Moment Shane MacGowan’s family dance in the aisles to The Pogues’ Christmas classic Fairytale of New York at the singer’s funeral
This is the bittersweet moment Shane MacGowan’s family danced down the aisles to The Fairytale of New York as they bid a final goodbye to the legendary Irishman at his funeral today.
Loved ones of The Pogues’ front man were captured cradling each other as they swayed, sang and smiled along to a live performance of the Christmas classic as the long day of emotional tributes to the beloved rocker came to an end.
More than 30,000 mourners had gathered on the streets of Dublin this morning, singing and dancing, as the funeral procession made its way through the capital. Some threw flowers at his coffin while others raised a pint of Guinness in tribute.
MacGowan’s widow, Victoria Mary Clarke, was seen in tears as the coffin – draped in an Irish flag – was brought into Saint Mary’s of the Rosary Church in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
The singer died last week at the age of 65, following a battle with pneumonia. The singer had been discharged from hospital over a week before after undergoing treatment for viral encephalitis, a condition in which swelling develops on the brain.
Shane MacGowan’s family danced down the aisles to The Fairytale of New York as they bid goodbye to the beloved musician
Irish singer Glen Hansard (far right) led a group of musicians as they played out the Christmas classic
Hundreds of people have lined the streets to say farewell to Pogues star Shane MacGowan
Johnny Depp was seen placing his hand on the coffin, as he said a final goodbye to his friend
The star-studded send off began with an emotional tribute from Nick Cave, followed by other A-listers such as Johnny Depp and Bob Geldof.
The 60-year-old Pirates Of The Caribbean star was seen on Friday dressed in a black suit, hat along with a scarf and dark sunglasses as he arrived at the church.
Depp, a long-time friend of MacGowan’s who attended his wedding, was joined by Hothouse Flowers frontman Liam O’Maonlai as they read the prayers of the faithful during this afternoon’s service.
He was later seen with his hand on MacGowan’s coffin as it left the church, saying his final goodbye.
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