Funeral of Irishman killed in Iraq

Thursday 24 April 2003 16.48

The funeral of an Irishman who was killed in Iraq has taken place in Dublin.

Ian Malone, who was 28, was a Lance Corporal in the Irish Guards. He was killed in Basra.

Two pipers, one each from the Irish and British armies, played as hundreds of mourners filed into the Church of the Assumption in Ballyfermot in Dublin.

They were there to pay their final respects to Dubliner, Ian Malone, a Lance Corporal with the British Army Irish Guards Regiment.

He was killed almost three weeks ago by sniper fire, near Basra in southern Iraq.

As well as family, friends and neighbours, the congregation included representatives of the British and American governments, members of the British military, members of the Irish Defence Forces.

There was no official Irish Government representative because the Malone family had asked for the funeral to be private.

The mass was celebrated by Parish Priest Fr Joe Kett, who described Ian Malone as a brave, young Irishman.

The sermon was given by Fr Dave Lumstone, a friend of Ian Malone, who spoke warmly of his bravery, intelligence and humour. He was a grand chap in many, many ways he said.

Also in attendance was Fr Andrew Lloyd, Catholic Chaplain to the Irish Guards. He asked for prayers to be offered to all who had died in the conflict in Iraq.