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Singer Enya's father Leo Brennan dies at the age of 90

By Staff Reporter

Published 23/06/2016

Leo Brennan, father of Enya, with his daughter Moya Brennan and wife Baba
Leo Brennan, father of Enya, with his daughter Moya Brennan and wife Baba
Enya
Irish folk band Clannad which at one stage comprised three members of the Brennan family, including Enya and Moya, before the former left to pursue a solo career in 1981

The father of the world famous family that includes Enya and members of trad-folk group Clannad has died at the age of 90.

Leo Brennan, himself a musician and entertainer, was born into a showband family and spent much of his life on the road playing accordion, saxophone and as a singer.

When the showband era faded, he set up a restaurant and pub, Leo's Tavern in Co Donegal in 1968.

The venue became famous for musical entertainment and hosted a long list of famous names from stage and screen down through the years.

It's also where all the younger members of the Brennan clan began following in their father's musical footsteps.

Four of the siblings later formed Clannad with their uncles Noel and Pádraig Duggan and went on to achieve worldwide fame with their distinctive brand of Celtic harmony and had a string of hits such as The Theme from Harry's Game.

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