Close family friend Devlin, now Bernadette McAliskey, told mourners
that McGlinchey, one of the worst terrorist murderers in Northern
Ireland's 25 years of violence, had never wanted to be a ''soldier''.
But she added: ''This man never in the whole of his life dishonoured the
cause he believed in''.
Earlier, she helped to carry his tricolour-draped coffin from St
Mary's Roman Catholic church at Bellaghy, County Londonderry, to the
graveside where she gave the oration. And she was applauded as she
launched a tirade there against the press for what had been written
about the self-confessed terrorist, branding journalists curs and dogs.
She said: ''May every one of them rot in hell.''
The former Irish National Liberation Army chief, who once boasted he
had murdered 30 people, was buried in the same grave as his wife, Mary,
also murdered, and baby daughter Marie, who died from meningitis.
McGlinchey, 39, died as he had lived -- in a hail of bullets.
He was dragged from a telephone box at Drogheda, County Louth, in the
Irish Republic, and shot at least 10 times in front of his son Dominic,
16, on Thursday night.
Dominic, and older brother Declan, 19, carried their father's coffin
from their grandmother's Bellaghy home.
Surprisingly, for a funeral of a man who had quit the IRA to join the
INLA, leading Sinn Fein member Martin McGuinness also briefly acted as a
At the funeral mass, parish priest Fr Michael Flanagan said McGlinchey
had died a ''hard and violent death. No one deserved to die like he
But McGlinchey had died with a prayer on his lips, said the priest,
adding: ''There is a little bit of good in the worst of us''.
In an interview given to a Dublin Sunday newspaper 12 days before his
death, and published yesterday, McGlinchey said he knew killers had been
stalking him since his release from Portlaoise prison 10 months ago.
He claimed they were an Armagh-based family with whom he had feuded in
the 1980s and said he believed they had been behind a murder attempt in
which he was seriously injured last June in the Irish Republic.
McGlinchey's wife was gunned down seven years ago at the age of 32 --
while her husband was in prison -- as she bathed her two children in her
home at Dundalk, County Louth.
Police mounted a substantial security operation for yesterday's