Shane MacGowan’s wife Victoria Mary Clarke remembers ‘precious love’ ahead of Irish funeral
8 Dec 2023, 10:56
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Shane MacGowan’s widow Victoria Mary Clarke has shared a heartbreaking message with fans ahead of his funeral later today (8th December).
The Irish punk star passed away surrounded by his family last Thursday (November 30), just weeks before his Christmas Day birthday.
Shane had suffered numerous health issues over the years, and was diagnosed with encephalitis in December 2022. He'd recently returned from hospital after a long stay in intensive care. He'd also been using a wheelchair since 2015 after damaging his pelvis and right knee.
The procession for Shane’s funeral will begin this morning, with members of the public expected to line the streets of Dublin City Centre from 11am. As well as prominent Irish figures and thousands of fans, the likes of Nick Cave and Johnny Depp are also expected to attend.
The funeral, which is also open to the public, will be held at St Mary’s Of The Rosary Church in Nenagh, County Tipperary - near to his mother Therese's birthplace and his childhood home. A public mass, expected to be live-streamed, will begin at 3:30pm.
Ahead of the proceedings, Irish writer Victoria took to Instagram to share another sweet photo of her with her late husband, and said it was “hard to believe” that Shane’s funeral would be taking place at all.
“I won’t believe it for a while,” she wrote in the caption. “Shane hated funerals and he refused to go to them with a few rare exceptions. So it’s incredible to think that so many people want to come to his and that so many beautiful people are pouring their hearts and souls into making it magnificent and magical and memorable for him and for us who are left behind.
“I am feeling my heart bursting open in all directions with the amount of love that is being showered on us and most especially because everyone has their own problems and challenges and everyone has their own loved ones who they need to look after.”
Victoria added that she feels Shane “is with me all the time,” and he also feels “intense appreciation and gratitude” for all the love shown.
Reminiscing about their “precious and enduring love affair,” the journalist added: “I got so much from my relationship with Shane that it would be greedy to want more!”
She added: “If you don’t want to come to the funeral Shane would definitely understand, he wouldn’t want to go either! But if you want to remember him, the next time you see a homeless person stop and give them your time and your compassion and your respect and treat them like a brother or a sister.”