Irish Independent. 25. 2. 1921.



    Impressive scenes were witnessed at Midleton on Wednesday night when 10 coffins, containing the remains of those killed at Clonmult, arrived from Cork. The Church bell tolled from 4 p. m., though it was 9 o’clock before the hearses arrived. Dense crowds filled the streets. Canon O’Connor, P.P., and the curates of the parish headed the cortege.

    Rev. J. Kelleher, C.C., Drumcondra (a native of Midleton) celebrated the Requiem Mass yesterday, after which the coffins, covered with the tricolour, were carried by Volunteers to the Rosary Cemetery adjoining. The remains were interred side by side in one large plot near the church. Only a limited number-principally the chief mourners-were permitted to enter the graveyard till the coffins had been covered over. Innumerable wreaths were placed on the graves. No Crown forces visited the town during obsequies. All shops are still closed in token of general mourning.


The chimes of St. Colman’s Cathedral pealed “Let Erin Remember” as in the one grave at the old church cemetery were interred the two Cobh victims. The huge attendance resembled the memorable procession at the funerals of the Lusitania victims. Republican flags covered the coffins, and there was a great number of wreaths. Military ordered shops to open in the morning, but those in the streets through which the cortege passed were closed.

The remains of Richard Hegarty, another Clonmult victim, were brought to Ballymacoda, Youghal. The report that a Killeagh man was killed is incorrect.    

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