Legendary Irish folk musician Ronnie Drew has passed away. The 73-year-old founder of The Dubliners had been battling ill health for some time. His family confirmed he passed away at St Vincent's Private Hospital in Dublin at 2pm on Saturday.

In 1962, he founded the Ronnie Drew Group with Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna and Ciaran Bourke. This group was later to be known as The Dubliners, and would become one of the best known Irish folk groups. After the end of the band in 1995, he pursued a solo career and also became a frequent collaborator. Among the artists he recorded with, were Christy Moore, The Pogues, Antonio Breschi, Dropkick Murphys, Eleanor Shanley and others.

His collaboration with the Dropkick Murphys and Spider Stacy can be seen here.

Our deepest condolences to his friends and family.

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