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Thursday 17 April 2014

Dubliners drop by for special gig

HE may have lost his beard, but last night Ronnie Drew proved that he has lost none of his sense of humour.

The famous Dubliner was a special guest at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin for a viewing of 'O'Donoghue's Opera'.

The band made a special appearance at the Royal Hospital in Donnybrook, Dublin to get the residents into the festive mood.

Amongst them was Phylis Gill, who joined in the singing with band member Barney McKenna.

The Dubliners played several of their most popular tunes, getting everyone to join in, before spending some time chatting with the residents about their plans to spend some of the festive period with their families.

On a busy day for the singing legends, three members of the band - Ronnie Drew, Barney McKenna and John Sheehan - gathered at the Irish Film Institute (IFI) in Dublin last night for a viewing of 'O'Donoghue's Opera'.

The film was shot in 1965 but lay uncompleted after running into financial difficulties until it was resurrected some 30 years later.

Hugo Jellett of the IFI said after production collapsed, the reels remained untouched until filmmaker Se Merry Doyle was approached with the footage in 1996 and turned it into "something which has now gained cult status".

The film was first shown at the Dublin Film Festival in the late 1990s and stars Ronnie Drew and his bandmates.

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