Rock of Ages

Despite his self-proclaimed shyness and the tragedies which have touched him in the past, Dickie Rock has been a staple on the Irish music circuit for nearly 50 years – and the grand old man of showbusiness has no plans to take a bow just yet

11th April, 2009

Dickie Rock is having a flashback. Sitting backstage in an RTE dressing room as he prepares to go on The Late Late Show, he has just seen X Factor contestant Eoghan Quigg mobbed by a group of teenage girls.

‘‘It’s like looking at myself 50 years ago,” says the veteran crooner, a faraway look in his big, dark eyes. ‘‘Back then, I thought that I’d be doing well if I got five years out of...

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