Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has expressed his deep sadness following the death of musician, composer and academic Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin.

Deputy Martin said, “Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin was an extraordinary musician and true pioneer.  We have lost a very special artist.

“His understanding of our music and his ability to fuse traditional and classical forms captured audiences in Ireland and around the world.

“His talent as a teacher was also unparalleled, inspiring generations of young men and women with a love of music to embrace and explore their craft.  As a founding member and director of University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Mícheál leaves a great legacy behind him and his talent will live on through the students who pass through its doors.

“I want to extend my sympathies to Mícheál’s family and friends and to the wider music and arts community.

“Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”