September 3, 2013 12:29

Members of U2 and Shane MacGowan attend funeral of Seamus Heaney

Irish musicians and politicians attend church ceremony in Donnybrook, south Dublin

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Bono and the other members of U2 plus Pogues singer Shane MacGowan were among mourners at the funeral of Seamus Heaney yesterday (September 2).

The 74-year-old writer died in hospital last Friday (August 31) and his funeral was held at the Sacred Heart Church in the south Dublin suburb of Donnybrook, close to where he lived. Also among the hundreds of mourners at at the church service were senior Sinn Fein figures Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.

Heaney's funeral was led by his widow Marie and three children Michael, Christopher and Catherine Ann. Michael Heaney revealed that his father's last words to his wife were: "Don't be afraid".

The Standard reports that Michael Heaney told mourners: "His last few words in a text message he wrote to my mother minutes before he passed away were in his beloved Latin and they read 'nolle timere', 'don't be afraid'."

Bono attended the funeral alongside his wife Ali Hewson plus bandmates the Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton. Irish president Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former president Mary McAleese and her husband Martin also lined up to pay their respects. Heaney's body will be buried 125 miles north of Donnybrook in his native Bellaghy in County Derry.

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