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Funeral cortège of Gay Byrne to pass through Howth Village en route to Pro Cathedral

The funeral will begin at noon at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, and will be broadcast on RTÉ.

The funeral of Gay Byrne will take place in Dublin today.
The funeral of Gay Byrne will take place in Dublin today.
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LARGE CROWDS ARE expected to attend the funeral of Gay Byrne in Dublin today. 

The funeral, which will be aired live on RTÉ One, will take place in St Mary’s Pro Cathedral. 

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar are expected to be in attendance. 

Across the country, people have been mourning the death and celebrating the life of the legendary RTÉ broadcaster, whose death was announced on Monday. 

The funeral will take place from 12pm today, with coverage on RTÉ beginning at 11.30am. 

The funeral Mass will be led by Fr Leonard Maloney SJ, while Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will lead the prayers of final commendation. 

Fr Kieran McDermott, the administrator of St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, will receive the remains into the cathedral. 

The service is expected to draw a large crowd of family, friends and colleagues from across Byrne’s decades-long career, with entrance to the cathedral to be managed by the Gardaí. 

In advance of the ceremony, the funeral cortège is set to pass through Howth Village at around 11am en route to the city, allowing locals to pay their respects. The Byrne family lived near the north Dublin village for many years. 

The cortège will then travel along the coast road and into the city via the North Strand. 

Music at the funeral will led by the Palestrina choir, the resident choir of the pro cathedral. 

On Tuesday, a special live edition of the Late Late Show was broadcast on RTÉ One, which saw everyone from Bono and Bob Geldof to Joe Duffy and Andrea Corr pay tribute to the late broadcaster.

Bryan Dobson is set to helm RTÉ One’s coverage of the funeral today, with commentary by Mary Kennedy and John Bowman. It will also be streamed on the RTÉ Player

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