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The news of the death of Brian Ó Dubhghaill, former Music Inspector and Director of Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath, on 17 October 2013, brings to an end a major chapter in the choral life of Ireland, and of the Cork International Choral Festival.  Brian and Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath participated with great success in the festival and his consummate musicianship and artistry always impacted on the audience and, needless to say, the adjudicators.  He made a major contribution to the development of choral music in this country and Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath had a well-deserved national and international reputation.  Brian was well known in the musical and educational life of the country in his work as DES Inspector, conductor, adjudicator, and a great supporter of the Festival over many years.   A fine musician and a man of integrity, he was kind, gentle, and self-effacing and was highly regarded by all who knew him. Our next festival will be the 60th Celebration Festival and he would have been one of the few persons left whose choral life straddled that period. The Festival extends its deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.