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Dolores Keane

David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, January 2015

DOLORES KEANE has been through the mill. Conspicuous by her absence from Irish folk song this century, she spent most of those wilderness years inveterately devoted to the drink. When the 60-year-old singer finally checked into an addiction centre, the gods, in their black humour, afflicted her with breast cancer – a diagnosis that would have impelled many a recovering alcoholic to seek consolation in a drop of the hard stuff. But not Keane.

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