Thursday 18 December 2014

Friends gather to mourn Ronnie Drew

Friends and family follow the funeral cortege as it arrives at Ronnie Drew's funeral.
Pogues frontman Shane McGowan arrives at the funeral.
Thousands of mourners joined Drew's friends and family for the moving funeral service at the Church of Holy Rosary in Wicklow.
Musicians tune up before the service begins.
Family members watch on as Ronnie Drew's coffin is removed from the hearse.
U2 manager Paul McGuiness was among the mourners at today's service.
Gardai were on hand to help direct the people traffic as an estimated 3,000 mourners turned up to pay tribute to the late Ronnie Drew.
The surviving members of the Dubliners left their own floral tribute for Ronnie Drew.
The service was so packed with mourners that an adjacent community centre was opened with the service being relayed via large screen TVs.
Vince Power was among the mourners paying respect to the late Ronnie Drew.
Don Baker pictured at Ronnie Drew's funeral.
Robbie Fox was also among the mourners.
Lord Mayor Eibhlin Byrne was among the thousands of mourners today.
DJ BP Fallon was among the stars to attend the funeral sevice.
Phil Coulter pictured inside the church.
Actor Alan Stanford arriving at the service.
The Church of the Holy Rosary played host to some of the finest musicians of Drew's era as friends such as Eleanor Shanley, Paddy Moloney from the Chieftains along with the surviving members of the Dubliners paid tribute to the great man of Irish music in song.
Shops in the village of Greystones shut for business and locals lined the streets as Ronnie Drew made his final journey.
Noel Pearson arrives at the church.
Journalist John Waters pictured at Ronnie Drew's funeral.
Paddy Moloney from The Chieftens arrives at the funeral service.
Nicky Kelly and Niall Stokes pictured outside the church.
TD Michael D Higgins joins the crowd of mourners making their way to the church.
Ronnie Drew's son Phelim was among the the pall bearers who carried the coffin from the service.
Fittingly the service ended with the audience clapping along to the many traditional ballads that Drew had made his own as performed by his friends.
Ronnie's daughter Cliona (centre) and son Phelim outside the church.
Paddy Reilly joins mourners outside the service.
Dubliner Eamon Campbell pictured outside the Drew home in Greystones where friends and family last night held a wake for the late Ronnie Drew.
Folk singer Mary Coughlin outside last night's wake.
John Sheahan who also played in the band with Ronnie attended the emotional wake.
Producer Noel Pearson at last night's wake at the Drew home in Wicklow.