The great musical legacy of Sean O’Riada will live on for many generations to come, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said today as he received the entire O’Riada collection on behalf of the nation.

The collection, which includes original scores, correspondence, possessions and 2,000 books, is to be housed in University College Cork’s Boole Library after the university was given more than half a million euro by the Government to purchase and preserve it.

The presentation was part of Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s tour of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery at UCC and was made to the accompaniment of surviving members of O’Riada’s ensemble.