Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Actor Stephen Rea carries coffin of bomber ex-wife Dolours

Actor Stephen Rea, former husband of Dolours Price helps carry her coffin on Monday
Bernadette McAliskey helps carry her coffin on Monday

Hollywood actor Stephen Rea on Monday helped to carry the coffin of his former wife and Old Bailey bomber Dolours Price to her final resting place.

Although the couple split up in 2003, Rea and their two sons — Danny and Oscar — carried the republican veteran’s coffin in pouring rain to Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast. They were among 500 mourners who attended requiem mass at St Agnes’ Church in Andersonstown.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams — the target of Ms Price’s most heated criticism — was absent. However, Sinn Fein West Belfast MP Paul Maskey attended the mass. Her sister Marian, currently in prison accused of dissident republican activity, was not present, having been granted parole to attend the wake at the weekend.

The 62-year-old was found dead at her Co Dublin home last Wednesday.

Father Raymond Murray, who had been prison chaplain at Armagh jail, told mourners: “She was clever and witty, full of fun and held people enthralled by her conversation.”

Mourners included prominent dissident republican Colin Duffy and former MP Bernadette McAliskey.

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