Paddy Moloney

15 Oct 2021

The Department of Music at University College Cork is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the uilleann piper Paddy Moloney, founding member of the Chieftains.

 He was an inspiration to UCC’s staff and music students and his performances at UCC were always greatly admired and appreciated.  One of his earliest visits to the Department was in 1979 during the occasion of the first performance of Joan Denise Moriarity’s ballet ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ at the Cork Opera House for which the Chieftains composed and performed the music.  During this visit to Cork the Chieftains performed at the Music Department’s Ó Riada Room in the old Rectory at the invitation of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin.  After the concert Paddy extended a warm welcome to traditional Music Students to attend the ballet as guests.  Down through the years the Chieftains gave a number of performances at UCC which were always highly anticipated and inspiring.  The Chieftain’s most recent concert was in the Aula Maxima on November 2014, arguably the most popular concert in the history of the Fuaim Concert Series.  On this occasion it was wonderful to see one of UCC’s Music graduates, Tara Breen, perform in the concert as a member of the Chieftains.  It was a truly memorable occasion with all the usual energy and virtuosity; Paddy took great delight in displaying a video of his tin whistle’s trip to space.  Unfortunately, this concert was to be Paddy’s last performance at UCC.  We remember Paddy Moloney’s presence with great joy, admiration and warmth.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy and condolences to his wife Rita and all his family.


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Tara Breen


All photos by John Hough

Department of Music

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