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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Dubliner Ronnie Drew Dies Folk Musician Hero Ronnie Drew Dies 4 hours ago Ronnie Drew, the legendary Irish folk singer and musician, has died, his family said. The 73-year-old founder of The Dubliners had been battling ill health for some time. In a brief statement, his family confirmed he passed away at St Vincent's Private Hospital in Dublin at 2pm. Drew founded the then-Ronnie Drew Group in 1962 which later came to be known as The Dubliners. The group included fellow Irish music legends Luke Kelly, Ciaran Bourke and Barney McKenna. They emerged from back room sessions in the O'Donoghues Pub in central Dublin to become world-renowned. While Kelly was known for singing their soulful ballads, Drew will be best remembered for his gravelly-voiced renditions of rabble-rousing folk songs, like Finnegan's Wake and Dicey Reilly. Earlier this year, U2, Sinead O'Connor, Shane McGowan, Christy Moore and others came together to record a tribute to the singer, called The Ballad Of Ronnie Drew. All profits from the release of the single went to the Irish Cancer Society. Speaking at the time of the recording, U2 frontman Bono said: "Ronnie is like the King of Ireland, and we are his subjects. This is a big fight for him. But like any fighter, it's easier if there's a crowd cheering."
May God hold him not only in the palm of his hand but close to his heart.
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