HUNDREDS gathered to pay tribute to a giant of Liverpool's Irish music scene.
Friends said Sean McNamara, 84, a founder member of the Liverpool Ceili Band and the city's branch of Irish music and dance association Comhaltas, would be sadly missed on Merseyside and across the world.
Visitors from as far afield as Boston, Massachusetts paid their respects to the fiddle player at his funeral at Bishop Eton church in Childwall on Dec 31.
Chair of Comhaltas Liverpool Neil Doolin, a friend since the late 1980s, said: "There were about 300 people there and they came from all over the region, as well as from Ireland and the USA.
"Some of the greatest musicians in the history of Irish music have come from Merseyside, and Sean McNamara is certainly among them."