Saturday 22 October 2016

U2's Larry and family bid farewell to dad

U2 star Larry Mullen Jnr has told of his love for his father at his funeral Mass in Dublin.

Larry Snr passed away at the age of 92 in the Bon Secours Hospital in Glasnevin on Sunday after a short illness.

Yesterday his remains were walked from his home on Rosemount Avenue, in Artane, the short distance to Our Lady of Mercy Church, with Larry Jnr (53) carrying the coffin with other family members.

In his eulogy, Larry recalled being an altar boy in the church 40 years ago, and joked about his mother's dreams of him becoming a priest as his father had once trained to be.

"It wasn't to be," he said, mentioning altar wine and pretty girls as distractions. I spent many years calling myself Larry Mullen. I always referred to my dad as Laurence Mullen Snr or The Old Man," he said.

"He knew he was Larry, so basically he has stolen back the name and it's on the lid of his casket," he added.

Larry Jnr's bandmates are rehearsing for the opening gig of their new world tour at the moment, and he thanked them and the U2 crew for helping him make it home from Vancouver in Canada for the funeral.

"Nice one on the timing dad," Larry smiled from the altar as he described how his father had been sick only for a short time but was a man who was "truly ready to go".

"He wasn't sick long, however he received bad news on Friday. He decided to exit his mortal coil on Sunday," Larry said.


"I had an opportunity to speak to him on Saturday and he was overwhelmed by the care, love and support shown to him."

He praised family members who stayed up with his father most of the night while he was on a trolley in the A&E of Beaumont Hospital before he was transferred to the Bon Secours.

He said his father had spent his adolescence in a seminary before leaving in the 12th month of his final year at the age of 21, followed by ten years of wanderlust trying to readjust.

"Then meeting my mother, who was herself orphaned, and by all accounts complicated," Larry said.

"They had three children quickly in their marriage. They lost their youngest daughter Mary at nine, followed four or five years later by the death of his wife - devastating the life of Larry," he added.

"To my dad, I just want to acknowledge that there are no regrets between us. I love you, and you know that. No regrets."

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