Legendary singer-songwriter Pete St John has passed away at the age of 90.
resident Michael D Higgins paid tribute to the artist, who is known for writing songs including The Fields of Athenry and The Rare Ould Times.
The traditional music legend passed away peacefully at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin earlier today.
Mr Higgins said Dublin-born St John had a rare gift and his departure will cause grief throughout the country.
He said the singer is a friend of his and his wife Sabina.
“It’s hard to imagine a world where songs like The Rare Ould Times don’t exist and in his work Pete left us with songs that not only defined his own career, but of many other musicians and indeed all of us as human beings. ,” added Mr. Higgins.
“People across Ireland and beyond will be deeply saddened to learn today of the death of Pete St John.
“Pete has the rare gift of being able to write songs that, while new and original, at once have acquired a timeless quality and central place in our lives.
“We will all remember this lovely thoughtful man, none other than the one who had the honor to know him as an indomitable source of inspiration and song.”
Mr Higgins offered his condolences to St John’s sons Kieron and Brian Mooney, and all his family and friends.
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The singer was born Peter Mooney in Dublin in 1932. He lived for many years in the US before returning home in the 1970s.
His songs are famous for exploring how Ireland has changed over the years.
His work has been recorded by many artists including The Dubliners, Paddy Reilly, and Mary Black.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/legendary-singer-songwriter-pete-st-john-dies-aged-90-president-michael-d-higgins-leads-tributes-41439636.html Legendary singer-songwriter Pete St John dies at 90, President Michael D Higgins leads tributes