Funerals of the victims of the Church Street tenement collapse held
The coffins of some of the victims of the tenement collapsed being carried from St Michan's Church, Halston Street. Photo: Courtesy of the Irish Capuchin Provincial Archives

Funerals of the victims of the Church Street tenement collapse held

Published: 5 September 1913

This morning, masses at 8 o'clock and 10 o'clock were celebrated for the dead at St Michan's Church in the presence of large congregations. Afterwards, with the priests in tears, the remains were taken from the church and transported in hearses through the streets of the city, the procession passing into St. Mary's Lane and Church Street. Blinds in all the adjoining houses were drawn as the procession passed along and the huge crowds gathered on the footways bared their heads.

The crowds of mourners grew more dense as the cortege got closer to Glasnevin Cemetery and, for the final leg of the sad journey, the coffins were removed from the hearses and borne on men's shoulders. The scenes at the graveside were harrowing in the extreme. Mrs Salmon, standing beside the coffin of her deceased son, called out 'My darling boy!' and later attempted to throw herself into the open grave. Mrs Salmon was not alone in her inconsolable grief and many women and children collapsed in the hysteria of the moment.

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