The Dubliners: History
1990s and on …
30th Anniversary … Exit Ronnie
- 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.
- 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.
- In the fall of 2005 Paddy Reilly leaves The Dubliners and is replaced by Patsy Watchorn
RIP Ronnie Drew
- 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!
- 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
- 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.
- Jim McCann passes away, on March 5th at the age of 70, after a lengthy illness.