Dubliners' Legend Eamonn Campbell Has Died

The world-renowned guitarist and singer has died following a short illness at the age of 70.

The Drogheda native started playing professionally in the 1960s and he will still going strong up until recently with The Dubliners' spin-off, The Dublin Legends.

Eamonn, who became a full-time member of The Dubliners back in the 1980s, was also a renowned producer. He worked with many big Irish acts, such as Paddy Reilly, Foster & Allen, Brendan Shine, Daniel O'Donnell and Philomena Begley. He also produced The Dubliners' later albums.

It was Eamonn's idea for The Dubliners to collaborate with The Pogues by recording a version of 'The Irish Rover' back in 1987, which saw them enjoy renowned success in the UK Charts.

The Dublin Legends', which was started up after The Dubliners decided to call it a day back in 2012, announced Eamonn's death last night on their Facebook page.

"We are very sad and devastated to announce that our friend and colleague Eamonn Campbell has died after a short illness," the full statement reads.

"Eamonn was a true Legend and brilliant guitar player. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and family. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and fans around the world. We are heartbroken and we thank you all for your thoughts and prayers at this time.

"Seán, Gerry & Paul ‘The Dublin Legends.’"

Retired football legend Paul McGrath was one of the first to pay tribute last night and we couldn't have put it better ourselves when he said: "There will be a good session in heaven tonight, RIP Eamonn."

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