Ronnie DrewThursday 1 January 2009 6.30pm
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Last year, Ronnie Drew was interviewed in an edition of Ryan Confidential. It was filmed at a time when Ronnie was undergoing intensive chemotherapy, and his appearance startled many viewers. The interview was, at times, moving and poignant - but it was never morbid, and it crackled with Ronnie’s incisive humour and characteristic wit. It ended with Ronnie singing, unaccompanied, a mesmerising version of “The Auld Triangle” – the song with which he was, perhaps, most closely linked. Following Ronnie’s death, Gerry Ryan has re-visited his original interview – as well as other material that was not broadcast in 2007.
This hour-long Confidential is a tribute to the career and character of a unique and pioneering Irish performer. It includes rare archive material as well as interviews with some of those who knew Ronnie best – such as his children Phelim and Cliodna, and his fellow Dubliners, Barney McKenna and John Sheahan. It also features some of the best-known figures in the Irish music industry, who worked with Ronnie over the years – such as Bono, Eleanor Shanley and Shane McGowran. What this tribute reveals is not only the duration, vitality and range of Ronnie’s musical career, but also the indomitable nature of his character - even when facing death.