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'Supreme Queen' Imelda May's mother Madge hailed as 'Queen of the Liberties' at her funeral

Madge Clabby passed away in her sleep on Wednesday at the age of 94.

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Imelda May with mother Madge Clabby

Imelda May with mother Madge Clabby

Imelda May with mother Madge Clabby

The funeral for Imelda May’s mother, who the Dublin singer has hailed “Queen of the Liberties,” was held earlier today.

Madge Clabby passed away in her sleep on Wednesday at the age of 94 with her husband Tony by her side.

Madge, dubbed “the matriach” and “our supreme queen” by musician daughter Imelda, was laid to rest on Monday in Esker Cemetery, Lucan after a funeral mass in St. Catherine’s Church, Meath Street.

During the ceremony, family members brought items to the altar symbolising Madge’s life including a pair of scissors to represent her work as a seamstress, an Irish flag, a photo of The Liberties Music and Drama Group, and a teapot, which represented her welcoming “everyone into the community.”

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Madge Clabby's funeral

Madge Clabby's funeral

Madge Clabby's funeral

In his sermon, Father Niall Coghlan described Made as a “leader” who was “involved in every aspect” of life in the Liberties.

“Her faith meant the world to her. It informed her life and how she treated others. She was fair-minded, accepted difference, showed tremendous compassion – particularly to those who had nothing and fought to make them a little bit better.”

Her son Brendan spoke about his mother’s love for her local community.

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He said: “This was Mam’s parish and there was absolutely no doubt whatsoever about that. It was her Liberties. It was the only place she ever wanted to be.

“My mother and father are loyal, trustworthy, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, careful, thrifty, brave, pure, and are God’s glory and mind.”

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Imelda May at her mother's funeral

Imelda May at her mother's funeral

Imelda May at her mother's funeral

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Musician and poet Imelda paid tribute to her beloved mother by singing songs such as Hallelujah and Amazing Grace throughout the Mass, before requesting that the crowd give “the Queen of the Liberties” a “round of applause” as her coffin was carried out of the church.

She closed the service with a rendition of Irish folk song A Mother’s Love is a Blessing.

“This might seem miserable but she taught us this and we used to sing it a lot. Thanks, Mammy,” Imelda said before she paid tribute to Madge.

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