Gardaí advised the public today, Thursday, December 7, of a number of traffic restrictions that will be in place as part of Shane MacGowan's procession and funeral in Dublin City Centre and Nenagh, Co Tipperary tomorrow, December 8.
In Dublin City Centre, a procession will begin at St Lotts road at approximately 11 am on Friday morning, December 8. It will go across MacMahon Bridge and then onto Pearse Street. It will reach as far as the junction at Lomdard Street East and then turn onto Westland Row, onto Fenian Street, and will conclude at Denzille Lane at approximately 11:45 am.
Gardaí would like to advise anyone who has travel arrangements in Dublin City between 10:45 am – 11:45 am to be aware of traffic restrictions that will be in place along the route.
The funeral mass of Shane MacGowan will take place later at St. Mary’s of the Rosary Church in Nenagh, Co Tipperary at 3:30 pm.
Following the funeral mass, the public will have the opportunity to pay their respects as the funeral cortege moves through Nenagh Town Centre from Church Road to Market Cross.
A traffic management plan will be in place for Nenagh Town for the duration of the funeral.
Traffic restrictions will be in operation as follows:
- Church Rd, Nenagh will be closed from 8 am to 7 pm
- Traffic Restrictions will be in place for Kenyon St, Pearse St, and Nenagh Town Centre traffic from 2 pm to 7 pm.
Extra Parking facilities will be available throughout Nenagh Town including:
- On the Limerick side at Éire Óg Nenagh GAA Club and the Old Procter & Gamble factory in Gortlandroe
- On the East side at Nenagh Livestock Mart on Strafford Street
- On the Borrisokane side at Nenagh College on Dromin Road
Tipperary County Council will have information boards to sign post these.
People attending the funeral are asked to follow the diversions and the signage in place for parking arrangements and pedestrian access to Nenagh Town.
The cooperation of the public with Gardaí and Stewards is appreciated.
MacGowan, the frontman for the Pogues, died on Thursday, November 30 at the age of 65 following a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife Victoria Mary Clarke, father Maurice, and sister Siobhan.
MacGowan, who was born in Kent to Irish parents, spent a lot of time in Nenagh, Co Tipperary throughout his life. He had most recently been living in Dublin with his wife.
RTÉ previously confirmed the route of MacGowan's procession in Dublin on Friday, noting that his coffin will be carried in a horse-drawn carriage led by the Artane Band and a piper.
Tributes have been widespread in the wake of MacGowan's death, and Books of Condolence have been opened in Dublin, Tipperary, and online.
MacGowan's funeral is being held on what would have been Sinéad O'Connor's 57th birthday. The two Irish music icons were great friends and collaborators. O'Connor's funeral procession in August saw thousands of mourners lining the streets in Bray to pay their respects.