Thursday 18 January 2018

Dubliners legend accepts degree for 'the lads'

President Michael D Higgins and John Sheahan of the Dubliners at Trinity College
President Michael D Higgins and John Sheahan of the Dubliners at Trinity College
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

Dubliners legend John Sheahan has received an honorary degree at Trinity College Dublin "on behalf of the lads".

The 73-year-old was conferred alongside President Michael D Higgins, historian Margaret MacCurtain and former CEO of the Finnish Association of the Deaf, Dr Liisa Kauppinen.

Mr Sheahan told the Irish Independent he was "extremely proud" to become a doctor in music and accepted it in memory of his late fellow Dubliners, founders Ronnie Drew, Barney McKenna, Luke Kelly and Ciaran Bourke.

"It's a real honour but I'm very mindful of all the original members of the group," said Sheahan, who was accompanied by his wife and their four children on the day. "They were the ones who started it all 50 years ago, so it's a great public acknowledgment of what we've done."

President Higgins was conferred with a doctor in laws after being elected an honorary fellow of the college in 2012.

"There is a long tradition of scholarship associated with this college, and to be part of that tradition is a great privilege," he said.

Dominican sister MacCurtain, received a doctor in literature, while Dr Kauppinen was also conferred with a doctor in laws.

Irish Independent

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