Longford singer Larry Cunningham has died at the age of 74.

The Granard native was one of the best-known performers of the showband era and had his first number one single Lovely Leitrim in the mid-1960s.

Mr Cunningham was also the first Irish-based artist to reach the British pop charts with his Tribute to Jim Reeves in 1964.

He died last night at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin following an illness.