John Sheahan tells the tales behind some of the items in an exhibition marking 25 years of the folk group The Dubliners.

An exhibition at the Central Library in the Ilac Centre, Dublin celebrates 25 years of folk group The Dubliners. John Sheahan guides us through the exhibition which contains material he has collected about his group over the years. 

It all began for The Dubliners in O'Donoghues pub where they would gather for trad sessions. 
The exhibition includes profiles of the many members that have come and gone from the band over the years including Ronnie Drew "The Daddy of the Group", Barney McKenna, Sean Cannon, Jim McCann, Eamonn Campbell, Nigel Warren-Green, and Ciaran Bourke. Early members of the band are also featured including the late Luke Kelly. 

There is even a photograph of Taoiseach Charles Haughey singing with the band. John Sheahan is not that complimentary about his singing abilities.

He'd be ok in a choir, I'm not sure about a solo singer.

The exhibition includes photographs from a civic reception at the Mansion House which John Sheahan describes as a great honour for the group and a recognition for the contribution that The Dubliners made to Irish music and culture. Also on display as part of the exhibition is a silver plate which was presented to each of the members of the group at the civic reception in May 1987. 

One of the more unusual items on display is a briquette with a painting of O'Donoghues pub on it. This was presented to John Sheahan by Bord na Mona after he wrote piece of music called 'The Marino Waltz' for a television commercial. 

Visitors to the exhibition can also see the National Entertainment Award which the members of the group received for 'Best Folk Group' of 1987. Another more unusual item is a page from the visitors book for O'Donoghues signed by Ted Kennedy who had been entertained by The Dubliners.

This episode of 'Evening Extra' was broadcast on 10 Feburary 1988. The reporter is Siobhán Cleary.