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Irish folk legend Liam Clancy dies at 74

One of the most legendary figures in Irish folk music history, Liam Clancy, has died at the age of 74.

The Irish singer and musician was the last surviving member of the Clancy Brothers, who were credited with bringing Irish traditional music to a world audience in the 1960s.

Dubbed as Ireland's first pop stars, international artists including Bob Dylan have acknowledged their profound influence on the world of music. The Co Tipperary-born musician was surrounded by his wife Kim and daughters Siobhan and Fiona when he passed away around midday yesterday at Bon Secours Hospital in Cork.

He had spoken by telephone with his musician son Donal, who is touring in California, earlier in the day while his other son Eban was returning home from the UK.

Manager Dave Teevan said he had spoken with Clancy earlier in the week and he had been in good spirits.

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