Ronnie Drew

Ronnie Drew

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Ronald "Ronnie" Drew (Irish: Ránall Ó Draoi ) (born "Joseph Ronald Drew") was an Irish singer and folk musician who achieved international fame during a fifty-year career recording with The Dubliners. He was born in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin. He was best known for his long beard and his voice, which was once described by Nathan Joseph as being "like the sound of coke being crushed under a door".

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Ronnie Drew was born in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin in 1934. Ironically with Drew being so intimately associated with being "a Dubliner" he would somewhat tongue and cheekily say that; "I was born and grew up in Dun Laoghaire, and no true Dubliner would accept that at all!". He was educated by the Christian Brothers. Drew used to "mitch" and cycle up to Leopardstown Racecourse. Despite an aversion to education on the part of Drew, he was considered the most intelligent in his class by schoolfriend and future Irish film censor, Sheamus Smith. Drew was a boy soprano before his voice...
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