Frail-looking Shane MacGowan among mourners at funeral of former Pogues manager
POGUES founder Shane MacGowan today attended the funeral of the band's manager Frank Murray - just two days after his own mother Therese (87) died in a car crash in Tipperary.
In a period of deep loss for the legendary songwriter and performer, he arrived at the church of Paul of the Cross in Mount Argus, Harold's Cross, in Dublin to bid farewell to the man credited with the band's international success.
Murray first became known working as Thin Lizzy's tour manager but went on to work alongside The Pogues, and other stars such as Elton John.
He died suddenly of a suspected heart attack on December 22.
A frail-looking Mr MacGowan was helped to the church by partner Victoria Mary Clarke.
Gifts brought to the altar to represent Frank’s life included his guitar, hat, and a Dublin GAA jersey.
Chief mourners at the funeral were Frank’s children Shannon, Emmet, Dara and Aran.
Mass was celebrated by Fr Joe Kennedy and concelebrated by Frank’s friend Fr Jim Teeling.
At the end of the mass Frank’s daughter and three sons spoke lovingly of the man they said lit every corner of every room he ever went into.
His daughter Shannon spoke 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, telling about a time shortly after 9/11 when he was in a queue paying for petrol and a group of men were verbally abusing a Muslim cashier who was having trouble with the register.
“Everyone in the queue stayed quiet, but dad started shouting at them in no uncertain terms to shut up,” said Shannon.
“He stood his ground, he stood up to what he believed was right , he made sure he instilled that in us from an early age."
Speaking to Independent.ie after the funeral, Bob Geldof described Frank as hilarious, dynamic, and someone who saw what Irish music could do long before anyone else.
“He could blast himself into England, launch himself into record companies, and convince them that a band was worth listening too,” he said.
Many musicians, actors and well known personalities attended the funeral. In one beautiful moment Glen Hansard sang The Pogues classic Rainy Night In Soho as its writer, Shane MacGowan listened from nearby.
Bob Geldof, Glen Hansard, and other musicians including Gavin Friday, Shay Healy, Finbar Furey and Brush Shiels all shared memories with family and friends after the mass before Frank’s simple wicker coffin was brought to nearby Mount Jerome for cremation.
Actors Stephen Rea, Patrick Bergin, as well as RTE’s Anne Doyle and Miriam O’Callaghan were also in attendance.