The Dubliners

The Dubliners

Formed over 50 years ago The Dubliners is one of Ireland’s longest surviving Irish music groups and still perform today.

Popular with performing such songs as Whiskey In The Jar, The Wild Rover, The Rocky Road To Dublin and many more The Dubliners became famous world-wide and are one of the most influential Irish groups to come out of Ireland.

How The Dubliners Started

When the lads first played in O’Donoghue’s Pub in Dublin they were known as “The Ronnie Drew Ballad Group” in 1962 but decided on a name change to The Dubliners. Their new name was taken from the book by James Joyce called Dubliners which one of the members was reading at the time.

They would play regularly at in O’Donoghue’s Pub but it wasn’t until 1963 when they played Edinburgh Festival that they became featured on a BBC programme. From here they won a contract to create their first album, The Dubliners.

In 1987 The Dubliners joined up with the Pogues to perform Irish Rover which topped the charts. Here is a video of them performing with the Pogues.

Over the span of 50 years The Dubliners changed members with Barney McKenna being the only member still in the band by 2012.

Sadly, Barney McKenna passed away in April of 2012.

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This article was first published on 15-05-2012 and last modified on 07-11-2015.

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Róisín Anraí
Róisín Anraí was born and raised in Ireland. She loves to travel in her spare time but also enjoys learning local history, telling ghost stories, and sharing her favorite Irish recipes. She has no problem telling stories with those who are willing to listen. Róisín is a regular contributor and author for