By Eleanor Burnhill

Traditional musician Andy Irvine is appealing for help after he lost two of his precious musical instruments worth €16,000 while travelling from Dublin Airport to a music festival in Denmark.

He had to borrow alternative instruments to play there.

Posting today on Facebook, Mr Irvine, who celebrated his 80th birthday with a celebratory gig at Vicar Street in Dublin last month, said: "My two Sobell instruments, a guitar-bouzouki & a mandola, probably valued in excess of €16,000, failed to arrive and have not been traced yet.

"The chaos at airports is such that they may be in Dublin, Frankfurt or Copenhagen. I have a suspicion that they never left Dublin."

Since he posted on Facebook, Mark O'Brien, Executive at the Abbey Theatre has also joined in the hunt for the valuable instruments by sharing the appeal on Twitter.

The performer has had the instruments for around four decades.

He said Andy Irvine reported the loss to Scandinavian SAS airlines on 29 June and is still awaiting news.

"Obviously Andy Irvine as one of Ireland's foremost musicians is very concerned," he tweeted.

In a statement today, airport operator daa said that airlines, rather than the airport itself are responsible for handling baggage.

"We are aware of the issues that some arriving passengers are facing regarding baggage return, which is looked after by their airline and their chosen handling partner. Daa, as the airport management company does not handle any baggage for any airline at Dublin Airport."

However, daa said it empathised with those whose experience at the airport had been impacted by baggage loss and ongoing delays.

Other passengers passing through the airport also posted pictures of the lost luggage there today.

"We empathise with those affected and regret that these issues are impacting their passenger experience. We are liaising very closely with both the airlines and their ground handling companies in relation to these issues, the root of which lies in the significant staff hiring challenges that are facing all companies operating in the aviation sector currently," daa said.

Daa said passengers experiencing issues regarding their baggage should make contact with the relevant airline.