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06th Dec 2023

Shane MacGowan’s family confirm funeral procession will end at quirky Dublin landmark

Stephen Porzio

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Shane MacGowan’s family have revealed what route his funeral cortège will take so that people will have ‘a chance to wish him godspeed’.

The family of Shane MacGowan have thanked the public for their “enormous outpouring of affection” for the legendary singer-songwriter following his death last week as they confirmed the details of his funeral procession route.

In a statement issued on Wednesday (6 December), Shane’s wife Victoria, father Maurice, sister Siobhan and wider family expressed gratitude for the messages of condolences they have received since the Pogues frontman’s passing last Thursday.

Recognising that people “might wish to have the opportunity to say a final farewell”, they have confirmed that MacGowan’s funeral cortège will pass through the streets of Dublin on Friday, 8 December from 11am.

Going into more detail about the procession’s route, the statement from the family explains:

“The route will begin at the South Lott’s Road Junction on Ringsend Road, continuing onto Pearse Street, passing Pearse Square and then further along Pearse Street, turning left onto Westland Row, and ending at the top of Westland Row, with a nod to Sweny’s Pharmacy where the procession will end.

“From there the cortege will continue home to Tipperary and his family for a funeral mass.

“The Gardai have asked that people wishing to pay their final respects to Shane gather on the footpath along this route.”

shane macgowanShane MacGowan’s family confirm funeral procession will end at quirky Dublin landmark

Sweny’s is a Dublin landmark which was once a working pharmacy and was made famous for being featured in James Joyce’s modernist masterpiece novel Ulysses.

Though it is no longer a functioning pharmacy, Sweny’s has become part of Dublin’s literary culture and is now run by volunteers who maintain its original 1850’s Victorian style.

The statement from MacGowan’s family concluded with the following message:

“Shane’s family are thankful for the many people that loved him as a musician, songwriter and champion of Ireland and its culture and hope they are in some way repaying that loyalty by giving those that loved and admired him a chance to wish him godspeed and say slán.”

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