Tuesday 12 December 2017

Folk music legends mourn Dubliners' Jim McCann

Brian Byrne

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina were among hundreds of mourners who gathered to remember The Dubliners singer Jim McCann.

The 70-year-old musician, who joined the legendary folk band in 1974, before leaving in 1979 to pursue a successful solo career, passed away last Thursday.

The singer and guitarist had been battling throat cancer in recent years.

At his funeral at Mount Jerome Cemetery in Harold's Cross, Dublin, yesterday, fellow Dubliners members John Sheahan and Eamonn Campbell, songwriter Phil Coulter and former RTE newsreader Anne Doyle also paid their respects to the late musician.

McCann's biggest hit was 'Grace', a tribute to the wife of Joseph Mary Plunkett, who was executed as one of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation.

From a middle-class Dublin background, McCann went on to study medicine at University College Dublin, but during a summer sojourn in a pea-canning factory near Birmingham, he began hanging out and eventually singing in the folk clubs that were springing up in Britain during the swinging '60s.

Phil Coulter and his wife Geraldine Brannigan
Phil Coulter and his wife Geraldine Brannigan
The late Jim McCann
Anne Doyle at the funeral of Jim McCann

Irish Independent

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