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Shane MacGowan: Dublin Gears Up To Say Final Goodbye

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Thousands of people will line the streets today to say goodbye to music legend Shane MacGowan.

His coffin will travel through Dublin city centre by horsedrawn carriage before he makes his final journey home to Nenagh in Co. Tipperary.

Although hundreds of fans are expected to attend his Mass, Shane’s wife Victoria Mary Clarke revealed the late singer ‘hated’ funerals and wouldn’t blame any fans who could not attend.

‘Shane hated funerals and he refused to go to them, with a few rare exceptions. ‘So it’s incredible to think that so many people want to come to his, and that so many beautiful people are pouring their hearts and souls into making it magnificent,’ she said.

The Mass, which is open to the public, will take place at St Mary of the Rosary Church, Nenagh, at 3.30pm, the same church where his beloved mother’s funeral was held almost seven years ago.

Shane MacGowan during his Porgues days.

The service is expected to last an hour and 45 minutes, with the music being specially chosen by his long-time friend, Oscar winner Glen Hansard.

It will also be broadcast live on Shane MacGowan’s official Facebook and X/Twitter pages. Shane’s funeral procession will begin at South Lotts Road at approximately 11.30am.

Led by the Artane Band and a piper, it will cross MacMahon Bridge and make its way to Pearse Street.

It will cross Westland Row to Fenian Street and then travel on to Denzille Lane for 11.45am, where the coffin will be removed from its horse-drawn carriage and transferred privately into the hearse to drive to Tipperary.

Shane MacGowan. Pic: RIP.ie
Shane MacGowan. (Pic: RIP.ie)

Gardaí have advised anyone travelling in the city centre between 10.45am and 11.45am to be aware of restrictions.

In Nenagh, Church Road will be closed from 8am until 7pm with restrictions at Kenyon Street, Pearse Street and the town centre between 2pm and 7pm.

There will be a final chance to say goodbye to Shane after the Mass finishes, with a procession through Nenagh town centre.

He will be cremated tomorrow before his ashes are scattered on the Shannon, returned to the river he famously wrote about in The Broad Majestic Shannon.

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