The death has been announced of fiddler Martin Fay who was a founding member of The Chieftains.

The 76-year-old who was from Cabra in Dublin had been ill for some time. In 1962 he was one of the founding members of the group. In 2001 Fay decided to stop touring with the group only making occasional appearances and he retired in full the following year.

The Chieftains' website says Martin was inspired to take up music after seeing a film on Paganini with the soundtrack played by Yehudi Menuhin deeply affecting him. His early passion was for classical music but he later became hooked on Irish music and became a member of Ceoltóirí Cualann before the group was founded.