Old friends pay respects to Mac Mathuna
LEADING figures of the traditional Irish music scene last night paid their respects to Ciaran Mac Mathuna.
The procession made the short walk from the family home to the church in Terenure College in south Dublin, where Fr Tom Stack received Mr Mac Mathuna's remains.
Piper Liam Og O'Flynn played 'A Stor Mo Chroi' and it was standing-room only for luminaries from the law, the media, politics, the arts, academia and the Church.
Sean Keane from the Chieftains and John Sheahan from the Dubliners were among the many traditional Irish musicians paying their respects.
Filmmaker Sean O Mordha, RTE Director General Cathal Goan and broadcaster Marian Finucane joined old friends like Aideen Friel in the church.
Social Welfare Minister Mary Hanafin was in the procession and she was joined by Arts Minister Martin Cullen, and Pat Rabbitte with Senator Alex White.
After a reading , Fr Stack paid a fitting tribute to an old friend: "Ciaran was a gentle person, a merciful person, a peaceful person; a just and fair man."
Fr Dermod McCarthy, a friend and former head of religious broadcasting at RTE, Fr Frank McDonald of the local parish and members of the Carmelite Order were also among the mourners at last night's removal.
Virtuoso violinist Geraldine O'Grady played the signature tune to Mo Cheol Thu, Ciaran's award-winning weekly radio programme. She will play 'The Lark In The Clear Air' again today at the funeral Mass.
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