Tributes have poured in across the region following the death of legendary lilter Séamus Fay. The Drumconnick native was not only known for his talents across his home county of Cavan but throughout Ireland and afar.
Traditional music presenter here on Shannonside Northern Sound and lifelong friend of the late Mr Fay, Martin Donohoe described him as the "King of Lilters."
Speaking on today's Joe Finnegan Show, Martin said that a "light has gone out in our music world" following the death of Mr Fay. According to the local presenter, the late Séamus Fay "understood" the value of what he done, adding that he was a "generous man" who "inspired others."
Mr Fay was crowned All Ireland Lilting Champion in 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1969, and recorded his very first CD at the age of 70.
Despite his own talents, Martin said it was important for Mr Fay to "share his passion" with everyone he met through his endless encouragement of the art.
"Séamus understood the value of what he done, he was a humble man, wise, generous and immensely talented," said Martin. "He inspired so many people and there's not a lot of people in the world that you can say that about. Séamus had all those things and it all started from being very humble, he encouraged everyone and never had a bad word to say about anyone."
The funeral mass of the late Séamus Fay will take place this Saturday at Cathedral of Saints Patrick & Felim, Cavan at 2pm.