Nation Mourns Roger Casement - Irish Independent 01.03.1965

Roger Casement Honoured

Today in History one of Ireland greatest figures Roger CASEMENT  was finally mourned. Read the below extract from the Irish Independent 01.03.1965.

THOUSANDS  lined the route from Arbour Hill Church to the Pro - Cathedral, Dublin, yesterday, as the remains of Roger Casement , the man who 48 years ago died a lonely death for his love of Ireland, were carried in a solemn procession.

Today's final ceremonies

Sir Roger Casement Irish Independent 01 March 1965 Roger Casement Honoured

TODAY'S ceremonies : 11 a.m., Pro-Cathedral, Religious ceremonies begin, Noon — Cortege leaves Pro-Cathedral. 1 p.m.—Cortege arrives at Glasnevin. Route — Marlboro' St., Eden Quay, O'Connell St., Parnell Sq., North Frederick St., Berkeley Rd, Doyle's Corner, Cross Guns Bridge, Glasnevin. The cortege will halt at the G.P.O. while a guard of honour renders military honours.

There was just a hint of spring in the air when six Army N.C.O.s carried the lead and wooden coffin, draped in the Tricolour, from, its lying-in-state at the church to the waiting gun carriage.

Then, slowly and deliberately, the long cortege wound its . way down the quays and across the centre of the city as crowds, at times 10 deep on the footpaths, said a silent prayer or made the Sign of the Cross

President de Valera led the nation in its tribute. His was the first car behind the gun carriage carrying the coffin. The President was following by the Taoiseach, Mr. Lemass, and the Tanaiste,

Mr. MacEntee, who travelled in the same car. Then came other members of the Government; Mr . W. T. Cosgrave. former president of the Executive Council; the Deputy Lord Mayor, Aid E. Timmons, T.D., and members of the Corporation in their robes of office. ' They joined the cortege at Dublin Castle and were followed by a large contingent of Old I.R.A. from all the Dublin and many provincial Brigades . Just before four p.m. the first troops of the Battalion escort, passed College Green and changed to slow march with arms reversed. Officers leading the Western, Southern and Curragh commands reversed their black-banded swords and the troops reversed their white-banded rifles.

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