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POGUES SHANE MCGOWAN PHIL CHEVRON

POGUES SHANE MCGOWAN PHIL CHEVRON

The Pogues In Concert...NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17:  Phil Chevron of The Pogues performs at Terminal 5 on March 17, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)...E

The Pogues In Concert...NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: Phil Chevron of The Pogues performs at Terminal 5 on March 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)...E

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POGUES SHANE MCGOWAN PHIL CHEVRON

THE POGUES are set to reunite this weekend at the funeral of their late guitarist Phil Chevron.

Dublin's Mansion House will be the setting for the Humanist service, to be attended by a wide cross-section of figures from the world of Irish arts, music and theatre.

The family of the 56-year-old, (inset) who died on Tuesday, had initially planned a smaller setting. But the number of mourners contacting them to attend, prompted the move to the Mansion House.

"Phil knew he was loved but the outpouring has been incredible," Pete Holidai, who played with Chevron in The Radiators From Space, told the Herald.

Actor Aidan Gillen, novelists Roddy Doyle and Joseph O'Connor, musicians Shane MacGowan, Horslips, Mary Coughlan, and Damien Dempsey took part in The Phil Chevron Testimonial in The Olympia in August.

But the Santry man could yet find a permanent memorial in his native Dublin.

Along with Pogues' classic Thousands Are Sailing, Chevron was best known for song Under Clerys Clock where Dubliners met for generations. "It would be lovely to put a plaque up to Phil near Clerys Clock.

A reminder of one of his greatest songs," said Pete Holidai.

The humanist service begins at 11am in The Mansion House on Saturday with burial in Dardistown Cemetery.

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