Thousands attend Gately funeral

Monday 19 October 2009 12.28
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Stephen Gately - Thousands attend funeral mass
Stephen Gately - Thousands attend funeral mass
Tributes - Stephen Gately
Tributes - Stephen Gately
Stephen Gately - Thousands attend funeral
Stephen Gately - Thousands attend funeral
Stephen Gately - Funeral
Stephen Gately - Funeral

The funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately has taken place.

About 3,500 mourners lined the streets where Mr Gately was raised in a send-off to the late Boyzone star.

The four remaining members of the band sang and spoke at the service which fans listened to through speakers.

Mr Gately died last week in Majorca from natural causes.

The 33-year-old's body arrived home yesterday and was taken to St Laurence O'Toole Church yesterday evening for a private prayer service.

The singer's coffin was taken to Glasnevin crematorium for a private cremation, attended only by family and friends.

Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy spent the night at the church with the West End star who they call their brother.

The Boyzone members sang during the funeral Mass.

During his eulogy, Mr Keating said Mr Gately was now at peace.

Members of Westlife, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John's partner David Furnish and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern attended the service, which was relayed on loudspeakers outside.

Mr Gately's grief-stricken bandmates last night carried his coffin into Mr Gately's family home in the north inner city.

His parents Margaret and Martin, brothers Mark, Alan and Tony and devoted sister Michelle, his partner Andrew Cowles and Louis Walsh supported each other during a short private prayer vigil at the chapel.

Hundreds of residents, all with their own special memory of the pop star, lined the streets during his emotional homecoming.

450 invited guests attended a function the Four Seasons Hotel, Ballsbridge.