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Life of Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan to be celebrated at funeral in Co Tipperary

Shane MacGowan died last Thursday at the age of 65. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA
Shane MacGowan died last Thursday at the age of 65. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Shane MacGowan died last Thursday at the age of 65. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA

THE funeral of Shane MacGowan will take place in Co Tipperary this Friday after his remains are carried in a procession through Dublin.

The life of the Pogues frontman, who died last Thursday at the age of 65, will be celebrated at a mass in St Mary of the Rosary Church, in the town of Nenagh, and the service is expected to be attended by guests including President Michael D Higgins.

MacGowan, who was born in Kent, England, to Irish parents, spent much of his childhood in the town.

He died in the Dublin home he shared with wife, Victoria Mary Clarke, a week after being released from hospital, where he had spent five months being treated for viral encephalitis.

 

A death notice for the celtic punk icon said he died "peacefully...with his wife Victoria and family by his side".

"He is predeceased by his mother Therese and is survived by his beloved wife Victoria, his sister Siobhan and his father, Maurice, family and a large circle of friends," the notice added.

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Ms Clark has spoken of her heartbreak at the loss of her husband, who she said "wasn't ready to stop fighting" before his death.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1's Brendan O'Connor Show, she said she felt "I was going to die myself" when told by a doctor that her husband's life was ending.

"He wasn't ready to give up. He wasn't ready to stop fighting - but his body did it for him," she said, adding that in previous period of ill-health, he "always pulled through".

"He always did. He'd had so many of these. He'd been in intensive care so many times all over the years - in London and in Ireland and even in America," she said.

It has been reported that following Friday’s funeral, MacGowan’s remains will be cremated.