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The Dubliners

The Dubliners: History
1990s and on …

30th Anniversary … Exit Ronnie
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  • 1992
    • The Dubliners celebrate their 30th Anniversary, with the release of 30 Years A Greying.
      • Much like Celebration, 30 Years A Greying included several guest appearances, this time from Billy Connolly, Hot House Flowers, Rory Gallagher and The Pogues.
  • 1995-1997
40th anniversary
  • 2002
    • The band marks their 40th anniversary, and the release of 2 CDs and 1 DVD — featuring all of the surviving Dubliners (past and present).
    • Unfortunately, during the subsequent tour, Jim McCann was diagnosed with throat cancer.
      • Jim embarked on a very aggressive battle, but the treatment damaged his voice and effectively ended his singing career.
  • 2005
    • In the fall of 2005 Paddy Reilly leaves The Dubliners and is replaced by Patsy Watchorn
RIP Ronnie Drew
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  • 2008
    • On Saturday, August 16, 2008, Ronnie Drew passes away at the age of 73, after a year long battle with cancer.
      • President (of Ireland) Mary McAleese led tributes: "It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of the great Irish singer Ronnie Drew … he was a champion of traditional Irish music and with The Dubliners re-energised and refreshened Ireland's unique musical heritage".
End of an Era!
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  • 2012
    • The Dubliners celebrate their 50th Anniversary as band, with tour dates scheduled throughout the year.
    • Sadly, on April 5th, Barney McKenna, the last surviving founding member, passed away at the age of at the of 72.
      • Gerry O'Connor was recruited to fill in for Barney on most of the remaining performances.
    • 50 Years - Celebration Concert in Dublin, a DVD recorded prior to Barney's death, is released.
    • Towards the end of the year, John Sheahan announced his retirement, officially ending the era of the Dubliners.
  • 2015
    • Jim McCann passes away, on March 5th at the age of 70, after a lengthy illness.