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Haughey in tribute to Lord Killanin

THE President of the International Olympic Committee and two former Taoisigh were among the mourners yesterday at the Requiem Mass for Lord Killanin, the former Chairman and President of the IOC.

Leading names in the field of sport, horse racing, and the arts came to say their farewell at the Church of Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines to the former film-maker and journalist who died aged 84.

The current IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch was accompanied by Pat Hickey, President of the Olympic Committee of Ireland (OCI) and former IOC delegate Dr Kevin O'Flanagan.

Irish Olympians among the mourners included 1500m gold medallist Ronnie Delaney, marathon silver medallist John Treacy, former world 1500m champion Eamonn Coughlan and former high jumper and RTE sports presenter Brendan O'Reilly.

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was represented by his ADC, Comdt Oisin Cahill while President McAleese was represented by Comdt Dermot O'Connor.

Former Taoisigh Garret Fitzgerald and Charles Haughey also paid their respects. Lord Killanin is survived by his wife Lady Sheila Killanin, daughter Deborah and sons Redmond, John, and Michael ``Mouse'' Morris, the well-known horse trainer. John's wife, RTE presenter Thelma Mansfield, read the first reading, actor Stephen Rea read the psalm followed by broadcaster Cathal O'Shannon with the second reading.

Lord Killanin's grand children Jamie and Christopher brought gifts to the altar. The chief celebrant was Rathmines PP and close friend of Lord Killanin, Father Aidan Burke. He was joined by Abbott Christopher of Glenstal Abbey and St Stephen's Green University Church PP Fr Ernan Neville.

De Danann musician Frankie Gavin played The West's Awake on tin whistle as the coffin left the church bound for a short service at St Enda's Church, Spiddal, Co Galway today followed by a burial at Bohermore Cemetery.

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