Noel Duggan, founding member of Clannad, has passed away at 73 years of age


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Musician and founding member of the iconic Irish folk band, Clannad, Noel Duggan has tragically passed away.

It is reported that the Donegal man was out to dinner with friends, on Saturday evening, when he took ill. He was 73-years-old.

Noel, and his twin brother Paul who passed in 2016, founded the group with their nieces and nephews, Moya, Enya, Ciarán and Pól Brennan. Beginning in 1970, the band found enormous success.


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While Enya left the group in 1981, to embark on a solo career, the group found plenty of success.

Their 1982 track, Theme from Harry’s Game, which was the theme song of the popular show, Harry’s game, received international acclaim, and won them a global audience.

Clannad also received plenty of recognition for their work, winning a Grammy, a BAFTA, an Ivor Novello Award and a Billboard Music Award. Along with having eight UK top 10 albums.

They even made history as the first Irish language act on Top Of The Pops.

The band began a farewell tour in 2020 and were scheduled to play Dublin’s 3 Arena on the 9th December .

Our thoughts and prayers are with Noel’s family and friends, may he rest in peace.


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