The funeral of Shane MacGowan will take place this afternoon in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, after The Pogues frontman died last week.
Fans of the singer will have an opportunity to pay their respects when the remains of Mr MacGowan are driven through Dublin’s southside before heading to Tipperary.
Shane MacGowan died last Thursday after being ill for several months. His funeral will take play at St Mary of the Rosary church in Nenagh at 3.30pm, where Mr MacGowan would attend mass in town.
President Michael D Higgins, along with family, friends and colleagues of the singer, will attend Mr MacGowan’s funeral mass.
He spent his early childhood around the Carney Commons and Silvermines areas around Nenagh which were frequently credited with fostering his love of Irish music and storytelling and for influencing his songwriting career.
Mr MacGowan’s funeral also takes place on the feast of the Immaculate Conception – a significant date in the calendar of the Catholic Church – as well as the birthday of the late Sinéad O’Connor, with whom Mr MacGowan recorded songs.
The funeral procession in Dublin will begin at 11am and will travel by horse-drawn carriage from South Lotts Road, down Pearse Street and onto Westland Row.
Gardaí say traffic restrictions are in place for both events – and roads in the centre of Nenagh will be closed until 7pm this evening.
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