Mourning the "Long Fella"

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The faithful queue to pay their respects at the lying in state of Eamonn deValera, former President, Taoiseach, revolutionary and one of the most controversial leaders in Ireland's history. The scene is the Upper Castle Yard in Dublin Castle and it was captured by Michael S. Walker just for the National Photographic Archive!

Photographers: Michael S. Walker

Collection: Michael S. Walker Photographic Collection

Date: 31st August 1975


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    • 24/Jul/2019 08:05:29

    The is always amazing! In 1966, nine years earlier -

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    • 24/Jul/2019 08:10:42

    There's a Movietone report on Youtube of the lying in state and funeral.

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    O Mac

    • 24/Jul/2019 10:32:32

    Yea!! ., and he had to die during summer holidays so no days off school. patriot? huh!!

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    • 24/Jul/2019 10:40:06

    His death in August also caused problems for his old school, who had been asked to provide an honour guard at Linden convalescent home for his removal. My brother and I were drafted in as we lived locally. It was interesting to see the Fianna Fáil shadow cabinet walk up the drive, especially CJ Haughey and David Andrews walking side-by-side, a metre apart in height and even more in politics!

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    • 24/Jul/2019 16:10:26

    I remember it well, I was at the races the day after he passed. The announcer asked everyone to stand and observe a one minute silence in his honour. One man in his late 60's or early 70's refused to stand and was loud and not very complimentary in what he had to say. Another man of similar age took great umbrage and the two started to fight. The fight did not last long and no serious injuries were sustained. It did make me think about how deeply these men held their views and beliefs.

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    • 24/Jul/2019 19:05:18

    Buenas fotos antiguas .