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FOND FAREWELL: Shane MacGowan and Victoria Mary Clarke at the funeral of Deirdre Drew last week

FOND FAREWELL: Shane MacGowan and Victoria Mary Clarke at the funeral of Deirdre Drew last week

COUPLE: Ronnie Drew and his late wife Deirdre Photo: Tony Gavin

COUPLE: Ronnie Drew and his late wife Deirdre Photo: Tony Gavin

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FOND FAREWELL: Shane MacGowan and Victoria Mary Clarke at the funeral of Deirdre Drew last week

LAST Monday, Shane MacGowan and I attended a particularly sad funeral, that of Deirdre Drew, late wife of Ronnie Drew. Of course the death of anyone is a sad occasion, but Deirdre's was particularly shocking, because Ronnie had just got the all-clear from cancer, having been lovingly nursed through the illness by Deirdre, when she was diagnosed with it herself,

and six weeks later she


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