Tributes have been paid to Irish music "giant" and co-founder of The Chieftains Paddy Moloney following his death aged 83.

In 1962, the Dublin-born musician founded The Chieftains alongside the original lineup of Seán Potts, Martin Fay, David Fallon and Mick Tubridy.

The Chieftains went on to become one of the best-known Irish traditional groups in the world and Moloney has left an indelible mark on the Irish music scene.

Imelda May was among those paying tribute to Moloney on Twitter, saying she was "so sad" to hear of his passing.

"He was ours wasn't he," she continued. "He made us all so proud of our heritage and brought such joyous energy. I'm honoured to have known and worked with not just a legend but a thoroughly lovely man."

Writer and Ross O'Carroll-Kelly-creator Paul Howard said Moloney was "a wonderful gent".

Arts Minister Catherine Martin said we have "lost a giant of the national cultural landscape".

She tweeted: "Through the Chieftains, he brought the joy of Irish music to a global audience. His music was a source of celebration and pride for all of us."

Dave Fanning credited Moloney, who worked with a vast array of artists throughout his career, for always having "the best stories".

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