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No crowds lined the paths, family members did not attend - the sad reality of not saying goodbye in era of coronavirus

Well-respected John Gallagher would have 'earned' a huge funeral for his community work, but nobody came, writes Alan O'Keeffe

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John Gallagher's coffin arrives at Mount Jerome in Harold’s Cross last Thursday. Photo: David Conachy

John Gallagher's coffin arrives at Mount Jerome in Harold’s Cross last Thursday. Photo: David Conachy

John Gallagher's coffin arrives at Mount Jerome in Harold’s Cross last Thursday. Photo: David Conachy

A hearse bearing the body of former community leader John Gallagher moved smoothly through the deserted streets of The Liberties in Dublin last Thursday.

There were no crowds lining the paths to pay their respects. Family members did not attend - this is the new reality of life and death in a world infected by Covid-19.


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