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THE ORIGINAL Dubliner. . . from CRADLE to grave

WIDELY regarded as possessing one of the greatest voices heard in Irish folk music, Luke Kelly was a quintessential Dubliner.

He was born on Sheriff Street, in the heart of Dublin's north inner city, in 1940.

After leaving school he worked in the UK where he discovered the nascent folk revival led by Ewan MacColl.

Returning to Dublin in 1962 he formed The Dubliners after sessions in O'Donoghue's pub with Ronnie Drew, Ciaran Bourke and Barney McKenna. John Sheahan joined two years later.

A number of his recordings with the band are recognised are classics, among them his performance of On Raglan Road, gifted to Kelly by the poet Patrick Kavanagh after a drinking session at a Dublin pub.

The singer died in 1984 and is buried in Glasnevin cemetery, where his headstone reads:

'Luke Kelly – Dubliner'.


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