Tributes have been paid following the death of author, historian, artist and musician Steve Dunford from Killala.

The Castlebar native was involved in various community initiatives, most notably the commemorations to mark the 1798 Rebellion.

He was the driving force behind reenactments over many years and did more than anyone in Mayo to develop links with France and was the prime instigator of the acclaimed ‘In Humbert’s Footsteps’ events, which were held in Castlebar, Ballina and Killala from 2013 to 2016.

On its Twitter page, In Humbert's Footsteps said it was with profound sadness and heavy hearts that they shared the news of the passing of "Our General Steve Dunford."

"We shall not see his like again. Sincere condolences to Bernie, John, Romy and all the family. May his noble soul rest in peace. Erin go bragh, Vive la France," the tweet added.

Mayo Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary says there is a cloak of sadness from Mayo to France as we hear of this sad news. Steve was one of those people who made our world such a better place. He had an unmatched energy and an enthusiasm for life,for people,for family,for history and for place.

Paying tribute to him, Councillor Ger Deere, who worked with him closely on the award-winning re-enactment of 'In Humbert's Footsteps' in Castlebar in August 2013, said Steve had a huge passion for local history and in particular the events of 1798, which he promoted nationally and internationally at every opportunity.

He will be Reposing at Lynn’s Funeral Home in Killala from 5 to 7pm on Monday. Funeral cortege will leave Steve’s home at 12.45pm on Tuesday, for a service of remembrance at 1pm in St. Patrick’s Church, Killala.