The Dubliners

Irish folk music band

The Dubliners were an Irish folk band founded in Dublin in 1962. Their most famous lead singers were Luke Kelly and Ronnie Drew. The band was successful with their lively Irish folk songs, traditional street ballads and instrumentals.

The Dubliners
OriginDublin, Ireland
GenresIrish folk
Years active1962–2012
2013–present (as "The Dublin Legends")
LabelsColumbia, Epic, Legacy, Major Minor, EMI, Transatlantic, Polydor, Stiff, CHYME, Lunar, Harmac, Baycourt
Past member(s)Ciarán Bourke
Ronnie Drew
Luke Kelly
Barney McKenna
Bob Lynch
John Sheahan
Jim McCann
Eamonn Campbell
Paddy Reilly
Patsy Watchorn

They were one of the most influential Irish acts of the 20th century. They celebrated 50 years together in 2012, the year they retired.[1]

Dominic Behan wrote songs for them including McAlpine's Fusiliers. [2]


  1. "BBC Radio 2 - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012". BBC. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  2. "McAlpine's Fusiliers Lyrics |". Retrieved 2024-02-07.