The funeral has taken place for Ronnie Drew, former singer with legendary Irish balladeers The Dubliners.

Drew was buried yesterday (Aug. 19) in his adopted home of Greystones, Co Wicklow, after losing a two-year battle with cancer on Saturday. He was 73.

One of Ireland's best-loved musical figures, Drew was a founding member of The Dubliners in the early Sixties, and he played a pivotal role in popularizing traditional Irish folk music.

The group, who counted Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Jimi Hendrix among their fans, scored a number of Top 10 hits in the U.K., including "Seven Drunken Nights" (No. 7 in 1967) and "The Irish Rover" (No.7 in 1987), their collaboration with The Pogues, who styled themselves as "the bastard sons of The Dubliners".

After Drew was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2006, his admirers in the Irish music industry - including Bono and Shane MacGowan - gathered in a Dublin studio to record a song in his honour, titled "The Ballad Of Ronnie Drew."

U2 manager Paul McGuinness was among those who attended the funeral mass at the Church of the Holy Rosary, along with members of The Dubliners.

Drew was buried next to his late wife, who died last year, in Redford Cemetery in Greystones.

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