KERRY AUTHOR AND musician Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé has died. One of the best known Irish language writers, his autobiographical work ‘A Thig Ná Tit Orm’ will be familiar to many from the Leaving Cert Irish syllabus.
Born in 1942, he moved to England in the 50s and later settled in the US; the book provides insights from his time in the UK and in Chicago, where he spent ten years.
Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan has described him as “one of the country’s most important writers”.
Maidhc was also a highly accomplished musician. He played for all of his life, whether living at home in County Kerry or in the United Kingdom or United States as a young man, and made fantastic recordings featuring traditional song and music from West Kerry.
Deenihan has extending his sympathies to O Sé’s wife Caitlín, and to his surviving children Caoimhín, Danny, Mary Ellen and TV presenter Daithí.