'Ireland has lost a legend' - Tributes paid after death of Offaly musician
The Brewery Tap pub in Tullamore has led tributes to Tony Holleran after the musician's sad passing this week.
In a statement, they said: "We are so sorry to hear the very sad news of the passing of Tony Holleran today. Tony was the kindest, warmest man you could meet.
"He leaves behind an incredible legacy in the music industry. Tony and his great friend Dominick Madden played every Monday night here in the Tap since 1989.
"Even during lockdown, Tony continued to play on our Zoom sessions. We have so many fond memories of all the sessions we had here down the years.
"We would like to offer our deepest sympathies to Liz, Shay and Martin. RIP Tony, Ireland has lost an absolute legend today."
Other locals were quick to add to the tributes.
Viv O'Connor said: "So sorry to hear that. We remember him and Dominick from nights at The Vine House many years ago. We last saw him a few years ago playing in the Brewery Tap. Rest in Peace Tony and sympathies to his family and friends."
Brigid Doolin added: "So sorry to hear this sad news. Watched him on Monday nights in Tap and remember Tony when he taught in Ferbane National School. Condolences to his family and friends. RIP."
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