The death has been announced of one of Ireland's foremost singer-songwriters, Christie Hennessy.

Born in Tralee in Co Kerry, he worked for many years in England and achieved much commercial success following the release of his debut album in 1972.

A statement, posted on his official website, said: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Christie passed away this morning.

"We just want you all to know how much that Christie appreciated your love and support over the years. He will be sadly missed by all."

A renowned songwriter as well as performer, he wrote several songs that became hits for other singers including 'Don't Forget your Shovel', made famous by Christy Moore, and 'All the Lies that You Told Me', recorded by Frances Black.

Earlier this year Christie Hennessy was diagnosed with Asbestosis, but was determined to keep working, and at the time of his death was working on an album of duets and a documentary.