Funeral honors extraordinary life of ‘natural born entertainer’ Stephen Clinch

Stephen Clinch A “born entertainer” who lived an extraordinary life, heard his funeral today.

The love/hate star’s funeral mass took place this morning as the congregation gathered at the Church of the Immaculate Conception Darndale Wearing a Celtics jersey.

“Clinch” is remembered for his innate intelligence and willingness to jump on any stage, as well as his life-changing efforts after serving his sentence.

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The actor, who played “Noely” on the love/hate series, mentioned his feud with “Fran” in a vivid eulogy.

Family and friends explained that the 52-year-old died suddenly of a heart attack and stressed they wanted him to be remembered for his youth work in the community. He has warned many young people of the dangers of addiction.

Stephen is remembered for his deep love for his partner Karen and children Shauna, Stephen and Ellen.

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” pool cues were played as his coffin was brought to church, and one of the gifts was brought to the altar, referring to the unforgettable love/hate scene.

His cousin Michelle Edwards told Dublin Live that the actor’s death was a complete shock.

Michelle Edwards, cousin of Stephen Clinch
Michelle Edwards, cousin of Stephen Clinch

She said: “I had a lot of fun with my cousin Clinch and had a lot of time at my mum’s house.

“He used to come to our house parties and he would chat with all our neighbors. He would stand up and sing to us. It took me days to recover from death.”

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Love/hate actor John Connors paid tribute to the artistic talent of the Dubliner, who never trained.

He warned that some “darker” stories could force him to plead guilty after the fact.

Flowers on Stephen Clinch's coffin pay tribute to his love for Celtics
Flowers on Stephen Clinch’s coffin pay tribute to his love for Celtics

He said: “This is a guy who can write, sing, play drums and guitar. He’s a talented actor who hasn’t acted for a day in his life. He’s real.

“When I saw the snooker cues in there – I had to laugh. The snooker cues were used by Clinch against the love/hate Fran and let’s just say he really enjoyed doing it .

“I remember one time I asked him to do a stand-up show at Ballymun. Clinch could do anything. He didn’t care. He would stand up on any stage.

“There’s an eight-week schedule or two hours a week because stand-up comedy is an art. You have to do what you’re doing. Clinch showed up the first week, did it for two hours, and then never again did not appear.

Stephen Clinch's coffin is carried into the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Darndale
Stephen Clinch’s coffin is carried into the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Darndale

“Nine weeks later he showed up at the Ballymun Axis Theatre and did a five-minute show without finishing the course. He came on stage and played for 35 minutes. We had to drag him off the stage.”

“We did ‘Stars on the Rise’ for charity. He chose Mick Jagger’s ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’. He was on stage in Karen’s bodysuit. He was a lunatic. He did everything Mick Jagger “He didn’t realize the song was eight minutes long, and he was sweating halfway through the song. By the end, we almost had to call an ambulance for him. ”

Stephen’s son Alan paid tribute to his father’s sense of humor and thanked everyone for supporting his family.

He said: “When I first got to know him correctly, it was over the phone and I called him one day. There was a murder behind the house. He asked what vegetables made you cry, I said onions. He asked if I had any I have eaten carrots.

“He’s like that. All I can say is he’s going to be missed, really, really. Thank you all for coming.”

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