Gay McIntyre’s ‘pure’ talent ‘lifted people out of the ordinary’: Mass told

Derry music legend Gay McIntyre has been described as a devoted family man whose “pure” talent “lifted people out of the ordinary”.

Friday, 29th October 2021, 11:40 am

Speaking at the 88-year-old’s funeral Mass at St Eugene’s Cathedral this morning, Rev. Paul Farren hailed the jazz supremo as someone who had lived a “remarkable life”.

Music, he said, was Gay McIntyre’s “greatest means of communication” and it was always “pure and beautiful”.

Rev. Farren said that, while the world of music and entertainment had “immersed” Mr McIntyre’s life, it didn’t define him.

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“He was always his own man”, he added.

This morning’s Mass was concelebrated by Revs. Paddy O’Kane and Michael McGoldrick.

A number of floral wreaths - one emblazoned with a musical note and the other in the shape of a saxophone - were placed on the steps of the altar.

The musician’s famous hat took pride of place on a small table beside his coffin.