Daughter of Chieftains legend Paddy Moloney claims the acclaimed musician died “heartbroken” from being unable to perform during the pandemic.
Edin Moloney said the founder of the world-famous heritage group was devastated when he had to cocoon at home instead of performing for his fans.
And she said he never recovered from isolation before his death in October last year aged 83 after a short illness.
“Up until Covid he was touring in the United States and they had to go home,” said the actress and producer.
“He couldn’t finish his tour. So like all the other seniors they had to move in together, Mammy and he.
“It was very hard. It was very hard for everyone, especially the elderly. He didn’t die of Covid – but he was heartbroken. Mum said the lights had gone out.
“The light switch went off. He tried, but he died of a broken heart.”
Aedin, 53, one of Dublin musician Paddy’s three children, spoke of her pride in the legacy he left behind.
“He was deeply passionate, deeply giving and loving music – and when you have that purity of what you do and the completeness of what you do, it’s contagious to an audience.
“It gives an audience or listener the same sense of joy and transport to another place.
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“He bravely showed the world the richness of Irish art — Irish culture, traditional Irish music. He showed the world how sophisticated it is.
“His music was his life. He was driven by his music… His compositions are on slips of paper, some of which we still have. It was always on his mind.”
Aedin spoke about a new episode of RTÉ Cloch le Carn Dedicated to Paddy Moloney in homage to the work of the star who played uilleann pipes, tin whistle, button accordion and bodhrán.
Former Chieftains member Seán Keane also spoke about the impact of the pandemic on his friend.
“Apart from his family, his whole motivation in life was music and his arrangements and meetings with managers and promoters. When that stopped, Paddy had to stop.
“But his legacy is that he left so much behind. Aside from all the Chieftains’ records, the solo album in particular didn’t leave him behind — and that is the biggest pity of all.
“But his legacy actually speaks for itself. His head must have been like a bees nest or something like that as he had so many ideas at once.”
The documentary features footage and photos of some of the superstars that Paddy and The Chieftains have worked with including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, U2, The Corrs, Van Morrison, Sting, Bob Dylan, Sinéad O’Connor and many more.
There is footage of him meeting Bill Clinton and Irish President Mary Robinson, while television footage shows highlights of their debut performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, performing on the Great Wall of China and playing for Pope John Paul when he followed in 1979 Ireland came .
Cloch le Carn: Paddy Moloney airs Tuesday 8 March at 7pm on RTÉ One
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/chieftains-star-died-of-a-broken-heart-brought-about-by-ban-on-concerts-during-lockdown-says-daughter-41415896.html The Chieftains star died of a broken heart caused by being banned from performing during lockdown, daughter says