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Irish singer and entertainer Val Doonican has died aged 88

Published 02/07/2015 | 11:15

UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Irish singer Val Doonican performs on a television show circa 1970. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Irish singer Val Doonican performs on a television show circa 1970. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)

Popular Irish singer and entertainer Val Doonican has passed away aged 88.

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Born in Waterford on February 3, 1927, he was the youngest of three children, and moved to England in 1951 to join the Irish quartet, The Four Ramblers.

The star rose to fame in the 60s with a solo career and he had his own show on BBC, The Val Doonican Show, which ran from 1965 to 1986 and often featured invited guests.

He had huge success with five of his albums hitting the top 10 in the UK chart.

Portrait of singer Val Doonican with his guitar, circa 1965. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of singer Val Doonican with his guitar, circa 1965. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

He was also known for popular singles 'What Would I Be', 'Walk Tall' and 'Elusive Butterfly'.

After more than 60 years in the business, Doonican stopped performing in 2009 and two years later he was granted the Freedom of Waterford.

He passed away peacefully last night and is survived by his wife Lynn, daughters Sarah and Fiona and grandchildren Bethany and Scott.

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