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"Irish at its best" – hundreds of people participate in the service of their beloved musician Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin



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The funeral mass of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháina took place on Monday at the church in St Senan in Kilrush. Photo of Liam Burke Press 22
The funeral mass of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháina took place on Monday at the church in St Senan in Kilrush. Photo of Liam Burke Press 22

Ralph Riegel

Late composer and musician prof. Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin (67) was named "hero" for his huge contribution to Irish culture, because hundreds of people today participated in his Requiem Mass in his beloved Kilrush, Co Clare.

President Michael D Higgins – a longtime friend of a university professor in Limerick – participated in a funeral mass in the Church of St. Senana in Kilrush as the first act of his second presidential term.



The funeral mass of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháina took place at the church in St Senan, Kilrush on Monday morning, and President Michael D. Higgins took part in it. Photo of Liam Burke Press 22

The funeral mass of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháina took place at the church in St Senan, Kilrush on Monday morning, and President Michael D. Higgins took part in it. Photo of Liam Burke Press 22

Accordingly, one of the initial acts of the first term of President Higgins was a visit to the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, which was founded by prof. Ó Súilleabháin.

The funeral took place at the church in St Senan in Kilrush on the special recommendation of a musician who died last week at the Milford Hospice in Limerick.

The mourners heard that the musician had scrupulously planned his funeral from the use of a wicker coffin for mourners personally greeted by Miko Rytualny Klaun, played by Simon Thompson, in honor of the ancient Greco-Roman tradition.

The musician born in Tipperary even chose the specific compositions that appeared on his Requiem Mass, including his famous song "Termon", which was created as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In the United States.



Heritage: Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin died on Wednesday evening after a long illness

Heritage: Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin died on Wednesday evening after a long illness

Professor Ó Săilleabháin has been fascinated throughout his life with the life of St Senana and the Kilrush area that were associated with it, including Scattery Island.

Accordingly, both were also included in his funeral.

President Higgins said that the world is poorer with the departure of a respected musician, performer, composer, student and sender.

A politician from Galway said that prof. Ó Săilleabháin "represented the majority of what is Irish at its best".

"Proud of his roots in Clonmel and Murroe and a close associate of famous musicians and musicologists such as Sean O Riad, Aloys Fleischmann, John Blacking and John Baily, Professor Ó Súilleabháin was known as an exceptional pianist and composer," he said.

President Higgins also said that the musician will be remembered thanks to his enormous legacy both in terms of composition and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, which he proudly founded and led for over two decades.

His three sons, Eoin, Luke and Micheal, also paid a special tribute to him during the Requiem Mass.

Eoin praised, while Luke and Micheal read special poems about their father, one of which was titled "My Father."

Michael's poem was an original composition.

"Michael's big intention was to make today a day, and every part of it was scrupulously planned," said Eoin.

"Maybe on the way you noticed Miko & # 39; and Clown & # 39; a. Mike represents the cycle of (life) Archangel Michael, a figure in all cultures that takes our soul from this world to the other."

"I would like to express my deep gratitude on behalf of the Michael's family to all of you today, as well as to all who have expressed so clearly and firmly what Micheal has told them in so many ways."

"We are very grateful for that."

"Finally, I would like to say that all respect, honor and respect, and the love that has been poured and showered with Michael, I would like to say that this is a great moment to quickly move to his basic teaching and his main message, which is this honor, which today we have here, we hold for every holy soul on the planet. "

"Let us love each other, just as he loved us."

Father Mark Hederman, a musician's friend, celebrated the Requiem Mass and gave a homily in which he exclaimed prof. For Suilleabhain as a "hero".

"For many of us, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin was a hero, a contemporary Orpheus, who lit up our lives with heart-rending music, for others he was a teacher, guru and guide."

"(Ale) he was also a brother, husband, father, stepfather, and to all this, we extend our sympathies in a very special way."

Mourners have proved who is someone in the Irish world of art and politics.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was represented by his Aide de Camp Cmdt Caroline Burke.

Composer Bill Whelan from the fame of "Riverdance" took part together with the founder of the University of Limerick, prof. Edem Walsh, while the music for Requiem Mass was provided by the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Cantoral, singers Sile Denver, Iarla O Lionaird and Lillis O Laoire along with Ken Krawędź on the saxophone and Padraic Kane on the uilleann tubes.

After the funeral mass of prof. Ó Súilleabháina was taken to a private cremation ceremony.

During the ceremony, a special oration was given by a Oxford historian, Sir Christopher Frayling.

Prof Ó Súilleabháin is survived by his wife, Prof. Helen Phelan and them

son Łukasz, his sons Eoin and daughter-in-law Andrea, Mícheál & # 39; Moley & # 39;

and partner of Namu and Eoin and mother Mícheála, Dr. Nóirín Ní Riain, his brother John

O & # 39; Sullivan and his wife Patricia (Clonmel) and his extended family in Ireland and abroad.

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