GIFTED Kilmaley musician Peadar O’Loughlin has passed away at the age of 87, after a long career as one of Co Clare’s most loved performers.
Born in the late 1920s, Peadar was the second youngest of 13 children and his home often hosted travelling musicians.
Peader was an exceptional performer, delighting audiences with the flute, fiddle and uileann pipes since the 1940s.
He featured on one of the first recordings of Irish traditional music an LP entitled “All Ireland Champions Violin” with Paddy Canny, PJ Hayes and Bridie Lafferty.
Peadar joined the Tulla Ceili Band in 1958, and featured on a number of other records throughout the years.
He was awarded the Gradam Saoil (Lifetime Achievement Award) by TG4 in 2005 and also featured as a master teacher at the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay.
Peadar’s funeral mass will take place in St John’s Church Kilmaley on Thursday at noon.
Take a minute to remember the legend here: