Clannad front woman Moya Brennan said she was heartbroken after the death of her brother Leon, who had worked behind the scenes with the Donegal group for 35 years.
I am heartbroken, my dear brother Leon died this morning with his family. I know he touched the lives of many people all over the world and he is missed so much ❤ pic.twitter.com/9NrkFO7x6U
– Moya Brennan (@moyaclannad) December 17, 2021
Mr Brennan, who lived in Dublin, handled Clannad’s merchandise and also worked as the band’s tour and production manager.
In a tweet on Friday evening, Moya Brennan said: “I am heartbroken, my dear brother Leon died this morning with his family. I know he has touched the lives of many people around the world and he is so much missed. “
The Brennan family pub, Leo’s Tavern in Gweedore, has been closed out of respect.
It is with deep sadness that I have to announce the death of my beloved brother Leon.
He was not only my brother, but also my dearest and closest friend. My love for him will stay in my heart forever.
I ask for data protection at this time.
— Enya (@official_enya) December 17, 2021
Inspired and encouraged by her musical father Leo, who died in 2016 at the age of 90, four of the Brennan children formed Clannad with their uncles Noel and Pádraig Duggan and gained worldwide fame for their distinctive brand of Celtic harmony and had a number of hits like The theme from Harry’s game and In a lifetime with Bono.
The youngest member of the band, Enya, left the group and pursued an extremely successful solo career Orinoco river 1988.
Moya Brennan has also had a very successful singing career, being nominated for two Grammys and winning an Emmy Award for being part of the team involved in a two-part US documentary on Irish music.
Tributes were paid upon the news of Leon Brennan’s death.
Leon🕊 is a thousand winds that rustle the leaves, the sunlight on ripe grain, the gentle autumn rain, the diamond glistens on the snow, Leon❤🙏 is with you Moya, every new dawn ” pic.twitter.com/2ce4P7Xaa4
– Drew Caughren (@Drewcaughren) December 17, 2021
Sincere condolences to Moya and the Brennan family. I first met Leon in 1979, he was working with Nicky Ryan at the Brittas Bay Folk Festival. I was 13 and Leon explained the BOSE PA system. An inspiring conversation, I have never forgotten it and I will never forget Leon. Mile Buiochas.
— Dicker Event Tech (@dickersoundbray) December 17, 2021
I am so sorry to hear this Máire, he was always a gentleman. My condolences to you and the whole family.
– Chris O’Brien (@chrisobriens) December 17, 2021
He was such a nice person. I’ve had the opportunity to meet him several times over the years and he was always ready with a smile! Heartfelt blessings to you and your family.
— ＳＬＥＥＰＴＨＩＥＦ (@sleepthiefmusic) December 17, 2021
Moya, this is Carole Brennan, the little idiot from America. Leon was a beautiful dear soul and I pray for his soul and for his whole family and for you. 🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️ It’s heartbreaking news. Please keep us informed about his celebration of life. Send love and prayers to the whole family.
— Wolfsmutter 🇺🇸 (@wolfmother1008) December 17, 2021
Very, very sad news. My thoughts and prayers go with you and the entire Brennan family and their extended families. Leon and I had many long phone calls during my RCA days. Rest in peace. https://t.co/PcJDmneL9p
– Freddie Middleton (@PRMiddleton) December 17, 2021