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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Note of mystery as the search for Banjo Barney's will begins

Barney McKenna, right, and Ronnie Drew: founding members of the Dubliners
Barney McKenna, right, and Ronnie Drew: founding members of the Dubliners

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

LEGENDARY Dubliners banjo player Barney McKenna left a final mystery for his family following his sudden death last April – the whereabouts of his last will and testament.

That's if the much-loved music figure left a will at all.

A Dublin firm of solicitors has posted a notice in the Law Society Gazette seeking "any person with knowledge of a will" of "McKenna, Barney (deceased), late of 15/16 Church Street Howth, Co Dublin".

Contacted by the Irish Independent, O'Leary Maher Solicitors confirmed it was acting on behalf of Mr McKenna's long-term partner Tina Hove.

The solicitors declined to comment further.

It has been reported that along with a home in Howth, the 72-year-old owned a 'secret hideaway' in Trim, Co Meath, where his family were originally from.

Barney, whose Dutch wife Joka died in the 1980s, was survived by Ms Hove, his sister Marie, brother Sean, nephews and nieces.

Famous for his Breton-style fisherman's cap and unique playing style, 'Banjo Barney from Donnycarney' was the last surviving founder member of The Dubliners folk group when he died.

This weekend, several decades of his music will be celebrated at a concert in Dublin City Hall on Sunday titled 'Remembering Barney McKenna'.

Irish Independent

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