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    Default Irish State Funerals - a little rough-and-ready?

    There ceremonial funeral last week in London for Baroness Thatcher really was a fitting final spectacle for one of the UK's most iconic prime ministers.

    I did occur to me though that the level of planning, attention to detail and finesse applied to the funeral was impressive to say the least. I could not help reflect on some of the most recent state funerals in the Republic of Ireland though and I was unfortunately drawn to compare them. There can be no doubt that our state funerals do not measure up in any way to those of our nearest neighbours. Granted, we are a much smaller country with less resources and less of a tradition in pomp and ceremony however I did feel that our state funerals are not as dignified, refined, sophisticated, as I believe they might be.

    I am a great admirer of the Defence Forces and I applaud them for their work in all our occasions of state, and I do not believe the issues solely lies with them.

    Any opinions?

    PS. please don't make this a thread on the politics of Margaret Thatcher.

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    The Irish army motorcycle outriders always look ridiculous. As a country with an equine heritage we should use it more.

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    meh, North Korea do great parades, take it as a badge of honour that "we" dont try to ape them

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    The Defence forces did a great show on Easter Sunday.
    I'm more concerned about the Defence Forces having the right resources, than their ability to turn out in number to honour a dead politician.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnfás View Post
    The Irish army motorcycle outriders always look ridiculous. As a country with an equine heritage we should use it more.
    Which is why I support the return of the Blue Hussars.

    http://www.politics.ie/forum/defence...tablished.html
    Boycott the "Irish" Sun rag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruserious View Post
    Which is why I support the return of the Blue Hussars.

    http://www.politics.ie/forum/defence...tablished.html
    Good idea, but given the parlous state of our finances, will these do?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ruserious View Post
    Which is why I support the return of the Blue Hussars.

    http://www.politics.ie/forum/defence...tablished.html
    Could not agree more. The army and Garda have such beautiful and well trained horses; and we have a long and passionate equine tradition. I cannot understand why we don't see them more often in a ceremonial capacity.

    In terms of the motorcycle escorts; I do think they look a little 'cheesey' but I'm sure they will have a function.

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    dont see how it is a problem since there is literally no one alive that deserves an Irish state funeral

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    Quote Originally Posted by iolar View Post
    There ceremonial funeral last week in London for Baroness Thatcher really was a fitting final spectacle for one of the UK's most iconic prime ministers.

    I did occur to me though that the level of planning, attention to detail and finesse applied to the funeral was impressive to say the least. I could not help reflect on some of the most recent state funerals in the Republic of Ireland though and I was unfortunately drawn to compare them. There can be no doubt that our state funerals do not measure up in any way to those of our nearest neighbours. Granted, we are a much smaller country with less resources and less of a tradition in pomp and ceremony however I did feel that our state funerals are not as dignified, refined, sophisticated, as I believe they might be.

    I am a great admirer of the Defence Forces and I applaud them for their work in all our occasions of state, and I do not believe the issues solely lies with them.

    Any opinions?

    PS. please don't make this a thread on the politics of Margaret Thatcher
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    Quote Originally Posted by rapparree View Post
    dont see how it is a problem since there is literally no one alive that deserves an Irish state funeral
    TK Whitaker?
    Boycott the "Irish" Sun rag.

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