The President is leading the tributes to Leitrim folk singer Mary McPartlan who has passed away.
The Drumkeerin woman died following an illness today.
She began her singing career in the 1970’s with group Calypso and was involved in theatre where she was among the founding members of Galway theatre company Skehana.
President Micheal D Higgins has today described her as “one of the greatest traditional singers of her generation” and said “she leaves a legacy of achievement for the arts that will endure”.
Heartbroken at the news that my good pal, Mary McPartlan, has died. Deepest sympathy to Paddy and ‘the girls’. May she sing forever. pic.twitter.com/qXNHsb4YyP
— Donncha O'Connell (@donnchanuig) April 6, 2020
"Sabina and I were among the many who were privileged to call her our friend, and we will all miss her so much."
Statement by President Higgins on the death of Mary McPartlan: https://t.co/62RX6zJeyV
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) April 6, 2020
Our beautiful friend Mary McPartlan has died. Here is a glimpse of her life, a fragment of her singing. More later. All our love goes out to Paddy, Mairead, Meabh and the family. pic.twitter.com/I1d0tpABOd
— Susan McKay (@SusanMcKay15) April 6, 2020