Entertainer Paddy Noonan dead at 83

Paddy Noonan.

By Irish Echo Staff

Paddy Noonan, for years one of the most popular figures on the Irish American entertainment scene has died after a long illness aged 83.

Noonan's passing was announced by his daughter, Sheila Noonan Gorham.

The Mallow, County Cork native was a New York City resident for most of his life but his musical work saw him criss-cross the United States. He was a star attraction on many Irish American ship cruises.

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Sheila Noonan Gorham announced in a facebook posting: "It is with a heavy heart that I announce, after a long illness, the passing of our father Paddy Noonan.

"As his passing happens at such a strange and difficult time, and we will be unable to gather to send him off with the fanfare he so deserves….the music and song, the laughter and sharing of memories and stories of old, the held hands and warm, healing hugs, I wanted to take just a few moments of your time to share my thoughts on a man, a father, a friend and a life so beautifully lived."

Noonan, who is survived by his wife Margaret, three daughters and five grandchildren, would have celebrated his 84th birthday on May 5.