Castlelyons village prepares for Thomas Kent funeral

Gardaí are advising people to arrive in the village of Castlelyons, Co Cork, before 1pm on Friday if they want to attend Thomas Kent’s State funeral.

They are preparing for an influx of several thousand people and will be out in force from early that day directing traffic alongside a large number of local stewards.

A garda spokesman said that the main street in Castlelyons and the area around St Nicholas Church — where Thomas Kent will be buried — will be closed off to all traffic from 1.15pm to 2pm.

This is to allow the funeral cortege to pass through. It will also go to Bawnard House, the scene of the May 2, 1916, siege which led to Thomas Kent’s execution.

Traffic restrictions will also be in place near Bawnard House which the cortege will pass on its way to the church.

The funeral cortege will travel from Cork on the M8 motorway before exiting it at the Corrin interchange, south of Fermoy.

Gardaí say that three main parking areas have been arranged for the public. They will be at the Glanbia plant, Castlelyons National School, and a field in Bridesbridge, close to the main Conna-Rathcormac Road.

A set-down area will be provided at Centra to allow people with disabilities to get out of cars.

No parking will be permitted on Main St and in the area of the Church. These restrictions are expected to be lifted at 4pm after the funeral.

The spokesman said that, if possible, people should carpool so as to maximise the use of parking spaces.

The State funeral itself will commence at St Nicholas church at 1.45pm.

It is expected that the church will not be able to accommodate more than 400 people.

An area will be set aside outside the church grounds for limited public seating in a covered stand which will feature large screens relaying the Mass.

The proceedings will be broadcast live on RTÉ 1 and it is anticipated that the ceremony will conclude at approximately 3pm, followed by the reinternment of remains at the Kent family plot located on site.

For tomorrow’s lying in State at Collins Barracks, traffic restrictions will be in place on Old Youghal Rd and crowd control barriers will be deployed at the entrance to the barracks.

Thomas Kent’s remains will arrive at the barracks at approximately 3.45pm. His relatives will arrive at around 5.30pm for a private viewing.

From 6pm-9pm the barracks and the chapel will remain open to members of the public who want to pay their respects and sign the book of condolence.

Kent’s remains will lie in State overnight and on Friday morning they will be removed for an 11am private prayer service at Cork Prison, where he was shot.

Traffic restrictions will again apply at the Old Youghal Rd, and Rathmore Rd will be closed from 11am-12.45pm.

The funeral cortege then travels via Rathmore Rd, Glen Avenue, Ballyhooly Rd, through Dillon’s Cross, St Luke’s Cross onto Summerhill North, and the Lower Glanmire Rd, past Kent Railway Station which is named after him.

It will then proceed to Dunkettle and onto the M8 motorway on its way to Castlelyons.

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