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Statement on the death of Maidhc Dainin Ó Sé

Thursday, August 29th - Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has expressed his sadness at the death of musician and author Maidhc Dainin Ó Sé. Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé, was without doubt a man of many talents, an author in the Irish language, a musician, a poet, a singer and story teller. In the 1950s, Maidhc moved to England and then settled in the US where he played music with many of the great traditional Irish musicians who lived in Chicago at that time.

Minister Deenihan commented:

"Maidhc Dainin Ó Sé was one of the country’s most important writers, following in the footsteps of Tomás Ó Criomhthain and Muiris Ó Súilleabháin. Maidhc was a very well known Irish language author, with books including A Thig ná Tit orm, Chicago Driver, Tae le Tae, and Is Glas iad na Cnoic to name just a few

"Maidhc was also a highly accomplished musician. He played for all of his life, whether living at home in County Kerry or in the United Kingdom or United States as a young man, and made fantastic recordings featuring traditional song and music from West Kerry.

"Tá fear na scéalaíochta, fear an cheoil is an ghrinn, file agus scríbhneoir clúiteach agus cara mór na Gaeltachta ar shlí na fírinne inniu ach mairfidh a cháil go deo san oidhreacht luachmhar atá fágtha aige ina dhiaidh do na glúine atá le teacht.

"I would like to convey my deepest sympathy to Maidhc's wife Caitlín, to his surviving children Caoimhín, Danny and Daithí and Mary Ellen, and to his many friends in Ireland and overseas. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."