Shane MacGowan’s funeral held today as thousands gather in Dublin and Tipperary


Thousands line streets as Shane MacGowan’s funeral procession travels through Dublin

Thousands of mourners including Irish leaders and the country’s biggest celebrities have gathered to pay their respects to Shane MacGowan, the iconic singer of The Pogues, on Friday.

The irrepressible frontman, known for songs including “Fairytale of New York” and “Pair of Brown Eyes”, died last week aged 65. Songs by the band are already playing on loop in the town of Nenagh, where a public mass will be held on Friday at 3.30pm ahead of a private cremation.

It comes after his widow Victoria Mary Clarke said the cause of Shane’s death was pneumonia. MacGowan had suffered from a number of health issues over the years, and had recently been discharged from hospital in Dublin, where he was being treated for encephalitis.

She posted: “Shane hated funerals and he refused to go to them with a few rare exceptions.

“So it’s incredible to think that so many people want to come to his and that so many beautiful people are pouring their hearts and souls into making it magnificent and magical and memorable for him and for us who are left behind.”

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As they await the procession’s passing, some mourners have gathered to sing “Dirty Old Town”, a Ewan MacColl song made famous by The Pogues in 1985.

Nicole Vassell8 December 2023 11:35

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WATCH: Thousands line the streets in Dublin for funeral procession

Thousands line streets as Shane MacGowan’s funeral procession travels through Dublin

Nicole Vassell8 December 2023 11:30

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Who is expected to attend the funeral?

Shane MacGowan was well-liked not only by fans, but by his fellow performers across the entertainment industry.

Johnny Depp is expected to attend the service in Tipperary. The actor was a friend of the Pogues frontman and attended his wedding to Victoria Mary Clarke in Copenhagen in 2018.

Bono and Nick Cave were also close friends with the singer, and are expected to attend later today.

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Nicole Vassell8 December 2023 11:18

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Mourners gather in Dublin for funeral procession

A procession for Shane MacGowan will begin in Dublin at 11am, before the funeral mass in Nenagh, Tipperary this afternoon.

Aidan Grimes, 60, is one fan paying respects to MacGowan in the Irish capital, and described the Pogues star as “an icon”.

“I remember the first time I saw The Pogues in the Hammersmith Odeon in 1985,” Grimes told PA. “It is imprinted in my mind forever, just the madness and mayhem, the raucus nature of his singing and the music they were playing. Through the years he evolved into a great poet and he will be sadly missed.

“I met him in Dublin about 15 years ago and he was a very charming, nice, friendly man. He talked about music and his time in London.

“I thought it was important to pay my respects. He was an icon of Dublin, just like Brendan Behan, Luke Kelly. His music will be listened to in 100 years’ time.”

Nicole Vassell8 December 2023 10:58

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Shane MacGowan’s cause of death revealed as world mourns irrepressible Pogues frontman

Earlier this week, MacGowan’s cause of death was reported as pneumonia.

The Pogues frontman had struggled with ill health for a significant amount of time prior to his death, and was admitted to the hospital for encephalitis last December.

Nicole Vassell8 December 2023 10:35

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Where will the funeral procession go?

Shane MacGowan’s funeral will take place in Nenagh, Tipperary later today.

Members of the public are expected to line the streets to catch a glimpse of the procession, which will begin at St Lotts Road in Dublin City Centre at 11am.

The procession, reported to involve a horse-drawn carriage as well as the Artane Band and a piper, will then travel through the city across MacMahon Bridge and onto Pearse Street.

It will turn onto Westland Row, onto Fenian Street and conclude at Denzille Lane at approximately 11.45am.

MacGowan’s public funeral mass, which will be live-streamed, will take place at St Mary’s of the Rosary Church in Nenagh at 3.30pm.

Irish President Michael D Higgins is expected to attend alongside stars such as Jonny Depp and Nick Cave.

Following the funeral mass, the public will also have the opportunity to pay their respects as the funeral cortege moves through Nenagh town centre from Church Road to Market Cross.

Nicole Vassell8 December 2023 09:30

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Shane MacGowan’s widow shares some words ahead of funeral

On Thursday, Victoria Mary Clarke, widow of MacGowan, shared some words ahead of his funeral – and noted that the Pogues star was no fan of memorials, himself.

“Shane hated funerals and he refused to go to them with a few rare exceptions,” she wrote. “So it’s incredible to think that so many people want to come to his and that so many beautiful people are pouring their hearts and souls into making it magnificent and magical and memorable for him and for us who are left behind.”

Clarke concluded her Instagram post by saying she understood anyone who didn’t want to attend her late husband’s service, as well as her hope that people remember MacGowan for his kind treatment of others.

She wrote: “If you want to remember him, the next time you see a homeless person stop and give them your time and your compassion and your respect and treat them like a brother or a sister.”

Nicole Vassell8 December 2023 09:00

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MacGowan’s widow ‘spent 35 years worrying about his death’

Shane MacGowan’s widow, Victoria Mary Clarke, said she worried about his death for 35 years because he “pushed the boundaries of what humans can do to their bodies”.

The Pogues frontman, best known for classic Christmas hit song Fairytale Of New York, died last week at the age of 65.

The gritty song is now battling to score the coveted Christmas number one spot, a feat not achieved when it was originally released in 1987, having peaked at number two in the charts.

Clarke told ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Thursday: “I don’t think Shane would mind too much if Fairytale goes to number one.

“I don’t think it was ever that important to him, because I think that he really appreciated the fact that so many people love it and it means so much to so many people, and being number one isn’t really all about being appreciated.”

Shane MacGowan in hospital with his wife, Victoria Mary Clarke

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Sam Rkaina8 December 2023 06:30

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The Darkness perform tribute to Shane MacGowan in Dublin

The Darkness launched into a spine-tingling rendition of Fairy Tale of New York getting the Dublin crowd to sing along on the night before his funeral.

The rockers captioned the video shot at the Olympia Theatre: “Thanks for the sing-a-long Dublin. R.I.P. Shane MacGowan”

Barney Davis8 December 2023 05:45

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Local band honoured to perform at Shane MacGowan’s funeral in Nenagh

Popular local outfit Cronin were chosen to play Shane MacGowan’s funeral alongside international megastar Nick Cave.

The Longford band have a long relationship with the late Pogues frontman, having joined forces on RTE’s Late Late Show.

Singer Mick Cronin said the memories of recording with Shane and playing at festivals will always stay with them.

“We have lost a dear friend, an idol, a collaborator, a band member, a Fenian, a genius and a proud Irishman,” he said.

Former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan (PA)

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Barney Davis8 December 2023 03:45



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