It´s not often that you hear news that is genuinely a shock, but tonight´s breaking news from the Irish Times is one of those moments. It is impossible to talk about Irish cultural history without bringing in the showbands, and Joe Dolan was the most successful, and easily the most loved, of all of them.
There´s a comment over on YouTube that Joe Dolan only really made sense in Ireland and on the cabaret circuit - that, seen out of that context, in a video on YouTube for example, he comes across as a bit of a pub singer. That´s probably true, but as the commentator says, to see him only that way is to miss the point. The fact that Joe Dolan made sense in Ireland reflects how much a part of Irish culture he really was.
Joe Dolan. R.I.P.