Monday 24 April 2017

Two marquees to hold funeral crowds

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

THE small church where Brian Lenihan's funeral service will take place will have three spillover areas to accommodate the large numbers expected to attend.

Mr Lenihan's remains will repose from 10 this morning at Jennings Funeral Home, Main Street, Blanchardstown Village.

His removal will take place to St Mochta's Church, Porterstown, arriving at 6pm.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated tomorrow at 11am, followed by a private burial at St David's church graveyard in Kilsallaghan.

The Department of the Taoiseach's protocol unit are assisting with the arrangements. At Taoiseach Enda Kenny's request. A book of condolence will be opened at Government Buildings on Merrion Street today from 9am until 6pm.

The church in Porterstown will have two marquees erected in the grounds and the nearly community hall will have a televised screening of the service.

Shuttle buses are expected to operate from car parks nearby.

The final arrangements will be decided on at a meeting this morning.

A book of condolence will be opened this morning in the Civic Offices of the Lenihan family home town of Athlone.

Mr Lenihan's aunt Mary O'Rourke was a TD for the area and his cousin, Aengus O'Rourke, is a local councillor.

Athlone Mayor Sheila Buckley Byrne said the book would be open from 10am to 4pm for people to express their condolences to the family of Mr Lenihan, who lived and went to school in Athlone before his family moved to Dublin.

A book of condolence opened at his constituency office in Castleknock on Saturday was signed by 9,000 people.

And Fianna Fail has opened an online book of condolence on its website www.fiannafail.ie

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