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Padraig Duggan (1949 - 2016)

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Padraig Duggan (1949 - 2016)

Padraig Duggan, a guitarist who co-founded the Grammy Award-winning Irish Celtic music group Clannad, died Aug. 9, 2016, according to multiple news sources. He was 67.

Duggan died in a Dublin hospital after a recurring illness, the band announced.

Duggan, who also played the mandolin, founded the group in 1970 along with his twin brother, Noel. Other members of the group were siblings Moya Brennan, Paul Brennan, and Ciaran Brennan – who are nieces and nephews of Noel and Padraig Duggan. They released their debut studio album, “Clannad,” in 1973.

Clannad, which is Gaelic for “family,” released more than two dozen albums, and the band won a Grammy Award, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award, an Ivor Novello honor for music writing, and a Billboard Music Award.

The band’s music was difficult to pin down. The musicians blended folk, traditional Irish, Celtic music, folk rock, and even new-age music to create unique music.


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Moya Brennan announced the death via Twitter.

“My dear uncle and Clannad member Padraig Duggan passed away peacefully this morning. Rest in peace Padraig @ClannadMusic”

Clannad also shared the news in a Facebook post.

“Things will never be the same …… We will miss him dearly,” the band wrote.

Duggan is survived by his wife, Jan.

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