Funeral of the Bishop of Raphoe

Funeral of the Bishop of Raphoe

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Details

Location

Donegal, Raphoe

Year

1963

Date

Production 11/12/1963

Length

31sec

Audio

silent

Format

16mm

black and white

Source

Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Archiving Scheme 2

Courtesy

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Department for Communities, ITV, UTV Archive

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

The removal of the remains of the Most Reverend William MacNeely who was Bishop of Raphoe, in Donegal, from 1923 until his death in 1963. The cortege included Eamonn DeValera and Séan Lemass.

Notes

William MacNeely was born in Dec 1889; his father was a butcher in Donegal Town. MacNeely was educated at the High School in Letterkenny, and in Rome from 1906–12. He was ordained to the priesthood on 4 February 1912 and upon his return to Ireland was appointed to the staff of St Eunan's College.

MacNeely served for two years as chaplain with the Irish Battalions in the British Army in World War I.

The bishop was also a successful breeder of Shorthorn cattle. 

Credits

An Ulster Television Production.

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