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Poignant: The hearse passes through Howth; the coffin is brought to St Fintan’s Cemetery.
Photos: Mark Condren; Gerry Mooney; David Conachy and Colin Keegan

Poignant: The hearse passes through Howth; the coffin is brought to St Fintan’s Cemetery. Photos: Mark Condren; Gerry Mooney; David Conachy and Colin Keegan

Claire Byrne and Andrea Corr. Photos: Mark Condren; Gerry Mooney; David Conachy  
and Colin Keegan

Claire Byrne and Andrea Corr. Photos: Mark Condren; Gerry Mooney; David Conachy and Colin Keegan

John McColgan and Moya Doherty outside the Pro-Cathedral. Photos: Mark Condren; Gerry Mooney; David Conachy and Colin Keegan

John McColgan and Moya Doherty outside the Pro-Cathedral. Photos: Mark Condren; Gerry Mooney; David Conachy and Colin Keegan

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Poignant: The hearse passes through Howth; the coffin is brought to St Fintan’s Cemetery. Photos: Mark Condren; Gerry Mooney; David Conachy and Colin Keegan

As the cortège carrying Gay Byrne on his final journey crested the hill of Howth and descended into the village with the sun at its back, several hundred people lined the street and applauded.

Then the hearse and four mourning cars passed the church and descended towards the harbour.

Although a child of the South Circular Road, Howth was probably the place that he loved most, if only slightly ahead of Dungloe, Co Donegal, where he and Kathleen kept a holiday cottage and spent every summer.


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