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Barney McKenna (The Dubliners) RIP

  • 05-04-2012 1:35pm
    Registered Users Posts: 8,061 ✭✭✭

    Hearing reports that Barney died this morning.

    Fantastic musician. Not much of the Dubliners Left now:(

    Brummytom will be devastated.




  • Registered Users Posts: 23,246 ✭✭✭✭Dyr

    Ah jaysus, Banjo Barney RIP

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,196 ✭✭✭CardBordWindow

    Another legend gone.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,110 ✭✭✭✭Gael23

    According to RTE Twitter page, Barney McKenna , The last surviing member of the Dubliners has died.
    Cant find any links at the moment but i'll post one as soon as I can

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,775 ✭✭✭✭kfallon

    This makes me so so sad, here's a sample of his unique talents

    RIP you legend! :(

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,061 ✭✭✭Uriel.

    ryanf1 wrote: »
    According to RTE Twitter page, Barney McKenna , The last surviing member of the Dubliners has died.
    Cant find any links at the moment but i'll post one as soon as I can

    When did John Sheahan die?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 81,220 ✭✭✭✭biko

    When you have a link to a source other than twitter, report this post with link to reopen thread again.

    It's on the front page of, thread reopened.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,528 ✭✭✭dcr22B

    Poor old Banjo Barney from Donnycarney

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,110 ✭✭✭✭Gael23

    Uriel. wrote: »
    When did John Sheahan die?
    He is still alive but he was not part of the original 1962 group.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,536 ✭✭✭AngryBollix

    Its being discussed on liveline.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,250 ✭✭✭lividduck

    He used to drink with me Da in the Royal in Howth, RIP Barney

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,543 ✭✭✭JerryHandbag

    RIP legend

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,572 ✭✭✭✭brummytom

    Uriel. wrote: »
    Brummytom will be devastated.

    Like you wouldn't believe.

    My first experience of the Dubliners was before I was even born. My parents went to watch them at Birmingham Town Hall when my mom was 8 months pregnant. She recalls me kicking and jumping around in the womb to the sound of The Dubliners. Somehow, I don't think that's an exaggeration, either.

    The Dubliners were my first foray into traditional irish music. As I tried to fumble my way through their jigs and reels, I realised a passion like I'd never felt before.

    For the last three St Patrick's Days, I've seen the Dubliners live. The first year, I thought Barney seemed quite bad, the second year the same. But I saw him just two and a half weeks ago, and he seemed better than ever. I was sitting directly at his feet, and felt in the presence of a very special man. Even when someone started mouthing off at Barney for his renowned rambling, the whole crowd was behind him, shouting down the heckle. Hearing this now, I'm genuinely shocked, and very upset.

    RIP Barney. You were a true legend, and will never be forgotten. I'll have a good few tunes and drinks tonight in your memory.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,783 ✭✭✭Pj!

    Very saddened. Another one gone.

    RIP Barney.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,933 ✭✭✭Logical Fallacy

    Dublin Forum?

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,820 ✭✭✭FanadMan

    RIP the legend

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 27,944 ✭✭✭✭4zn76tysfajdxp

    The Dubliners stayed at my grandfather's house back in the mid-60s. Nice lads apparently.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,061 ✭✭✭Uriel.

    ryanf1 wrote: »
    He is still alive but he was not part of the original 1962 group.

    Oh so you meant to say the "last surviving original member" in your previous post.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,572 ✭✭✭2ndcoming

    RIP Barney.

    Only got to see him once at a benefit gig for a good friend of his Gerry Lawes, he had a great little ramble about being the best banjo player of all time.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,317 ✭✭✭✭castletownman

    As a Wexford man, I am genuinely saddened by the death of Barney. The Dubliners have featured in my musical tastes for pretty much my whole life, and I still get goosebumps when I hear some of their songs being performed live by other musicians.

    RIP Barney. There must be some trad session going on up in heaven now.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 10,117 ✭✭✭✭Leiva

    Ahh feck it .

    Seems to be suddenly as well .

    I only seen him sing this a couple of weeks ago .
    The voice has years and years of mileage on it but just magic .

    Jezz some season tonight up there in heaven .

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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,246 ✭✭✭✭Dyr

    A friend of my old man is from donnycarney, he reckoned he had the first recording Barney made of his banjo playing on an old reel to reel or something that his family had, long since lost of course.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 70 ✭✭_GOD_

    RIP Barney.

    I never would have picked up the banjo if it wasnt for him. I'll also be raising a glass and raising a reel tonight for the godfather of Irish tenor banjo

  • Registered Users Posts: 229 ✭✭Jacksquat

    :( So sad. I love their music and this just feels weird. I was privilaged enough to see him play on his own in a pub a few years ago. RIP Legend.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,193 ✭✭✭✭Kerrydude1981


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,527 ✭✭✭Paz-CCFC

    Shocking news. RIP Barney.

    Here he is at his best:

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,219 ✭✭✭hellboy99

    RIP Barney

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 21,191 ✭✭✭✭Latchy

    I was only 8 years of age when I met the Dubliners aka ,Luke Kelly , Ronnie Drew ,Barney Mckenna and the others ,in Kilmainham Jail when they turned up for an album photo session and I remember Luke Kelly coming over to chat to me .Anybody who was around on the night got a free autographed album (long since lost from our original family home)

    I like the witty quip about Barney about how the time they were flying abroad to a gig and he not been a lover of flying was told by one of the other Dubs

    '' Ah stop worrying Barney ,when your times up's up''

    to which Barney replied ''

    ''it's not when my times up I'm worried about , it's when the time's up for the pilot of this plane ''

    Legend RIP.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,158 ✭✭✭mobby

    RIP BARNEY last of the legends. there be some session in heaven tonight.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,071 ✭✭✭Xenophile

    The Forum on Spirituality has been closed for years. Please bring it back, there are lots of Spiritual people in Ireland and elsewhere.