U2's Larry Mullen lays his father to rest - with tribute from his bandmates
U2’s Larry Mullen laid to rest his beloved father this morning – with his bandmates sending a touching tribute.
Larry (53) paid an emotional tribute to his late father Larry Snr, who passed away after a short illness at the age of 92 in Dublin’s Bon Secours Hospital on Sunday night.
The drummer was one of the pallbearers – as it appears was Larry’s son Aaron (19), who was the mystery shirtless cover star who appeared alongside him on U2’s latest album ‘Innocence + Experience’.
Larry’s other two children, Ava (17) and Ezra (13) and his wife Anne Acheson, were also in attendance.
His three bandmates – who are currently rehearsing in Canada for the opening of their world tour in Vancouver tomorrow night – sent a wreath of flowers with the message ‘From your band of brothers – Bono, Edge and Adam.
Earlier today, Larry snr’s remains were walked from his home on Rosemount Avenue in Artane the short distance to Our Lady of Mercy Church, with Larry Jnr carrying the coffin with other family members.
"Nice one on the timing dad," Larry smiled from the altar as he described how his father had been sick only for a short time but was a man who was "truly ready to go".
“He wasn’t sick very long, however he received bad news on Friday. He decided to exit his mortal coil on Sunday,” Larry explained.
"I had an opportunity to speak to him on Saturday and he was overwhelmed by the care, love and support shown to him.”
He said his father had spent his adolescence in a seminary before leaving in the 12th month of his final year at the age of 21, followed by 10 years of wanderlust trying to readjust.
“Then meeting my mother, who was herself orphaned, and by all accounts complicated,” said Larry.
“They had three children quickly in their marriage. They lost their youngest daughter Mary at nine, followed four or five years later by the death of his wife, devastating the life of Larry,” he added.
“To my dad, I just want to acknowledge that there are no regrets between us. I love you, and you know that. No regrets.”
Today was also the monthly poetry day in the church, an event that Larry Snr regularly participated in.
Before the funeral mass the mourners were told that the event was cancelled as a mark of respect.
Larry Jnr’s sister Cecelia also spoke at the mass, saying her father was a private man, but a family man.
“This has come as a huge shock to our family,” she said, adding that he was an extraordinary man.
Larry is expected to fly out to Canada overnight on a private jet to hook up with the rest of U2 for the opening night of their world tour.