Irish folk singer Danny Doyle, who scored a number of No 1s in Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s and memorably knocked ABBA off the top of the Irish charts, has died at the age of 79.

Widely acclaimed as one of Ireland's best balladeers, the Dublin-born singer's hits included Whiskey on a Sunday, A Daisy a Day and The Rare Auld Times, and during his career, he appeared in concert at venues including Carnegie Hall in New York and London’s Albert Hall.

Mr Doyle enjoyed success in the 1960s and 1970s and was a regular in the Irish singles and album charts, and scored three No 1 singles, one of which knocked ABBA's Take a Chance on Me off the top of the charts after just one week in 1978.

In total he recorded 25 albums, including 1993's Emigrant Eyes, a collaboration with his sister Geraldine, a comedian popular in Australia, which told the musical tale of the Irish emigration to North America in the 1840s.

Mr Doyle relocated to the US in 1983 and had retired from performing but joined numerous musicians on stage at the end of the 2010 Milwaukee Irish Fest.

Fans, friends and fellow musicians have been paying tribute on twitter.