Respects paid to Seán MacBride following the death of the former IRA leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights activist.

Seán MacBride, who was 83, died on 15 January 1988 after a short illness.  He was the only person both to be awarded both the Nobel and Lenin Peace Prizes.

Survivors of the War of Independence provided the Guard of Honour on the steps of the Pro-Cathedral.  Seán MacBride was chief of staff of the IRA (Irish Republican Army) in the 1930s, but later became a government minister, and achieved an international reputation as a statesman, and human rights campaigner.  

Bishop James Kavanagh praised Seán MacBride’s work for world peace and justice, and he said Mr MacBride never turned away anyone who sought his help. 

The mourners were led by his son Tiernan Mac Bride, and his daughter Anna White.  Among the attendees were several former government ministers, members of the judiciary, colleagues in the legal profession, some leading Republicans, and representatives of the many groups with which he was involved.  The rock group U2 also paid their respects.  

After the short ceremony, hundreds of people filed past Mr MacBride’s open coffin.  He will be buried in Glasnevin cemetery after requiem Mass on Monday.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 January 1988.  The reporter is Joe O’Brien.