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Deserved tributes to Dubliner Eamonn Campbell

Eamonn Campbell, who died yesterday at the age of 70 after a short illness, was a key figure in the world of Irish traditional music for more than half a century.

A talented guitarist and singer, as well as a respected producer, his career reached a peak when he joined the legendary Dubliners over 30 years ago.

Mr Campbell helped to bring the band to an entirely new audience when a collaboration with the Pogues led to a memorable Top Of The Pops appearance in 1987.

He was part of a unique generation of Irish performers, who were as well known internationally as they were at home, and the tributes he received yesterday from admirers including President Michael D Higgins were well deserved.

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