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    IRELAND'S LONELY PATRIOT, SIR ROGER CASEMENT, HAS BEEN BURIED IN A HERO'S GRAVE. THOUSANDS OF?

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    IRELAND'S LONELY PATRIOT, SIR ROGER CASEMENT, HAS BEEN BURIED IN A HERO'S GRAVE. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LINED THE DUBLIN STREETS IN FALLING SNOW TODAY (MONDAY) AS HIS COFFIN, DRAPED WITH THE IRISH FLAG, WAS BORNE ON A GUN-CARRIAGE TO GLASNEVIN CEMETERY.

    JUST TWO FAMILY MOURNERS ATTENDED THE FUNERAL - SIR ROGER CASEMENT'S NIECES, MRS. NINA AYRES AND MRS. KATHLEEN VAUGHAN, BOTH OF MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. THEY JOINED STATE REPRESENTATIVES, HEADED BY PRESIDENT EAMON DE VALERA, AT THE SOLEMN REQUIEM MASS IN DUBLIN'S CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL.

    OUTSIDE, PEOPLE LINED THE PAVEMENTS TEN DEEP TO HONOUR SIR ROGER CASEMENT AS HIS COFFIN WAS CARRIED OUT AND PLACED ON THE GUN-CARRIAGE FOR THE SLOW THREE-MILE (FIVE KILOMETRE) JOURNEY THROUGH THE CAPITAL.

    MEN CLIMBED THE STONEWORK OF THE NELSON PILLAR, THE MONUMENT IN O'CONNELL STREET TO THE BRITISH ADMIRAL. WOMEN PEERED THROUGH WINDOWS AND FATHERS HOISTED THEIR CHILDREN ON THEIR SHOULDERS TO WATCH THE CORTEGE OF A THOUSAND TROOPS TRAMP THROUGH THE ALMOST SILENT STREETS.

    THERE WAS A BRIEF HALT OUTSIDE THE POST OFFICE IN O'CONNELL STREET, WHERE REBELS PROCLAIMED THE IRISH REPUBLIC IN 1916, THEN THE GUN-CARRIAGE MOVED ON TO THE CEMETERY.

    PRESIDENT DE VALERA, THE LAST SURVIVING OFFICER OF THOSE 1916 DAYS, SAID IN A GRAVESIDE ORATION THAT THE TOMB WOULD BECOME THE CENTRE OF A PILGRIMAGE. CASEMENT'S CHIEF WISH HAD BEEN THAT HIS BODY SHOULD BE BROUGHT BACK TO HIS MOTHERLAND, HE SAID, ADDING: "WE ARE GLAD THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAVE AT LAST BEEN WISE ENOUGH TO SEE THAT THIS REQUEST SHOULD BE MET."
    A SALUTE WAS FIRED BY IRELAND'S MODERN ARMY AS THE COFFIN WAS LAID TO REST AMONG THE HEROES OF THE EASTER UPRISING.

    CASEMENT WAS KNIGHTED FOR HIS SERVICE TO HUMANITY IN AFRICA AND IN LONDON GAOL IN 1916. HE WAS ARRESTED ON THE WEST COAST OF IRELAND AFTER ARRIVING IN A GERMAN SUBMARINE TO JOIN THE 1916 IRISH UPRISING AGAINST THE BRITISH.

    (THE BRITISH LABOUR GOVERNMENT'S RETURN OF CASEMENT'S REMAINS, BURIED NEARLY 50 YEARS IN AN ANONYMOUS LIMEPIT IN PENTONVILLE BASE, HAS FURTHER SOFTENED THE OLD ENMITY BETWEEN IRELAND AND ITS FORMER RULER.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVABE1WBOJQWRH5QRIMLU928L3DX
    Media URN:
    VLVABE1WBOJQWRH5QRIMLU928L3DX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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