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Saturday 24 February 2018

The Dubliners' singer Jim McCann has passed away at age of 70

Singer Jim McCann Pic Tom Burke 22/8/06
Singer Jim McCann Pic Tom Burke 22/8/06
Barney McKenna & Ronnie Drew with Jim McCann and Johnnie McEvoy.Pic Tom Burke 22/8/06
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

The folk singer Jim McCann has died at the age of 70.

A member of The Dubliners from 1974 to 1979 he returned to the group for their 2002 re-union tour, but has been ill with throat cancer since then.

Singer Jim McCann Pic Tom Burke 22/8/06
Singer Jim McCann Pic Tom Burke 22/8/06
Barney McKenna & Ronnie Drew with Jim McCann and Johnnie McEvoy.Pic Tom Burke 22/8/06

He also performed with Luke Kelly in a Noel Pearson production of Jesus Christ Superstar in The Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.

“He had a beautiful voice” said John Sheehan, the last remaining member of the original Dubliners today. “We travelled the world together and we always had great times together.”

He had a big hit with the song Grace and as a member of the Dubliners he sang slow ballads like Carrickfergus and Four Green Fields.

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