Belfast Telegraph

Tributes as Pogues manager is laid to rest

By Conor Feehan

The family of the Pogues manager Frank Murray have remembered him as a "wonderful and intelligent" man who lit up every room he went into.

Mr Murray, known to generations of singers and musicians as an accomplished promoter and manager, died of a suspected heart attack shortly before Christmas.

Mr Murray paired the late Kirsty MacColl with The Pogues to create the hugely successful 1987 festive ballad, Fairytale Of New York.

Former RTE news anchor Anne Doyle, My Left Foot film director Jim Sheridan and Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof were among the mourners at yesterday's mass at the Church of St Paul of the Cross in Mount Argus, Harold's Cross.

Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan attended the service just days after his beloved mother Therese MacGowan passed away in a car crash.

Mr Murray's daughter, Shannon, spoke movingly about the man behind the music. "He was incredibly intelligent, self-taught with a huge amount of street smarts, and had no fear of confrontation," she said.

Speaking after the funeral, Bob Geldof said: "At one time he managed half of Dublin bands. He was the go-to guy, an entire wealth of experience and history, just great to be around, a massive, focused, hilarious drive."

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