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Tributes to De Dannan co-founder, musician Alec Finn, following death at 74

Tributes have been paid to musician Alec Finn - a co-founder of Galway-based folk group De Dannan - who has passed away at the age of 74
Marie Louise McConville

TRIBUTES have been paid to musician Alec Finn who has passed away at the age of 74.

A co-founder of Galway-based folk group De Dannan along with Frankie Gavin, Ringo McDonagh and Charlie Piggot, the well-known performer died peacefully at his home in Galway yesterday.

A talented musician, Mr Finn was born in England, but had made Galway his home, residing in the 15th century Oranmore Castle with his wife, artist Leonie King, and their family.

He performed with De Dannan from its foundation in 1975 until the band split in 2003.

In recent years, the musician had performed with the band with varying line-ups and earlier this year he appeared on stage with Frankie Galvin, Colm Murphy, and Máirtín O'Connor as De Dannan to play out TG4's Gradam Awards.

The band also provided a launch pad for a number of leading Irish female folk singers, including Dolores Keane and Mary Black.

President Michael D Higgins described the musician as a "distinguished solo artist and session musician" adding that he always brought his "famed sensitivity and skill to every performance.

"It has been a privilege to know Alec Finn," he said.

"Sabina and I send our deepest condolences to his family, colleagues and friends, in the full knowledge that Alec Finn's music will live on and continue to inspire countless people around the world."

Broadcaster John Kelly said: "Sad news. I'm very sorry to hear of the death of Alec Finn. We have lost so many of the greats in recent times. Another one gone".

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