Monday 20 November 2017

Lenihan's burial site reveals old mysteries of faith and language

The former finance minister was a man of unusual intellectual sensitivities, writes John-Paul McCarthy

John Paul McCarthy

The progeny of the man who tried to sabotage the Anglo-Irish Agreement in America at the behest of a badly outmanoeuvred Charles Haughey could be said to know a thing or two about tribal self-assertion.

And yet, that mould was broken by Brian Lenihan fils, in life as much as in death.

The most resonant aspect of his removal last week was the way the service drew greedily on a variety of complex cultural currents so as to convey the subtlety of the myriad-minded man being mourned. Lenihan emerged in death as a man of unusual intellectual sensitivities.

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