Founder of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin has died after a prolonged illness

By Nicole Glennon Nov 8, 2018

The founder of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance has died after a prolonged illness.


Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin was one of Ireland’s best-known musicians, composers and academics.  


Professor Ó Súilleabháin was Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Limerick and Director at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance which he founded in 1994.


In an email sent out to UL students, President Dr Des Fitzgerald said:  “Ó Súilleabháin left a rich legacy through his own music, as well as the Academy he founded, which attracted students from over 50 countries.”


Professor Ó Súilleabháin earned a number of awards during his lifetime including including Honorary Doctorates of Music from University College Cork, (2005)  and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2017), Ollamh na hÉigse (Inaugural award by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in 2006); Honorary Alumnus Award (Boston College) and the O’Donnell Chair of Irish Studies from the University of Notre Dame (2012).

In a statement, President Michael D Higgins said: “His music and outstanding work will forever be enjoyed by countless people, celebrating his humour, his fearless sense of exploration and his talent for harmony, joy and mobilising the peerless power of music.”
“Sabina and I send our deepest condolences to his wife Professor Helen Phelan, his children Luke, Eoin and Mícheál, to Dr Nóirín Ní Riain, to his brother John and to all members of his family and his wide circle of friends.”

Those across the university have paid their respects…



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