Crowds of people have gathered in Dublin and Tipperary for the funeral procession of The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan. The songwriter, best known for penning Fairytale of New York, died last week aged 65 following a lengthy hospital stay after his encephalitis diagnosis.
Members of the public have lined the streets to pay their respects as the procession makes its way from South Dublin, where Shane lived with his wife Victoria Mary Clarke, through the city across MacMahon Bridge and onto Westland Row.
The procession, which involves a horse-drawn carriage as well as the Artane Band and a piper, will then travel to Tipperary for Shane’s funeral mass, which will be live-streamed.
Shane had strong connections to the Irish town as his mother was from there and he later moved to live in the family home. It is thought that his childhood summers in Tipperary influenced his love of Irish music and the eventual sound of The Pogues.
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