Moloney created group with original lineup of Seán Potts, Martin Fay, David Fallon and Mick Tubridy
Paddy Moloney, the founder of The Chieftains, has died.
Originally from Donneycarney, in north Co Dublin, Moloney was from a musical family and began playing the tin whistle and uilleann pipes when he was young.
After he left school he took a job with Baxendales, a large building firm, to support his musical hobby, and it was here he met his future wife, Rita O’ Reilly.
The Chieftains went on to become one of the best-known Irish traditional groups in the world, winning six Grammys as well as a number of other awards.
In 1968, having recorded a number of albums with The Chieftains, Moloney decided to leave Baxendales to work full time in the music industry as the managing director of Claddagh Records.
He ran the label for seven years, until 1975, during which time he helped to develop Claddagh’s catalogue and also a market for it. During this time he also produced, coproduced or supervised 45 albums for the Claddagh label in folk, traditional, classical, poetry and spoken-word recordings.