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Final ovation for Mick as family and host of stars bid him a sad farewell

MICK LALLY'S family have not yet decided on his final resting place.

The remains of the acclaimed actor were cremated following a ceremony at Newlands Cross Crematorium in Ballymount.

However, a family friend said his wife Peige and their three children have put the decision off for now.

"His ashes will stay in the crematorium for a day or two and then they will decide what they want to do over the coming days. They could well decide to keep them in the house permanently," she said.

Lally was an atheist and anti-Catholic and his beliefs were reflected in a specially-devised service filled with Irish poems and pieces of music.

TV presenter Sile Seoige was comforted at the moving funeral service for the late actor by her long-term partner Kim Burrows, a floor manager with RTE.

The couple were there with Kim's father Wesley Burrowes, who had a long-standing connection with Lally as one of the creators of RTE series Glenroe.



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He was one of the key writers for the series over its 18-year run and Mr Burrowes was also responsible for the programme's predecessor, Bracken, which spawned Mick's most famous character, Miley Byrne.

Seoige said she didn't know Lally that well, but had worked with him a number of times and that they had a connection as native Irish speakers.

"The service today was lovely and it would have meant a lot to him that so much of it was in Irish," she said.

Luminaries from the world of theatre and the arts turned up in force to pay their last respects to the father of three.

Attendees included actors Stephen Rea, Brendan Gleeson, Sean McGinley, Mary McEvoy and Emmet Bergin, as well as Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Mary Hanafin, former minister Michael D Higgins and former Labour leader Pat Rabbitte.

Former colleagues from Glenroe, Ballykissangel and Ros Na Run also turned up alongside GAA commentator Micheal O Muircheartaigh and RTE's Cathal Goan.

Mourners greeted his coffin with applause as it arrived, unadorned by flowers in accordance with the family's wishes.

mfinn@herald.ie


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