Funeral tributes flow for 'fearless' legend of music industry Frank Murray
The family of the legendary Pogues manager Frank Murray have remembered him as a "wonderful and intelligent" man who lit up every room he went into.
Mr Murray, known to generations of singers and musicians as an accomplished promoter and manager, died of a suspected heart attack shortly before Christmas.
Miriam O'Callaghan, former news anchor Anne Doyle, director Jim Sheridan and Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof were among the mourners at yesterday's requiem Mass at the Church of St Paul of the Cross in Mount Argus, Dublin.
Singer Shane MacGowan also attended the service just days after his beloved mother Therese MacGowan passed away in a car accident.
Mr Murray's daughter, Shannon, spoke movingly about the man behind the music.
"He was incredibly intelligent, largely self-taught with a huge amount of street smarts, and had no fear of confrontation in any situation," she said.
"He was a staunch defender of women's rights, investing in a women's theatre group in the 1980s."
Although Frank and Shannon's mother had gone their separate ways, "they were still the best of friends", said Shannon.
"Mum wants everyone to know how wonderful Frank was...and is happy for the time they had together and the four children they raised of whom they were so proud," she said.
Gifts brought to the altar included Mr Murray's guitar and hat.
Speaking after the funeral, Bob Geldof said: "At one time or another he managed half of Dublin bands. He was the go-to guy."
Mr Murray paired the late Kirsty MacColl with The Pogues to create the hugely successful 1987 festive ballad, 'Fairytale Of New York'.