Luke Kelly, the iconic Irish folk singer with the Dubliners, died 30 years ago today on the 30th January 1984. His powerful voice has stirred powerful emotions in the hearts of many people around the world.
For many people his renditions of Raglan Road and Scorn Not His Simplicity will be the definitive versions of those songs. Raglan Road was a poem written by Patrick Kavanagh and it was Kavangh himself who asked Kelly to sing the song. Similarly, it was composer Phil Coulter who wrote Scorn Not His Simplicity about his own son who had been diagnosed with Down's Syndrome and asked Kelly to perform his famed interpretation.
'The Town I love so well', 'The Black velvet Band', 'Dirty Old Town', and 'The Auld Triangle' and are among the many other songs that he will be remembered for.
He is buried at Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin and the inscription on his gravestone reads: 'Luke Kelly - Dubliner'