Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Old Bailey bomber Price buried

Dolours Price's coffin is carried from her family home in Slievegallion Drive in Andersontown
Dolours Price's coffin is carried from her family home in Slievegallion Drive in Andersontown
Dolours Price's ex-husband Stephen Rea helps carry her coffin into St Agnes Church in Andersonstown.
Dolours Price's coffin makes its way through Andersonstown to St Agnes Catholic Church.
Dolours Price's ex-husband Stephen Rea follows her coffin into St Agnes Church in Andersonstown.
Dolours Price's sons help carry her coffin into St Agnes' Church in Andersonstown.
Dolours Price's coffin makes its way through Andersonstown to St Agnes' Church
Dolours Price's coffin makes its way through Andersonstown to St Agnes' Church
Dolours Price's coffin makes its way through Andersonstown to St Agnes Catholic Church.
Dolours Price's coffin makes its way past Sinn Fein's Connolly house in Andersonstown to St Agnes Catholic Church.

Dissident republicans stood in the pouring rain as IRA Old Bailey bomber Dolours Price was buried.

Among them was Colin Duffy, who heard an oration about how Price had struggled to come to terms with her past.

At the graveside in Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast, socialist Eamon McCann told the crowds who were huddled under umbrellas: "If Dolours had a big fault, it was perhaps that she lived out too urgently the ideals to which so many others also purported to be dedicated.

"She was a liberator but never managed to liberate herself from those ideas. Sometimes we are imprisoned within ideals; sometimes in war atrocious things are done; sometimes hard things have to be done.

"Sometimes it is very difficult to handle the hard things that you felt compelled to do when you are soft-hearted at the core of your being. And Dolours was a soft-hearted person as well as a hard person in her politics."

Price, 62, was an unrepentant republican hard-liner who fell out with Sinn Fein after the party endorsed the Northern Ireland peace process, encouraged the IRA to give up its guns and embraced power-sharing with unionists at Stormont.

She was found dead at her home in north Dublin last week.

The former wife of actor Stephen Rea, she was convicted and jailed along with her sister for the 1973 car bomb attack on London's Old Bailey courthouse in which one man died and more than 200 people were injured.

Marian Price, who is in jail accused of dissident republican activity, did not attend her sister's funeral. She had been granted several hours compassionate leave to attend the wake on Sunday.

Up to 500 people packed into St Agnes' Church in Andersonstown, where books of condolence had been placed in the doorway.

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