- 08 Dec 23
The cortege made its way through the streets of the capital before travelling to Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, for the funeral mass
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Dublin to pay their respects to the late Shane MacGowan, whose funeral cortege passed through the city this morning.
Processions started at the South Lott’s Road Junction on Ringsend Road at around 11am, before moving across MacMahon Bridge and t onto Pearse Street. From there, it continued to the junction at Lombard Street East, turning onto Westland row and concluding at Denzille Lane.
The iconic singer and musician, best known as being the frontman of The Pogues, passed away peacefully at his home last Thursday, aged 65.
MacGowan's widow, Victoria May Clarke, described him as "the measure of my dreams and the love of my life", as well as "the sun and the moon and the start and end of everything that I hold dear", in a powerful tribute shared online.
As Hot Press editor Niall Stokes wrote in our special celebration of the band in the current issue, "The Pogues grappled their way into proper existence just as the London punk scene finally ran aground.
“With Shane MacGowan as the lyrical driving force, they looked, first and foremost, to the Irish music that the lead singer and main songwriter had grown up with. In all sorts of ways, that was a brave move."
"This is desperately sad news for anyone who loves Irish music," he added. "There is no doubt that Shane MacGowan was one of the all-time great songwriters – and will be remembered as such.”
A traffic management plan is set to be in place in Nenagh Town during the funeral this afternoon. People attending have been asked to follow diversions and signage for parking arrangements and pedestrian access to the town.