Enda Kenny to deliver oration at Thomas Kent state funeral

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will deliver a graveside oration at the state funeral of Thomas Kent in the Co Cork village of Castlelyons on Friday.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the ceremony, with gardaí confirming the main street in Castlelyons and the area around St Nicholas Church — where Thomas Kent will be buried — will be closed to traffic from 1.15pm.

The funeral cortege will pass through the town on its way to Bawnard House, the scene of the May 2, 1916, siege which led to Thomas Kent’s execution. Restrictions will also be in place near Bawnard House.

Enda Kenny to deliver oration at Thomas Kent state funeral

Enda Kenny

Gerry White, a military historian and member of the Defence Forces, will deliver the eulogy.

It’s 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 area 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 re-interment of remains at the Kent family plot located on site.

Enda Kenny to deliver oration at Thomas Kent state funeral

Thomas Kent

The re-interment will feature the key elements of a state funeral including a military firing party rendering honours, the Last Post, the Reveille, and the national anthem.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will deliver a graveside oration. President Michael D Higgins will also be present, as will Tánaiste Joan Burton, a number of TDs, MEPs, members of the Council of State, representatives from the Diplomatic Corps, the Garda Commissioner and senior Defence Forces personnel.

The Mass will be celebrated by the Bishop of Cloyne, Most Reverend William Crean, together with the Castlelyons PP Fr Gerard Coleman, Fr Gerry O’Neill from Collins Barracks and Fr Michael Kidney from Cork Prison.

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