Tributes paid to Irish ‘musical genius’ Cathal Coughlan who died of illness


Tributes pour in for a renowned Irish musician after he died last week aged 61

Cathal Coughlan, originally from Glounthaune in Cork but who had lived in London since the mid-1980s, died on May 18 after a long illness.

The talented singer and songwriter was best known as the lead singer of indie bands Microdisney and Fatima Mansions and also had a successful solo career.

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In a statement, his family said he “passed away peacefully to hospital after a long illness”.

People took to social media to pay tribute to one person who wrote: “Shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Cathal Coughlan. One of Ireland’s greatest singers and songwriters has left us. His death leaves a void in Irish music that can never be filled. The live stage will miss his intense presence. RIP!”

Tim Burgess, the Charlatans’ frontman, wrote, “Cathal Coughlan, musical genius, left this realm. His brilliant songs remain. Play them loud and remember him.”

In another wrote a heartbreaking tribute, a friend wrote: “So sorry to say that my dear friend Cathal Coughlan has passed away. I have no words at this time. Just sadness and anger really .”

He is survived by his wife Julie. A memorial ceremony for Coughlan will be held for close friends and family in the coming weeks.

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