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'What'll I say to Luke and the lads? What's the pint like up here?' - Dubliners legend John Sheahan

Dubliners legend John Sheahan talks to Barry Egan about individual 'drinking regimes' within the group, the kindness of Luke Kelly, the wit of Ronnie Drew and bringing his wife on a motorbike to Dublin airport at midnight for their first date in 1965

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Rare old times .... John who has turned 80 was described by Luke Kelly as the best tin whistle player in the world

Rare old times .... John who has turned 80 was described by Luke Kelly as the best tin whistle player in the world

Unseen picture of the Dubliners

Unseen picture of the Dubliners

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Rare old times .... John who has turned 80 was described by Luke Kelly as the best tin whistle player in the world

John Sheahan has a poem, a tribute to an old pal, Mr Drew… Ronnie's Heaven. He wrote it not long after Ronnie died of cancer in 2008. In it, Ronnie is free of pain, but the charismatic grump is still not short about sharing his opinions with God about the running of the gaff.

"What's it like Ronnie, your new life? Is it the way the old masters painted it? Floating on a damp cloud, in the company of winged creatures, listening to non-stop harp music? I could paint you in, but not your expectations: 'Would somebody for Christ's sake, get me down from here and show me the fountain of Champagne. I thought this was meant to be a celebration!'"

I ask John Sheahan does he believe he will meet Ronnie - and Luke Kelly and Barney McKenna and Ciaran Bourke - up there one day.