Saturday 23 September 2017

Funeral tributes flow for 'fearless' legend of music industry Frank Murray

Actor Patrick Bergin, singer Mary Stokes and musician BP Fallon at the funeral of Frank Murray. Photo: Tony Gavin
Actor Patrick Bergin, singer Mary Stokes and musician BP Fallon at the funeral of Frank Murray. Photo: Tony Gavin
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

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.

Shane MacGowan is helped on his way to the funeral of former Pogues manager Frank Murray. Photo: Tony Gavin
Shane MacGowan is helped on his way to the funeral of former Pogues manager Frank Murray. Photo: Tony Gavin

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.

Family and friends of Mr Murray including his daughter Shannon.
Photo: Tony Gavin
Family and friends of Mr Murray including his daughter Shannon. Photo: Tony Gavin

"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.

Anne Doyle at the funeral of former Pogues manager Frank Murray in St Paul's Church, Mount Argus. Photo: Tony Gavin
Anne Doyle at the funeral of former Pogues manager Frank Murray in St Paul's Church, Mount Argus. Photo: Tony Gavin

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'.

Sir Bob Geldof at the funeral of former Pogues manager Frank Murray. Photo: Tony Gavin
Sir Bob Geldof at the funeral of former Pogues manager Frank Murray. Photo: Tony Gavin
Frank Murray. Photo: Frank McGrath
Frank Murray. Photo: Frank McGrath

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