An impressive crowd turned out today in Mayo to pay their respects to Veteran Republican Dan Hoban of Newport who died on November 14. Republicans and friends from all over Ireland travelled to Mayo to pay their respects.
Following Requiem Mass in Newport, Dan’s coffin, draped with the National Flag and flanked by a guard of honour from his comrades in Sinn Féin Poblachtach and Cumann na mBan, was taken to Burrishoole Cemetery for burial.
Led by a lone piper and the National Flag draped with black ribbon, Dan’s coffin was carried from the gates of the cemetery, once again flanked by the colour party.
His comrades and family carried the coffin to the grave where proceedings were chaired by An Chomhairleoir Tomás Ó Curraoin (Gaillimh).
Tomás introduced Seosamh Ó Maoileoin, Uachtarán, Sinn Féin Poblachtach, who gave a short oration and the main oration was delivered by Tomás Ó Curraoin.
Dan was an unrepentant Republican, who spent many years in jails in the 32 Counties. He was a man of honour, he stuck to his principles and paid a heavy price for his commitment to the freedom of his country.
He will be greatly missed by his family, comrades and friends.
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