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Thousands line the streets of Dublin for funerals of our hero Volunteers

Ten freedom fighters were given a final salute by the people of Ireland yesterday - 80 years after their executions.

More than 30,000 lined the streets of Dublin in the rain to honour the War of Independence heroes. The remains, above, of Kevin Barry and his comrades were taken from their dismal graves In Mountjoy Jail for a Christian burial in Glasnevin cemetery. The cortege of hearses carrying the tricolour-draped coffins paused outside the GPO before funeral mass In the Pro-Cathedral.

President Mary McAleese and hundreds of Church and political leaders gathered for the biggest ever state funeral.

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern paid tribute to the young men at their, graveside, telling mourners they had seen freedom before they died. He added: "Their sacrifice is not forgotten by the people of Ireland and it never will be." But he warned that their proud memory should never be tarnished by "terrible deeds or the actions of tiny minorities".

Cardinal Cahal Daly said during the mass that a united Ireland was a "legitimate and noble ideal."


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Source: The Irish Mirror, Monday October 15th, 2001