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Luke Kelly

Death: Died in County Dublin, Ireland
Cause of death: Brain tumor
Place of Burial: Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Luke Kelly
Husband of <private> Seiler
Ex-husband of Deidre O'Connell

Occupation: Singer, Folk Musician (The Dubliners)
Managed by: Terry Teford Cooper
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About Luke Kelly

Source: Find-A-Grave memorial #25736526. Links to his music are below his obit.

Singer, Folk Musician. He is best known as a member of the Irish band The Dubliners. Born into a working class family, he began his music career in England in 1960. When he returned to Dublin in 1962, he, Ronnie Drew, Ciaran Bourke, and others formed the Dubliners. Kelly played the banjo and sang lead vocals for the group, but left in 1964 only to return two years later. Some of the band's songs, with Kelly singing the vocals, included "The Town I Loved So Well", "On Ragland Road", "Black Velvet Band", "Scorn Not His Simplicity", and others. The Dubliners recorded many albums and enjoyed international acclaim. In 1980, Kelly was diagnosed with a brain tumor that despite treatment, finally led to his death in 1984. His headstone in Glasnevin Cemetery reads simply: "Luke Kelly, Dubliner". Today, Kelly's music is regarded by many as one of Dublin's cultural treasures.

His spouse was Deidre O'Connell (1939-2001)

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Luke Kelly's Timeline

November 30, 1940
January 30, 1984
Age 43
County Dublin, Ireland
February 1984
Age 43
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland