#IRELAND: Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin has died
One of Ireland’s most renowned composers and arrangers, Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, has died. Whilst his name may not be uppermost in the mind of the Eurovision fan, he was responsible for ‘Lumen’, the interval act from the 1995 contest held at the then Point Theatre in Dublin.
This piece, which you can see below, was in contrast to the previous year’s ‘Riverdance’, but was just as Irish and had a very hard act to follow. Mícheál himself was on stage at the piano, but was accompanied by a number of other performers. These included Máire, Bridín, Olive and Deirdre Ní Bhraonáin of Clannad, the monks of Glenstal Abbey, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Brian Kennedy, and an assortment of other musicians and singers from the traditional Irish music scene.
Brian Kennedy went on to represent his country in 2006 in Athens with ‘Every song is a cry for love’, the 1,000th song to be performed competitively at the contest.
Mícheál came from Co Tipperary, and was steeped in Irish music. He had been performing with the monks of Glenstal Abbey since the 1980s, as well as the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He’d researched traditional music in Scotland, Nova Scotia, the USA and England, producing various CDs of his work. One of his biggest achievements was establishing the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. He retired has professor in 2016, but had overseen the building of a €20 million facility for the academy, which opened in 2011. Graduates of the academy have now come from over 50 countries.
Mícheál lives a widow and three sons.
Eurovision Ireland’s thought are with his family at this sad time.
Author: John Stanton
Source: Eurovision Ireland