Cathal Coughlan – Microdisney, Fatima Mansions – Has Died

Tributes pour in for the much-loved figure...

Irish songwriter Cathal Coughlan has died.

The Cork artist built an incredible catalogue across a multitude of projects, fuelled by his imposing baritone and incisive lyrical wit.

Linking with Sean O'Hagan in 1980, the two master-minded Microdisney, a project that seemed to fuse industrial elements with aspects of folk.

Heavy duty songwriting, the group splintered at the dawn of the 90s, with Cathal Coughlan forming Fatima Mansions.

Across a three album span Fatima Mansions garnered critical acclaim, with U2 citing the band as an influence in interviews. 

Joining the ZooTV tour, Fatima Mansions caused uproar in Milan when Coughlan insulted the Pope onstage, almost causing a riot.

The Millennium saw Cathal Coughlan focus on solo activities, a helter-skelter run that included 2021's 'Song of Co-Aklan'.

News of his passing was confirmed by fellow songwriter Luke Haines.

Photo via Wikipedia

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