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Bagatelle's 'Summer In Dublin' songwriter and frontman dies at 65

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GIFTED LYRICIST: Musician Liam Reilly. Photo: Owen Breslin

GIFTED LYRICIST: Musician Liam Reilly. Photo: Owen Breslin

GIFTED LYRICIST: Musician Liam Reilly. Photo: Owen Breslin

A flood of tributes have been paid to singer-songwriter Liam Reilly who died suddenly at his home on New Year's Day, aged 65.

His song Summer In Dublin, which he wrote in 1980, resonated with a whole generation and it became an established Irish classic.

The song was hugely successful for Bagatelle, the group he founded in his native Dundalk with fellow musicians Wally McConville, Ken Doyle and John O'Brien in 1978.

The band stated yesterday "with sad hearts" that their frontman and pianist had died peacefully at his home.

The musician's family stated: "We know that his many friends and countless fans around the world will share in our grief as we mourn his loss, but celebrate the extraordinary talent of the man whose songs meant so much to so many."

Bagatelle became hugely successful nationally following Summer In Dublin and signed a three-album deal. Hits such as Second Violin and Lesson Street Lady followed.

The singer represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1990 and came joint-second with his song Somewhere in Europe.

He told author Brian Kennedy for the band's biography last year that Summer In Dublin represented a series of encounters he had on a single day in Dublin.

Brian Warfield of the Wolfe Tones, who hit Number One with Reilly's The Streets of New York, said he was "a genius storyteller who had a gift for connecting with people".

Broadcaster Ian Dempsey said he was "one of Ireland's best ever lyricists".

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