Remembering Luke Kelly who passed away on this day in 1984.

December 1983 would be the last time Luke Kelly’s fans would see him perform live. While the toll of his declining health could be seen on his face, he sang his last song ‘The Night Visiting Song’ with his characteristic depth and commitment. It seemed fitting that the opening lines of the song start with ‘I must away now, I can no longer tarry’. Within the following month, Luke Kelly’s mind and body had irrevocably drifted towards that permanent sleep and on 30 Jan 1984, the great performer succumbed to his illness.

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