Thursday, 21 April 2016

The Funeral of Austin Stack in 1929, Muddy Paws, Church Street

Lovely photo of a robin n a holly bush by Chris Grayson


The Funeral of Austin Stack in 1929

Kerryman, Saturday, 04 May, 1929; Page: 5

.From the conclusion of the Mass until 2 p.m. a continuous stream of people filed past the coffin which was draped with the tricolour and surmounted with the deceased’s I.R.A. cap and belt. Beautiful wreaths, glass and natural, in great profusion surrounded the remains and a Guard of Honour of Dublin Volunteers was mounted. Large crowds assembled in the vicinity of the Church prior to the funeral.
A section of old Kerry Volunteers relieved the Dublin Guard of Honour and bore the coffin on their shoulders from the Church to the waiting hearse. The funeral procession was marshalled in the following order: Advance Guard, Hearse with Body Guard of Kerrymen, two large lorries laden with wreaths, the chief mourners, clergy, carriages, Republican leaders and members of the Sinn Fein Executive, Oglaigh na h-Eireann, Cumann na mBan, Fianna Eireann, Clan na nGaedheal, Republican Girl Guides, Kerry Contingent, Public Bodies and the General Public.
The Kerry contingent, who travelled to Dublin by special train, reinforced by natives of the county resident in Dublin, made a solid and  striking phalanx in the centre of the funeral procession. As the cortege moved along Berkeley Road, Blessington Street, Dorset Street, Chapel Street, Parliament St., Dame St., and through O’Connell Street to Glasnevin crowds lined the streets and paid respectful tribute to the remains of the dead leader as they were borne past. Along the route all traffic  was suspended. Through O’Connell  St., and again on the approach to the graveyard the vast procession moved at the slow march to the music of the Dublin Workingmen’s Band. It was close on 4 o’clock when the funeral reached the Cemetery.
At Glasnevin the remains _were carried into the Mortuary Chapel by relatives and from thence-to the place of burial by relays of  Republican Deputies. The Kerry Contingent were allotted a reserved space near the graveside. A huge concourse  of people were present in deep and reverent silence while the Rev Fr. F. Fitzgibbon, C C, assisted by Very. Rev John Canon Breen, S.T.L., P.P., Castlegregory; Rev R. F. O’Reilly, CC. Tuosist; Rev Charles Troy; Rev John Power, O.P., Tallaght; Rev T. 0 Donoghue, do.; Rev Dr. P. Browne, Maynooth; Very Rev P. P. McKenna, Drogheda; Rev W. Lillis, Castledermott; Rev A Sharkey, Sligo; Rev D. Cahlll, Belfast, officiated. When the grave was closed a huge mound of wreaths and floral tributes were placed upon it. Mr. J. J. O’Kelly (Sceilg), President of Sinn Fein, recited a decade of the Rosary in Irish while all present knelt and responded fervently.  Mr. Brian O’Higgins; having spoken in Irish, said: One more soldier of the Republic has fallen by the wayside.
Another new Business on Courthouse Road

This premises which used to house a business for beautifying humans is now a business for beautifying dogs. Muddy Paws is a beauty parlor for our canine friends.


Jimmy Deenihan's presence in town is no More

This used to be Jimmy Deenihan's very busy constituency office. It is closed since the day after General Election 2016 when Jimmy lost his seat.

 Ironically, the last poster on the window advertised a concert in the INEC on the day after the election, the day of the count when Jimmy was rejected by the Kerry electorate. I don't think anyone in the office felt like singing.


Church Street streetscape April 2016

Old Photo of a Kerry Couple

A tender moment is caught in this  candid photograph of an old couple, somewhere in Kerry.


An Post New Van

My postman, Paul O'Sullivan arrived today in a spanking new van.


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