• Short Summary

    The authorities in Dublin threw an unprecedented security screen around the city's St. Patrick's Cathedral,?

  • Description

    1.
    GV INT Coffin and mourners in St. Patrick's Cathedral
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    2.
    CU Lady mourner
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    3.
    CU Cross on altar
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    4.
    GV&CU Coffin in front of cross on altar(2 shots)
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    5.
    GV&SV Mourners lining funeral route
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    6.
    STV Coffin carried out of cathedral
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    7.
    STV INT Heath, Mountbatten and Wilson among mourners walking down isle
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    8.
    TV Coffin on to carriage
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    9.
    GV Funeral procession through streets.
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    Mr. Childers was President for only eighteen months, but Ireland's increased influence was perhaps shown in the fact that six foreign heads of state and Government were in St. Patrick's together with leading figures in Irish life and the late President's family.



    "The Anglican Archbishop of Dublin, who gave the address, described him as a man totally committed to peace. If Mr. Childers couldn't quench violence in Ireland, he said, he made no terms with them.



    "The sudden death of Mr. Childers has moved people in the Republic considerably, and altogether nearly one hundred thousand of them have paid their last respects to him since Monday.



    "Security was, inevitably, intense, particularly around the British party. But amid all the precautions, there were no incidents, and Mr. Wilson and Mr. Heath both received a friendly reception. "Mr. Childers, the fourth President of Ireland, is the only one to have died in office.



    "Once the solemnities of the official funeral service were over, the coffin was taken through the streets of Dublin, to a private family burial service at a little village church in Country Whicklow, to the south of the city."




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    This film is serviced with a commentary by BBC reporter John Simpson which can be used verbatim. A transcription is provided overleaf.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The authorities in Dublin threw an unprecedented security screen around the city's St. Patrick's Cathedral, for the funeral of the Irish Republic's late President, Mr. Erskine Childers on Thursday(21 November).

    Mr. Childers died on Sunday (17 November) of a heart attack at the age of 68. He had held office for only 18 months. The man he had succeeded, 92 year-old, Mr. Eamon De Valera, survived him to attend his funeral.

    The police and security forces at the funeral kept a special watch on the British Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Wilson, and the leader of the Conservative Opposition, Mr. Edward Heath.

    Both men were regarded a prime targets for assassination, following recent threats by the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

    Mr. Childers was the fourth President of the Republic, and he was a protestant - the Head of State of a mainly Catholic country. When he took office it was believed this might go some way towards easing the friction between the Republic and the Protestant-dominated North.

    Among other European dignitaries at Thursday's funeral, were King Baudouin of the Belgians, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Prime Minister Jacques Chirac of France. Lord Mountbatten of burma, uncle to Queen Elizabeth II represented the British monarch.

    SYNOPSIS: The Irish Republic's President, Mr. Erskine Childers, who died of a heart attack on Sunday, was buried in Dublin on Thursday.

    This report from John Simpson of the BBC:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5HSBUMK9O9KOVFD1YFRGU5Y41
    Media URN:
    VLVA5HSBUMK9O9KOVFD1YFRGU5Y41
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
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    N/A

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