Uilleann piper Tomás Ó Canainn dies aged 82

Monday 16 September 2013 22.59
Uilleann piper Tomás Ó Canainn dies aged 82

Well-known traditional musician, poet and writer Tomás Ó Canainn has died at the age of 82.

The Derry-born uilleann piper was probably best known as a member of Na Filí.

Mr Ó Canainn, fiddler Matt Cranitch and whistle player Tom Barry brought traditional music to an international audience in the 1970s.

Dean of the engineering faculty at UCC, Mr Ó Canainn studied for a music degree under Séan Ó Riada.

After Mr Ó Riada's death in 1971, he gave lectures in both traditional Irish music and in engineering.

He was the author of a number of books on traditional music and poetry, as well as writing two novels and a biography of Mr Ó Riada.

Mr Ó Canainn lived in Glanmire in Co Cork. He is survived by his wife Helen and daughters Nuala, Úna and Niamh.

He died in hospital in Cork yesterday and his funeral will take place tomorrow morning.