We have learnt with deep sadness and regret of the passing of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, world renowned composer, Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Limerick and the founder and director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
Mícheál’s greatest gift to us was his composition in 1992 of the score for the 1926 silent War of Independence film Irish Destiny – a score which Mícheál hoped was “questioning without being apologetic; that it is proud without being arrogant; that above all else, it praises the human spirit of freedom in whatever tradition it is found”. It is a magnificent, memorable score that infuses the film with high drama and with intense poignancy to create a work that is intelligent, uplifting and a joy on every viewing. We had the pleasure of working with Mícheál on many occasions to bring Irish Destiny film with full orchestral score to audiences in Ireland, London, Belgium and New York. Mícheál was forever inspiring, bursting with enthusiasm and erudition, and very good fun indeed to be around. He will be greatly missed but his great musical legacy will live on.
The staff and board of IFI convey our deepest condolences to Mícheál’s family at this very sad time.
Ní bheidh a leithead ann arís.
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