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We are all saddened at news of the loss of Liam Clancy. The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem are major figures in the history of Irish music, especially in America. From the mid-50's onward, the Clanceys and Makem were Irish music to many millions of Americans through their appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, an iconic program in the history of music in America. But, the Clanceys and Makem were much more than simply popular entertainers. They were noted collectors of old Irish songs, and along with other crucial players in the field of collection and preservation such as Sarah Makem, Frank Harte and the Breatnachs, they saved a huge portion of Irish culture for all of us. In a very, very real sense, people such as Liam Clancy will never be gone. Our sympathies go out to his family and the fans all around the world for his loss, and the final passing of the Clancey Brothers, joined two years ago by Tommy Makem. But, we also share a joy in what he gave us---what they gave us. Tonight, and forever, wherever Irish songs are sung, the Clancey Brothers and Tommy Makem will be there---and Liam Clancy with his incredible smile and voice will lead the chorus. Bill Margeson, liveIreland.

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Comment by Michael Brooke Arnold on December 12, 2009 at 3:49
The Clancys and Tommy Makem made the soundtrack to some of the best times of my life. So sad to know that Liam's gone. God be good to him
Comment by Eric_In_Az on December 8, 2009 at 14:35
May God rest his soul.
Comment by Niamh on December 5, 2009 at 23:30
RIP Liam. You'll be surely missed.

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