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The Dubliners to go ahead with concert

The band will dedicate their performance at the National Concert Hall this Friday to the late Barney McKenna.

The concert will be dedicated to the late Barney McKenna
The concert will be dedicated to the late Barney McKenna
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

THE DUBLINERS ARE to go ahead with their planned concert at the National Concert Hall this Friday, 13 April, which is part of the Dublin: One City, One Book celebrations.

The event will be dedicated to the late Barney McKenna, one of the original members of the group who passed away last Thursday.

The 72-year-old banjo player was buried at his ancestral home in Trim, Co Meath.

“The Dubliners, though shocked at Barney’s sudden death, are keen to honour their commitment to Dublin City Libraries,” said friend of the group and performer Noel O’Grady.

“Barney, well-read as well as well-loved, would want that, and no doubt his stories and unique take on life will feature centrally throughout the evening’s entertainment,” he added.

The concert, part of an initiative of Dublin City Libraries, is a celebration of James Joyce’s book Dubliners – a month-long event that encourages people to read the book and also features readings and performances from writers, singers, comedians and actors.

VIDEO: An intimate portrait of Barney McKenna>

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