and culture will live on as part of his deep legacy.

Sabina joins with me in sending our deep condolences to his family, friends, fellow lovers of music and his students at this sad time.

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