Letter from Kilcormac
After his final farewell to his adopted home in New York where he attained renown and the respect of all those he touched
Jim Cullen was laid to rest this Monday morning in his beloved County Offaly.
Jim was waked at his home at Munny , Kilcormac which he left for the last time with his coffin draped with the Tricolor to the sound of a lone bagpiper .
A long funeral procession slowly wound its way to The Church of The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary where Jims final mass was said before a packed congregation including his beloved companion Catherine Kelly and his four children , their spouses and grandchildren.
Many friends , neighbors , relatives and colleagues were in attendance including community activist Iain “Buff” Cameron , Professor Ruan O’Donnell, noted journalist and author Anne Cadwallader, Paul O’Connor and Alan Bicknell of The Pat Finucane Centre and attorney Niall Murphy .
Others in attendance included members of Sinn Fein such as Barry McElduff, Francie Molloy , Rita O’Hare, Dessie Mackin , Richard McAuley, Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald.
At the conclusion of mass Jim was transported to a local cemetery near Tullamore where he was laid to final rest to the mournful sounds of a solitary piper.
I was privileged to be in attendance throughout on behalf of The Brehon Law Society, The Irish Parades Emergency Committee and The Irish American Unity Conference.
Jim devoted much of his life to the cause of justice and equity in the north of Ireland and he always felt that the reunification of Ireland was only a matter of time.
He will be missed.