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Phil Chevron --- Pogue, Radiator from Space, to be laid to rest today

The singer-songwriter — who composed the folk-rock group’s emmigrant anthem ‘Thousands are Sailing’ — will be honoured today at a service in Dublin’s Mansion House.

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MANY OF HIS former bandmates from the Pogues and the Radiators from Space are expected to attend a memorial service today in honour of Phil Chevron, who died this week after a long battle with cancer.

The singer-songwriter, who founded the influential Dublin punk band before joining the Pogues as guitarist in 1984, will be buried in Dardistown Cemetery in Santry after a humanist ceremony in the Mansion House on Dawson Street at 11am.

The musician passed away on Tuesday at St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown. Chevron was initially treated for cancer in 2007 and was given a clean bill of health, but he confirmed earlier this year that it had returned, and was terminal.

Irish musicians and writers – including Roddy Doyle and Chevron’s Pogues bandmate Shane MacGowan – took part in a special gig to honour him at the Olympia Theatre earlier this year.

The Pogues have set up an area for fans to pay tribute and share memories on their website, and posted this message following confirmation of their bandmate’s death:


[Image: Pogues.com]

Many fans posted links to Chevron’s most famous song on Twitter in wake of the news, while, in the newspaper’s obituary section, The Guardian described Chevron as simply the “great Irish songwriter who found worldwide recognition with the evocative ‘Thousands Are Sailing’”.

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