The Bishop of Cork, Doctor John Buckley, has received the remains of former Taoiseach, Jack Lynch, at the North Cathedral in Cork City. Mr Lynch's remains arrived at Cork Airport shortly after 6pm, before proceeding with an escort of honour through the streets of the City. The coffin will spend the night in the North Cathedral. The Cathedral will remain open until midnight to allow people to pay their respects and sign the Book of Condolence.
An interdenominational service was held for Mr. Lynch in the church of St. Paul of the Cross, Mount Argus this morning. In his homily, Dublin's Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh described Mr. Lynch as a man of physical and moral strength. Officiating at the service were representatives of the Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, and Methodist Churches as well as the Society of Friends. They read from scripture and led silent prayers in memory of the late Taoiseach. Judge Hubert Wine represented the Jewish community.
The chief mourners were Mr. Lynch's widow, Máirín; his brother Finbarr; his sister, Eva Harvey; and nephews and nieces. The President Mary McAleese, together with former Taoisigh Liam Cosgrave, Garret Fitzgerald and Albert Reynolds, attended along with members of the Oireachtas. The papal Nuncio Archbishop Luciano Storero led members of the Diplomatic Corps.
Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh recalled Mr. Lynch's sporting achievements as well as his career as a politician. Bishop Ó Ceallaigh's father had served as a Fianna Fáil TD alongside Jack Lynch and he recalled that, in 1966, when he was being urged to contest the leadership of Fianna Fáil, he was reluctant to allow his name go forward. However, a group of Munster TDs, including Sean Ó'Ceallaigh gathered to persuade him to become a candidate.
The funeral begins at midday tomorrow. It will be broadcast live on Radio One and RTÉ television.