On 31 August 1997 Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were killed in a car crash in Paris. In the days that followed cities throughout the world mourned her passing and Dublin was no different.

Thousands queued at the British Embassy to sign a book of condolence and to express their personal sadness at the death of Princess Diana. The turnout was so large three books of condolence were made available. 

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was one of the early callers to offer sympathy to the British Ambassador. Mr Ahern had met the princess in London when he was last in office and spoke of the high regard that Irish people had for her.  

The Princess of Wales was a very special person. She was involved in so many humanitarian and charitable issues, people felt that they knew her. 

He spoke about how Princess Diana had made the issue of landmines an international conversation which was now going to be addressed as a result of her bravery in moving the issue forward.

Tanaiste Mary Harney, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ray Burke, Fine Gael's Nora Owen and Labour's Ruari Quinn also arrived to sign their condolences. The Secretary to the President Peter Ryan signed the book on behalf of President Mary Robinson. 

Thousands of bouquets and cards were left at the gates of the embassy expressing a very real affection for Princess Diana as well as a sense of loss. 

Books of Condolence are also available for signing at the Mansion House in Dublin and at City Hall in Cork. 

As a mark of respect and thanks for her work for AIDS victims, the office of the Dublin AIDS Alliance will close on the day of her funeral.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 September 1997. The reporter is Michael Conway.