'We were like brothers': Tributes paid to 'gentleman' and former Dixies showband member

'We were like brothers': Tributes paid to 'gentleman' and former Dixies showband member

Tributes have been paid to Sean Lucey who passed away at his home this week.

TRIBUTES have been paid to former member of The Dixies and "gentleman" Sean Lucey who has been remembered for his music and the unforgettable memories he created.

Sean Lucey of Ballinlough and formerly Roman’s Walk passed away peacefully at this home on 28 July with his family.

Sean played saxophone and clarinet as well as doing vocals and was one of the founding members of the popular showband, The Dixies which was formed in 1954.

Bandmate Joe Mac said the pair have plenty of fond memories having played together since 1954 when rehearsals first took place in his “Mammy’s front room”.

“We were like brothers. We were closer than brothers. We spent so much time together.

Terry McCarthy on stage with Sean Lucy of The Dixies
Terry McCarthy on stage with Sean Lucy of The Dixies

“Some weeks we would go away on a Tuesday, and we wouldn’t be back until the following Monday morning,” he said.

“Like blood brothers,” he added.

Joe described Sean as “a gentleman”.

“He was a great organiser and a very solid guy.” 

Presenter Elmarie Mawe said she knew Sean Lucey as “the pool table man” from when he would “come with the pool tables and video games to the park in Garrettstown”.

“I remember copping it was him when The Dixies were on the Late Late Show at some stage in the 1980s," she said.

“While Joe Mac always caught the camera's attention, it was like seeing your teacher in the supermarket to see Seán on TV and suddenly make the connection.” 

 Though Elmarie was born after the showband era, she said “their legacy lives on”.

“Thousands of people will be sorry to hear of his passing and have many fond and happy memories of his musical days.

“For me, I can see him in the pool room in Garrettstown, grinning and cracking jokes with my dad. May he rest in peace.”

Paying tribute to Sean, one person under the pseudonym ‘A Dixie’s fan’ said it was “such sad news” to hear of Sean Lucey’s passing.

“Great nights of laughs and dances long ago. R.I.P Sean,” they said.

"My sincere sympathies to the Lucey family on the passing of Sean. Very happy memories going to many dancehalls following The Dixies," said another.

Sean’s Requiem Mass will be live-streamed at 10 am Saturday 31 July.

A private family funeral will take place, in accordance with covid guidelines.

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