Supporters bid ‘Boss’ farewell

ADMIRERS and supporters of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey remembered his years of service for the country yesterday.

Books of condolence were opened at Government Buildings, Dublin Castle, the Mansion House and city halls in Dublin and Cork, with many simple messages reading ‘Rest in Peace’ and ‘Thank you’.

Scores of people arrived at the Mansion House after Dublin’s Lord Mayor Catherine Byrne opened the book with a note offering her thoughts and prayers to the Haughey family.

People from as far afield as Kerry, Roscommon and Antrim signed their names.

Patrick Doherty, from Mr Haughey’s old North Dublin constituency, signed the book at the Mansion House.

“Thirty-five years of long service and he was ‘The Boss’. He was the father of all of them,” he said.

Mr Haughey’s remains will be brought to Our Lady of Consolation mortuary chapel this morning where he will lie in state, with members of the public able to file past the open coffin throughout the day.

The body will be moved into the main section of the church in the evening where the public can pay their respects until midnight.

The State funeral will take place at noon on Friday with a large section of the church reserved for dignitaries, although Fr Peter Finnerty, parish priest of Our Lady of Consolation, insisted parishioners are welcome to attend.

Mr Ahern, who will deliver the graveside oration at St Fintan’s Cemetery in Sutton, will miss a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels to attend the funeral. President Mary McAleese has cut short a visit to southern Africa to be there.

Among those to sign books of condolence were Fianna Fáil TDs, civil servants and diplomats and members of the public.

Brid Myers from Athy, who met the former Taoiseach once, signed the book at the Mansion House and recalled his appeal.

“He was charming. I think all the women loved Charlie,” she said.

“I’m disappointed in the revelations after the fact of course, but on a day like today it is all fond memories, condolences and sympathies to his family, and I would hope that he would be remembered for the good things that he did.”

Declan Doran, from Ballyfermot, chauffeur for Mr Haughey’s son Sean when he was Lord Mayor, praised the former leader’s character. “He was a very nice man, very human, approachable and no matter where he met you, once he did, he would always remember,” Mr Doran said.

The final journey of CJ Haughey

TODAY

* 11am: Mr Haughey’s body will be removed from Abbeville to the mortuary chapel in the Church of Our Lady Consolation in Donnycarney for private removal.

* 11.30am: Public will get chance to file past the open coffin and pay their respects until 4pm. Cameras will not be allowed.

* 4.05pm: Congregation will begin to arrive. Immediate family arrive and proceed to mortuary chapel.

* 4.40pm: Arrival of the Taoiseach and Aide-de-Camp (ADC).Arrival of the Lord Mayor of Dublin and ADC.

* 4.45pm: Arrival of the President and Dr McAleese and ADC. Escorted by chaplain to mortuary chapel side door to meet immediate Haughey family.

* 4.50pm: President and Dr McAleese to beescorted back to front door.

* 4.55pm: Mr Haughey will be brought from the mortuary chapel to the main church entrance, accompanied by immediate family.

* 5pm: Mr Haughey to be received at the front door, service to commence.

* At the end of the service the Haughey family will remain in their seats to receive condolences.

TOMORROW

* 10.30am: Seating of congregation in church to 11.30am.

* 11.45am: Taoiseach to arrive with ADC.

* 11.48am: Lord Mayor to arrive with ADC.

* 11.50am: Members of immediate family to arrive.

* 11.55am: President, Dr McAleese and ADC to arrive.

* 12 noon: Solemn Requiem Mass commences.

* 1.30pm: Service concludes. Lead by the officiating clergy, Mr Haughey to be removed from church.

* The coffin is to be followed by: the President and Dr McAleese; immediate family; the Lord Mayor of Dublin and ADC; the Taoiseach and ADC; and the Tánaiste.

* The coffin will then be placed in the hearse with accompanying military ceremony. The hearse will take up position behind the marching military escort.

* 2pm: The cortege will move off.

* 2.25pm: The cortege is due to arrive at Artane Roundabout. Marching military element to fall out.

* 2.30pm: After a short pause cortege will continue to St Fintan’s Cemetery.

* 3pm: On arrival at St Fintan’s Cemetery, the coffin will be borne to the graveside and placed beside grave.

There will be a pause as people from the cortege take position.

The National Flag will be removed from the coffin and presented to Ms Haughey.

The Bearer Party will withdraw.

The coffin will be placed in the grave.

The grave will be covered with a green covering, on which four wreaths are place.

Fr Eóghan Haughey will commence prayers.

Fr Eóghan to call on the Taoiseach to give the oration.

The Taoiseach to deliver his oration.

* After the oration, military honours to be rendered:

A firing party from the Naval Service will fire three volleys over the grave. On completion, the Last Post will be played by three buglers and three drummers.

Reveille will then be sounded.

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