Shane McGowan honored with funeral procession in Dublin

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The funeral procession of Shane McGowan passes through the streets of Dublin before his funeral in Tipperary.


In a procession through the streets of Dublin, Ireland on Friday paid tribute to Shane McGowan, lead singer of the Anglo-Irish band The Pogues, who died last week aged 65.

A horse-drawn carriage carried his coffin, draped in the Irish flag, through the streets, while mourners paid silent tribute to him along the roadside.

McGowan’s music accompanied the funeral procession, both planned and spontaneous.

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Crowds gather in Dublin to pay tribute to Shane McGowan.

The procession stopped when the Arteen Band, a marching band of young musicians, played their most famous hit, the Christmas song “Fairytale of New York”, while the gathered crowd sang along.

Elsewhere in the crowd, musicians performed “Dirty Old Town”, first recorded by English folk singer Ewan MacColl and later popularized by The Pogues, while others performed The Pogues’ 1985 single “A Pair Of Brown Eyes” played.

On Thursday, McGowan’s wife, Victoria Marie Clark, expressed her gratitude on Instagram that “so many beautiful people are putting their heart and soul into making this spectacular and magical and memorable for them and for us who are left behind.”

He added, “Shane hated funerals and refused to go to them with a few rare exceptions. So it’s incredible to think that so many people want to come to him.”

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Shane McGowan died last week at the age of 65.

The “Fairytale of New York” singer died on Nov. 30 after a long illness, according to Clark’s social media posts.

Clarke said he was discharged from St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin on November 22 after being treated for the infection.

Starting at 11 a.m. local time (6 a.m. ET) on South Lots Road, the procession for McGowan will march along a three-kilometre (two-mile) route through central Dublin. a statement Said to be issued by Irish police.

After the procession, McGowan’s funeral will be at St. Mary of the Rosary Church in Nenagh, a small town about 100 miles west of Dublin, Father Pat Gilbert, the priest who oversaw the service, told Ireland’s public broadcaster, RTÉ.

“We will have a welcome ceremony, mass prayers and a final resting ceremony along with musical pieces that will be performed by some of his friends,” he said.

McGowan had been battling a number of health problems in recent years and was in a wheelchair after breaking his pelvis in 2015.

Last year, he was diagnosed with viral encephalitis, a potentially life-threatening condition that causes inflammation of the brain.

And McGowan received a full set of dental implants in 2015 after losing several teeth as a result of heavy drug and alcohol abuse.

Clarke said on Instagram that “If you don’t want to come to the funeral Shane will definitely understand, he won’t want to go either!”

“But if you want to remember that, the next time you see a homeless person give them your time, your compassion and your respect and treat them like a brother or sister.”

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