• Short Summary

    Eamon De Valera, the former Irish Republic Prime Minister and later President, was buried with full State ceremony in Dublin on Tuesday, 2 September.

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    Eamon De Valera, the former Irish Republic Prime Minister and later President, was buried with full State ceremony in Dublin on Tuesday, 2 September.

    He died of bronchial pneumonia and heart failure at a nursing home near Dublin four days before.

    More than 100,000 people had filed past his coffin as he lay in state during the weekend at Dublin castle, once the symbol of British government, and now the headquarters of the Irish Government.

    The 80-minute funeral service, in Irish and Latin, was held at the Dublin pro-cathedral (temporary seat of the bishops until another is built).

    Representatives of more than twenty governments -- including West German Head of State, Alfred Kubel, French Justice Minister Jean Lecaunet, and deputy British Prime Minister Edward Short -- attended the ceremony.

    A battalion of Irish troops marched with reversed rifles ahead of the casket, which was draped in the national flag of green, white and orange.

    An artillery battery fired a 21-gun salute and army buglers played the last post as De Valera was lowered into the family grave beside his wife, Sinead, who died last January, and son Brian, killed in a horse riding accident 40 years ago.

    De Valera is survived by four sons, two daughters and 18 grand-children.

    Frail, and nearly blind, De Valera retired as head of State two years ago after serving two consecutive terms as President. Previously he had been Prime Minister for 21 years.

    His career spanned 60 turbulent years, in which he emerged from the ranks of the Republican guerrilla army, fighting against British rule to become leader of southern Ireland.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABQQWSNGDKZT3UAAPX2XAPVN6C
    Media URN:
    VLVABQQWSNGDKZT3UAAPX2XAPVN6C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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