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The Ballad Of Ronnie Drew

U2 / The Dubliners / Kla / A Band of Bowsies

Initial release: 2008


Robert Hunter contributed to the lyrics of the title track of this charity single. All proceeds from the sale of the single, at the request of Ronnie Drew, went to the Irish Cancer Society.


  • The Ballad Of Ronnie Drew
  • Easy And Slow

  • Dee Armstrong
  • Mary Black
  • Bono
  • Paul Brady
  • Moya Brennan
  • Eamonn Campbell
  • Paddy Casey
  • Adam Clayton
  • Andrewa Corr
  • Mary Coughlan
  • Chris De Burgh
  • Damien Dempsey
  • Christy Dignam
  • Eoin Dillon
  • The Edge
  • Joe Elliott
  • Jerry Fish
  • Gavin Friday
  • Bronagh Gallagher
  • Iona Green
  • Glen Hansard
  • Brian Hogan
  • Lance Hogan
  • Ronan Keating
  • Brian Kennedy
  • Jack L
  • Shane MacGowan
  • Eleanor McEvoy
  • Billy McGuinness
  • Barney McKenna
  • Christy Moore
  • Larry Mullen
  • Mundy
  • Sinead O'Connor
  • Mik Pyro,
  • Eleanor Shanley
  • John Sheahan
  • Colm Snodaigh
  • Ron Snodaigh
  • Rossa Snodaigh
  • Duke Special
  • Patsy Watchorn

In an article about the song on the U2 website explains Hunter's involvement:

[Simon] Carmody recalled that Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead lyricist, was a fan of Drew, and they were delighted that when they approached him with the idea he was up for being involved. They anticipated Hunter would come up with lyrics for Ronnie to sing - in fact he came back with a lyrical tribute to him. The Ballad of Ronnie Drew became a collaborative composition between Hunter, Edge, Carmody and Bono.
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