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Funeral for PIRA founder Billy McKee [Photos]

The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peter's Cathedral on Saturday morning June 15, 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97.
The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peter's Cathedral on Saturday morning June 15, 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ‘Officer Commanding’ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leader’s funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ‘Officer Commanding’ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leader’s funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ‘Officer Commanding’ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leader’s funeral in west Belfast.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/06/2019 The for funeral of founding IRA member Billy McKee at St Peter's Cathedral in West Belfast on Saturday. The lifelong republican first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for IRA activity numerous times over the years. When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the OC of the IRA's Belfast Brigade. Mr McKee passed away at his Belfast home on Tuesday at the age of 97. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ‘Officer Commanding’ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leader’s funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.
Press Eye - Billy Mc Kee Funeral - 15th June 2019 Photograph by Declan Roughan The funeral of veteran republican Billy McKee was held at St Peters Cathedral on Saturday morning 15th June 2019. Mr Mc Kee died on Tuesday aged 97. Mr McKee, from the lower Falls, helped establish the Provisional IRA in 1969 after the organisation split over differences in the direction. He went on to become its ÔOfficer CommandingÕ in Belfast and was a key leadership figure who sat on the 'army council' before being sidelined in the late 1970s. Republicans from across Ireland attended the former IRA leaderÕs funeral in west Belfast.

The funeral of Billy McKee, one of the founding members of the Provisional IRA, has taken place west Belfast.

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