Wednesday 13 December 2017

U2 band members pay respects to 'travelling pastor'

The Rev. Jack Heaslip
The Rev. Jack Heaslip
U2's Bono at the funeral of Jack Heaslip at St Mary’s Church, Deerpark, Howth. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Robin Schiller

U2 joined around 100 mourners at the funeral of their 'travelling pastor' Jack Heaslip, who was remembered as a man who "made a lasting impression on so many people in so many ways".

The 71-year-old clergyman passed away at his home over the weekend after a prolonged battle with motor neuron disease. The Church of Ireland pastor travelled the world with U2, having first met the members while working as a guidance counsellor at the secondary school they attended, Mount Temple.

The group's frontman Bono was accompanied by his wife Ali Hewson to the service at St Mary's Church, Howth yesterday.

Rev Kevin Brew described how Rev Heaslip would not have wanted the funeral to focus on himself.

The congregation, including U2 members Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton and the Edge listened as Bono read from Isaiah 61. The band's former manager Paul McGuinness, Bono's close friend Guggi and the group's soundman Joe O'Herlihy were also in attendance.

As the service concluded, Mr Heaslip's coffin was carried from the church to a round of applause.

Irish Independent

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