Final Farewell to Shane MacGowan as Dublin Streets Mourn the Pogues Singer

Final Farewell to Shane MacGowan as Dublin Streets Mourn the Pogues Singer

Final Farewell to Shane MacGowan: Dublin Streets Mourn the Pogues Singer

The Commemorative Procession

In a poignant gathering on the streets of Ireland, mourners assembled to bid a final farewell to Shane MacGowan, the beloved Pogues singer who passed away at 65.

To accommodate as many well-wishers as possible, the cortege, organized by local undertaker and friend Phillip Ryan, will traverse Dublin before heading to Tipperary for the cremation.

Dublin’s Tribute to an Icon

The funeral procession, featuring a horse-drawn carriage carrying MacGowan’s remains, moved through south Dublin, where he resided with his wife, Victoria.

Accompanied by the venerable Artane Band, founded in 1871, and a piper, the somber event drew fans and well-wishers to the streets.

The area around Ballsbridge, near the city center, was sealed off by the police as fans paid their respects.

Memories Shared by the Community

Local voices, including fellow musician Patrick McGuinness and café owner Joanne Moran, shared sentiments of loss and appreciation for MacGowan.

Described as a legend, poet, and son of Ireland, his impact on the community was profound.

Memories of MacGowan’s music, his influence on Irish identity, and his humble presence in Dublin resonated among mourners.

Reflecting on MacGowan’s Legacy

Mourners like Aidan Grimes and Kevin Sexton reflected on MacGowan’s transformation from a raucous musician to a great poet.

They acknowledged his role in opening doors for Irish people in England during challenging times.

The funeral brought together individuals who recognized MacGowan as an icon, not just of Dublin but of Irish culture, leaving an enduring impact.

The “SA Cup” and Currie Cup: Major Overhaul in South African Rugby

In a significant move, SA Rugby announces an overhaul of the Currie Cup, shifting the Premier and First Divisions to a new window.

This decision, influenced by feedback from stakeholders, aims to avoid clashes with European competitions.

The revamped schedule, effective from 2024, will see the Currie Cup played from July to September, offering a dedicated window in the rugby calendar.

Inclusive Approach and Broadcast Commitment

The restructuring includes a local competition named the “SA Cup” preceding the Premier and First Divisions.

This competition, set from March to June, excludes certain franchises, fostering inclusivity.

Notably, SuperSport commits to broadcasting all matches, enhancing the visibility of the Currie Cup.

CEO’s Vision for the Currie Cup

Rian Oberholzer, CEO of SA Rugby, emphasizes the necessity of adapting to the evolving rugby calendar.

The decision to provide the Currie Cup with its dedicated window is seen as crucial for planning, contracting, and overall competitiveness.

Oberholzer believes that reclaiming the Currie Cup’s prominence requires strategic changes, making it more appealing to sponsors and fans alike.

Expanding Opportunities for Teams

The revamped approach aims to make the Currie Cup more inclusive.

From 2025 onward, the top four teams from the “SA Cup” will join the four URC franchises in the Premier Division, promoting competitiveness.

This move is expected to attract sponsors at the provincial level, given the increased broadcast coverage of all matches.

Additional Changes and Considerations

The meeting also resulted in decisions regarding youth and women’s competitions.

A single-round competition for U19 teams is reintroduced, while U21s will have a double-round competition (Cup and Shield).

The U20 competition will be discontinued, and details for U19 and U21 competitions will be confirmed later.

Women’s provincial competitions will follow a structure similar to the 2023 season, with the Free State Women’s side earning promotion to the Premier Division.

In conclusion, these comprehensive changes aim to rejuvenate the Currie Cup, positioning it as a premier rugby competition in South Africa and ensuring a more vibrant and competitive rugby landscape.

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