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Liz O'Donnell: After 30 years, it's time for his native city to honour the legendary Dubliner

Published 04/02/2014 | 02:30

Wild Rover: Luke Kelly on O’Connell Bridge, Dublin, in 1980. Photo: Donal Doherty
Wild Rover: Luke Kelly on O’Connell Bridge, Dublin, in 1980. Photo: Donal Doherty

WE all know the way it happens. Whenever Irish people find themselves together, particularly when there is drink involved, the instinct to belt out a ballad is unstoppable. For us it is normal; foreigners find it extraordinary.

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On a recent outing in the United States involving a party bus ride home, the Irish contingent spontaneously launched into passionate renditions of old reliables ranging from 'There is an Isle' to 'She moves through the Fair'.

American and German passengers were startled, but charmed, by the fact that each Irish person had a song in them, word-perfect and delivered without a blush.

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