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Fans set to pay respects to Dubliners legend Barney

The funeral of The Dubliners legend Barney McKenna will be held on Monday.

The 72-year-old banjo player, who was affectionately dubbed Banjo Barney, will be buried in Trim, Co Meath, where his family is originally from.

Brian Hand, agent for The Dubliners, said it was McKenna's wish to be buried in Trim, where he had a house.

"He was born in Dublin but the McKennas are originally from Trim and have always had a connection with Trim," he said. "He had a little hideaway there. That's where he was going yesterday before he died."

Barney was the last remaining member of the original line-up of The Dubliners.


Fans will be able to pay their respects to the acclaimed musician in Dublin and Trim over Easter weekend.

His remains are reposing at The Church of The Assumption in Howth, Co Dublin, today from 3pm to 6.30pm and at Heffernan's Funeral Home, High Street, Trim, tomorrow from 3pm to 7pm. He will be removed to St Patrick's Church, in Trim on Monday at noon.

His funeral Mass will be held at 12.30pm, followed by burial at St Loman's Cemetery.

Barney, a widower, is survived by long-term partner Tina Hove, his sister Maria Fuller and his brother Sean Og McKenna. The church in Howth and funeral home in Trim will be open to the public.