List of Irish state funerals

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State funerals in Ireland have taken place on the following occasions since 1922:

Date Recipient Office / Reason Venue Date of death
25 August 2014 Albert Reynolds Former Taoiseach Sacred Heart Church, Donnybrook, Dublin 21 August 2014
30 January 2013 Adrian Donohoe Detective Garda murdered on duty[1] Redemptorist Church, Dundalk, County Louth 25 January 2013
22 May 2011 Garret FitzGerald Former Taoiseach Sacred Heart Church, Donnybrook, Dublin 19 May 2011
16 April 2008 Patrick Hillery Former President of Ireland St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 12 April 2008
16 June 2006 Charles Haughey Former Taoiseach[2] Church of Our Lady of Consolation, Donnycarney, Dublin 13 June 2006
14 October 2001 Kevin Barry Reinterment of executed War of Independence volunteers,
collectively known as The Forgotten Ten.
St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 1920–1921
Thomas Bryan
Patrick Doyle
Frank Flood
Edmond Foley
Patrick Maher
Patrick Moran
Bernard Ryan
Thomas Traynor
Thomas Whelan
23 October 1999 Jack Lynch Former Taoiseach[3] North Cathedral, Cork 20 October 1999
23 March 1978 Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh Former President St Michael's Church, Sneem, County Kerry 21 March 1978
2 September 1975 Éamon de Valera Former Taoiseach and President St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 29 August 1975
21 November 1974 Erskine H. Childers President[4] (died in office) St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin 17 November 1974
3 October 1972 Kathleen Clarke Former Lord Mayor of Dublin St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 29 September 1972
13 May 1971 Seán Lemass Former Taoiseach[5] Church of the Good Shepherd, Churchtown, Dublin 11 May 1971
12 March 1968 Donogh O'Malley Minister for Education[6] (died in office) St John's Cathedral, Limerick 10 March 1968
29 January 1968 Sir Alfred Chester Beatty Founder of the Chester Beatty Library[7][8] St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin 19 January 1968
26 November 1966 Seán T. O'Kelly Former President[9] St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 23 November 1966
18 November 1965 W. T. Cosgrave Former President of the Executive Council[10] Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 November 1965
28 September 1965 James Fitzmaurice Aviation pioneer[11] St. Mary's Church, Haddington Road, Dublin 26 September 1965
1 March 1965 Roger Casement Reinterment of patriot and revolutionary[12] St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 3 August 1916
2 November 1963 Domhnall Ua Buachalla Former Governor-General of the Irish Free State[13] Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, Dublin 30 October 1963
13 August 1961 John Moore Reinterment of former President of the Government of the Province of Connacht[14][15] Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar, County Mayo 6 December 1799
27 March 1957 Ernie O'Malley Former Irish Republican Army officer [16] Church of the Assumption, Howth, Dublin 25 March 1957
14 July 1949 Douglas Hyde Former President[17][18] St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin 12 July 1949
30 August 1948 Paschal Robinson Papal Nuncio to Ireland[19] St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 27 August 1948
2 December 1944 Eoin O'Duffy Former Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 30 November 1944
October 1934 Patrick S. Dinneen Author of noted Irish-English dictionary[20] 29 September 1934
13 July 1927 Kevin O'Higgins Vice-President of the Executive Council (assassinated) Church of St Andrew, Westland Row, Dublin 10 July 1927
28 August 1922 Michael Collins Chairman of the Provisional Government[21] (killed in the Irish Civil War) St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 22 August 1922
16 August 1922 Arthur Griffith President of the Irish Republic[22] (died in office) St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 12 August 1922

Former Taoiseach John A. Costello did not receive a state funeral, at the request of his family.

Protocol[edit]

Lying in state is only organised for a sitting taoiseach or president.

The church service may feature a High Mass, usually attended by past and present presidents, taoisigh and senior members of the Irish judiciary.

About 300 members of the Defence Forces provide a guard of honour, a gun-carriage carries the coffin, which is draped with the tricolour, and Army Buglers play the Last Post. There is a gun-salute.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State Funeral for Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe". RTÉ News. 30 Jan 2013. 
  2. ^ "President attends Haughey removal". RTÉ News. 16 June 2006. 
  3. ^ "State Funeral of Jack Lynch takes place in Cork". RTÉ News. 23 October 1999. 
  4. ^ "A nation's final farewell to its President" (fee required). The Irish Times. 22 November 1974. p. 1. 
  5. ^ "State Funeral for Lemass" (fee required). The Irish Times. 12 May 1971. p. 1. 
  6. ^ "State Funeral for Minister". The Limerick Leader. 11 March 1968. p. 1. 
  7. ^ "State burial for Chester Beatty" (fee required). The Irish Times. 23 January 1968. p. 13. 
  8. ^ Sir Alfred Chester Beatty is the only private Irish citizen to have received a state funeral
  9. ^ "Nation mourns Sean T. O'Kelly" (fee required). The Irish Times. 28 November 1966. p. 6. 
  10. ^ "Funeral tribute to Mr. Cosgrave" (fee required). The Irish Times. 19 November 1965. p. 1. 
  11. ^ "Funeral of Irish Aviation Pioneer" (fee required). The Irish Times. 29 September 1965. p. 7. 
  12. ^ "Solemn Ritual of Casement's Funeral" (fee required). The Irish Times. 2 March 1965. p. 6. 
  13. ^ "President's tribute to former Seanascal" (fee required). The Irish Times. 4 November 1963. p. 5. 
  14. ^ Connaught Telegraph, 19 August 1961
  15. ^ "Castlebar's tribute to John Moore" (fee required). The Irish Times. 14 August 1961. p. 10. 
  16. ^ "Funerals – Mr. E. O'Malley" (fee required). The Irish Times. 28 March 1957. p. 5. 
  17. ^ In 1949, Catholics were not permitted to enter Protestant churches, so many dignitaries, including all members of the cabinet except Noël Browne, remained outside the cathedral during the religious service.
  18. ^ "Nation Mourns Dr. Hyde" (fee required). The Irish Times. 15 July 1949. p. 1. 
  19. ^ Keogh, Dermot Ireland and the Vatican p265
  20. ^ National Library Of Ireland, Newsletter Issue 21, Autumn 2005
  21. ^ "General Collins's Funeral" (fee required). The Irish Times. 29 August 1922. p. 5. 
  22. ^ "Route and Order of Procession" (fee required). The Irish Times. 16 August 1922. p. 8.