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On Gay Byrne's final journey from his beloved Howth, town falls silent remembering one of its own

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The coffin of broadcaster Gay Byrne is brought to St Fintan’s Cemetery after his funeral mass. Picture: Mark Condren

The coffin of broadcaster Gay Byrne is brought to St Fintan’s Cemetery after his funeral mass. Picture: Mark Condren

The coffin of broadcaster Gay Byrne is brought to St Fintan’s Cemetery after his funeral mass. Picture: Mark Condren

As the cortege 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 as the hearse and four mourning cars passed the imposing Catholic Church and descended towards the harbour. 

Although a child of the South Circular Road, Howth was probably the place 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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The hearse carrying broadcaster Gay Byrne passes throught Howth. Picture: Mark Condren

The hearse carrying broadcaster Gay Byrne passes throught Howth. Picture: Mark Condren

The hearse carrying broadcaster Gay Byrne passes throught Howth. Picture: Mark Condren

In life people mostly left him alone when he lived in Howth, and they were equally respectful in death.


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