Kelly, Luke

Luke Kelly (1940 – 1984) was an Irish singer, folk musician and actor.

The Dublin Troubadour, Luke Kelly was born in Sheriff Street and was a founding member of the folk band The Dubliners where he played the banjo and sang.

Though Luke left school at thirteen, he worked a variety of jobs before moving to England in 1958. There he learned about folk music and was influenced by Ewan MacColl.

In 1962 Kelly joined The Dubliners and played with them for 19 years apart from a short period between 1964 and 65. He performed as King Herod in the hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar produced by Noel Pearson in 1973 in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin.

Kelly is known for his interpretations of 'On Raglan Road','Scorn Not His Simplicity' and 'The Town I Loved So Well'. 

Luke Kelly married Deirdre O'Connell in 1965 but they separated in the 1970s. Luke lived with his partner Madeleine Seiler for the last eight years of his life.

He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

Luke Kelly is pictured at Siamsa Cois Laoi (1979)