Sunday 20 August 2017

Flashback: It's been 55 years since The Dubliners formed

The Dubliners pictured in 1966. (From left) Ciaran Bourke, Ronnie Drew, Pete Seeger, John Sheahan, Barney McKenna and Luke Kelly.
The Dubliners pictured in 1966. (From left) Ciaran Bourke, Ronnie Drew, Pete Seeger, John Sheahan, Barney McKenna and Luke Kelly.

The Dubliners formed in 1962, and were originally known as The Ronnie Drew Ballad Group.

They went on to become one of the most influential Irish musical groups of all time, with a career spanning half a century. Their popularity extended beyond their home country, with success in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2012 they were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards.

Here are ten of our favourite photos of one of our most iconic musical groups.

"Thats me there!" Ronnie Drew points to himself in a photograph with the rest of the Dubliners taken in 1969, at the Benson & Hedges reception at O'Donoghue's Bar, Merrion Row, to mark the opening of an exhibition of photographs by Patrick Monaghan (left). They exhibition was called "Reflections of the Dubliners 1969". This photo was taken in July 1985.

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(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).

The Dubliners backstage before their concert in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. Pictured are Sean Cannon, Ronnie Drew, Eamon Campbell, Barney McKenna and John Sheahan, circa August 1992.

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(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).

Luke Kelly on O'Connell Street bridge, photographed by Donal Doherty on 5th September, 1980. In June of that year he had collapsed on stage at the Cork Opera House, and was diagnosed with a brain tumour- he is pictured here after the operation.

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(Part of the Independent News and Media/NLI Collection)

Barney McKenna helps Alan Glynn, General Manager of Jury's Hotel in Dublin, to play a duet with Ronnie Drew as The Dubliners were presented with a Platinum Disc in honour of their achievements. It was presented by Jack MacNiece, Managing Director of Harmac Music, at the New Dubliners Bar in Jury's, on July  21st, 1987.

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(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).

Luke Kelly as Herod, in the 1973 production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

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(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)

The Dubliners backstage before performing at the Gaiety Theatre in May 1987.

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(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).

In 1961, Nelson's Pillar was destroyed by an explosion. Rubble reigned down over O'Connell Street, and the remains of the statue were removed six days later by the Army. Nelson's head, however, wasn't amoung the remains. It appeared in various places over the years, including in a London antique dealer's window display, and on stage with the Dubliners at the Olympia Theatre. This photo of the group is dated 1966, although the location isn't noted.

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(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).

The Dubliners on stage during their the 25th anniversary celebration on The Late Late Show on March 6th, 1987. Pictured are Ronnie Drew, Barney McKenna, John Sheahan, Sean Cannon and Eamonn Campbell.

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(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).

Ronnie Drew and Luke Kelly backstage before performing at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, on July 7th, 1979.

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(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)

To see more photos of the Dubliners visit Independent Archives, where all photos can be bought as high quality prints.

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