Ireland

Public funeral for Shane MacGowan to take place

Shane MacGowan (Niall Carson/PA)
Shane MacGowan (Niall Carson/PA) Shane MacGowan (Niall Carson/PA)

Crowds of people are expected to gather in Dublin and Tipperary for the funeral procession of Shane MacGowan.

The songwriter, who found fame as the lead singer of London-Irish punk/folk band The Pogues, died at the age of 65 last week.

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

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Shane MacGowan death A candle burns next to a photograph of The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan at the Mansion House, in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

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 livestreamed, will take place at St Mary’s of the Rosary Church in Nenagh at 3.30pm.

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.

A private cremation will follow.

MacGowan was born to Irish parents in 1957 in Pembury, Kent, and he soon moved to rural Tipperary where he was immersed in a culture of ceili bands and showbands.

The Pogues frontman, best known for hit festive song Fairytale Of New York, died “peacefully” at 3am on November 30 with his wife and family by his side, a statement from his relatives said.

He was due to celebrate his 66th birthday on Christmas Day.