Tributes follow passing of ‘Lovely Leitrim’ singer Larry Cunningham

Tributes have been pouring in since the passing of ‘Lovely Leitrim’ singer, Larry Cunningham on September 28 in St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.

Tributes have been pouring in since the passing of ‘Lovely Leitrim’ singer, Larry Cunningham on September 28 in St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.

He was the first Irish-based artist to break into the British pop charts in the 1960s and is best known for his rendition of ‘Lovely Leitrim’.

Mr Cunningham was born in February, 1938, in Clooneen, Granard, Co Longford, one of seven children born into a small farm of 50 acres.

He left school at 16 and had planned to be a woodwork teacher but family commitments meant he need to start working so he left to work in Britain.

He worked with a construction company by day but by night he played traditional music in local venues and played football with the local Gaelic team.

From such humble beginnings he went on to have an international career spanning over 50 years.

On Monday, Leitrim County Councillors proposed a vote of sympathy following the death of the singer.

Leading the tributes, Cllr Paddy O’Rourke described Mr Cunningham as a “unique talent” who had “a deep association with Co Leitrim”.

“When he visited cities around the world he brought the emigrants there a little piece of Leitrim,” he added.

Cathaoirleach, Cllr Enda Stenson, attended Mr Cunningham’s funeral in St. Columba’s Church, Mullinalaghta yesterday as a mark of respect on behalf of the people of County Leitrim.