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Padraig Duggan, founding member of Clannad, has died at 67

Sasha Brady

Published 09/08/2016 | 12:06

Noel Duggan, Ciaran Brennan, Moya Brennan, Padraig Duggan and Paul Brennan of Irish group Clannad pose on November 24, 1982. (Photo by H. McCarthy/Express/Getty Images)
Noel Duggan, Ciaran Brennan, Moya Brennan, Padraig Duggan and Paul Brennan of Irish group Clannad pose on November 24, 1982. (Photo by H. McCarthy/Express/Getty Images)

Padraig Duggan, musician and founding member of Clannad has died at 67.

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The musician, songwriter and founding member of Irish Celtic music pioneers, Clannad, died early today in Blanchardstown Hospital, following a recurring illness.

Padraig, who played guitar and mandolin, was one of the founding members of Clannad, having formed the group in the early 1970s with his twin brother Noel.

Their breakthrough, and the beginning of worldwide acclaim, came in 1982 when their theme song for the TV mini-series, Harry’s Game became a UK hit.

The band released 25 albums and won many awards, including an Ivor Novello (1982), BAFTA (1984) and a Grammy (1999), as well as an Irish Meteor and BBC Folk Lifetime Achievement Award.

Clannad also contributed a track to the Oscar-winning drama The Last of the Mohicans, painstakingly researching the Mohican tribe to write the lyrics in their near-extinct language.

They were also the first ever band to perform in Irish on Top of the Pops.

His niece, musician Moya Brennan, took to Twitter to share the sad news of her uncle's death.

"My dear uncle and Clannad member Padraig Duggan passed away peacefully this morning. Rest in Peace Padraig."

The musician is survived by his wife Jan.

Donegal News report that his wake will take place at his home in Palmerstown in Dublin from 6pm today.

The removal will take place in Gweedore, Donegal, arriving at St Mary’s Church Derrybeg at 7pm Wednesday with a funeral mass at 1pm Thursday.

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