The Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival chairman, Cormac O’Mahony said that the presence of Paddy Cronin will be sadly missed in the general Sliabh Luachra area and in the associated music circles.
“He was in great form when we went to Kilmurry in February 2013 to mark the 50th anniversary of his great teacher, Patrick O’Keeffe. He was one of the great, early supporters of the festival in its formative years. At the time to have the backing of the likes of Paddy Cronin meant an awful lot to us. For his honesty and sincerity – because Paddy would tell you if things weren’t going according to plan – I’d like to offer our condolences to his family, his admirers and friends everywhere. I’d like to think that he counted this festival among his favourites as he always enjoyed his time here,” said Cormac.
Paddy’s remains left The Church Of The Resurrection, Park Road, Killarney. Requiem Mass on Wednesday morning after 10.30am mass for burial afterwards in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery. There, after the ceremony and prayers, a group of musicians paid a fine Sliabh Luachra musical tribute to one of the giants of the genre and a man, once met, always remembered. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a Anam Díis.
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