Legendary Dundalk singer/songwriter Liam Reilly has died at the age of 65. The lead singer of the Irish band Bagatelle died suddenly but peacefully at his home in the town on Friday, January 1.
The Dundalk man wrote what became the band’s best-known song ‘Summer in Dublin,’ which was released in 1980.
Mr Reilly later launched a solo career and represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1990, finishing joint second with his song ‘Somewhere in Europe’.
Predeceased by his dad Willie, Liam will be sadly missed by his loving mum Teresa, sisters Evelyn, Barbara, Darina and Paula, brothers-in-law Pat and Eamon, nephews and nieces Órla, Liam, Alanna, Charlie and Andrew, uncle Bertie, aunts Ann and Ita. Gavin and all his cousins, extended family, relatives, neighbours and wonderful friends.
A statement released by the family said: “With sad hearts, the family of Liam Reilly, musician, songwriter and frontman of Bagatelle, wish to confirm that he passed away suddenly but peacefully at his home on January 1st 2021.”
The statement continued: “We know that his many friends and countless fans around the world will share in our grief as we mourn his loss, but celebrate the extraordinary talent of the man whose songs meant so much to so many”.
The family has asked for privacy as they deal with his passing.
“We ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time,” the statement read.