Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has expressed his sadness at the passing of legendary Uilleann Pipe player Liam Óg O’Flynn at the age of 72 earlier today.

Deputy Martin said, “Liam Óg helped to revolutionise traditional Irish music with Planxty and played a leading role in ensuring the rich heritage of the Uilleann Pipe has been protected for future generations. His immense legacy can be seen in the vitality of traditional Irish music across the globe today. From Kill, Co.Kildare to the far corners of the world he has bequeath a mesmerising tapestry of music.

“His own virtuosity can be seen in the depth of talent that were eager to work with him over the decades. A founding member of Planxty, he was central to its unique marriage of old folk songs and traditional Irish music that shook up the scene in the early 1970’s. Liam’s commitment to the Uilleann Pipes starting with the seminal founding of Na Píobairí Uilleann and has secured its place in our shared collective musical heritage. The famous bridge from Raggle Taggle Gypsy to Tabhair dom do Lamh remains an enduring moment in Irish music that will still thrill lovers of Irish music for countless years to come.

“I want to express my sincere condolences to his friends and family at this sad time.”