Barry Mohan: Hundreds line the streets of Aughnacloy for funeral of All Folk’d Up musician

Hundreds of mourners lined the streets of Aughnacloy for the funeral of folk musician Barry Mohan on Friday.

The 28-year-old died in the early hours of Monday after a road accident involving a truck in Co Armagh.

Mr Mohan, father of one, was a well-known singer and guitarist for the band All Folk’d Up. His brother Pauric is the lead singer.

Members of the band, fans, musicians and Mr Mohan’s family and friends walked alongside the hearse carrying the coffin being carried by a lone bagpiper to St Mary’s Church in the town of Co Tyrone.

Many of the mourners wore clothing with the All Folk’d Up logo, with a hoodie that read, “Eat, Sleep, Get Folk’d, Repeat.”

Students from the local elementary school performed a guard of honor while a flower arrangement that read ‘Brother’ was displayed.

Mr Mohan’s father Declan, who was also a well-known traditional musician, died on 2 May 2007 after a similar road accident.

The 42-year-old’s van collided with a car on Carnteel Road, not far from his home in Aughnacloy.

Around 20 years ago, his parents were involved in another serious traffic accident in which they were hospitalized after a tree fell on their vehicle.

Sinn Fein MP Michelle Gildernew, who is a close friend of the Mohan family, said: “For Declan to survive that first accident and then later die is just so tragic.

“This is deeply personal, we’ve known generations of the Mohans all our lives. You are the best people in the world. They taught music to my children, and Marina [Barry’s mother] and Declan gave their two boys a great love of music.”

Speaking to Northern Sound radio station, Monaghan City Councilman Brian McKenna said his thoughts are with the Mohan family.

“It’s an absolute tragedy. What Barry’s mother is trying to cope with at this moment is just unbearable to think about she lost her husband in a traffic accident and now Barry who was a great boy and a great musician,” he said.

“It’s just so sad. My prayers and condolences are definitely with the family at this very sad time.”

Mr Mohan’s remains were returned to his family’s home on Wednesday evening.

According to an obituary, he died “suddenly as a result of an accident”.

It added: “Beloved son of the late Declan RIP and Marina, dear brother to Pauric and devoted father to Céala Rose. Barry will be greatly missed by his closest friends and family of musicians around the world.”

All Folk’d Up were due to play four shows in England this week which have since been cancelled.

The internationally renowned band, who have played residencies at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Casino and the Cheltenham Festival, said they were “shocked and saddened” to hear of their boyfriend’s death.

Stars from across the Irish music scene have also paid tribute.

Nathan Carter said Mr Mohan left “way too young”, while Marty Mone added: “Condolences to the entire family and band members. RIP Barry.” Barry Mohan: Hundreds line the streets of Aughnacloy for funeral of All Folk’d Up musician

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