I understand that Martin McGuinness is to be buried today in the Republican plot at the City cemetery in Derry, which is fitting given that he spent most of his adult life as a member and leader of the IRA (even though he denied it).
There will be, of course, no paramilitary trappings, no IRA beret or glove, I presume and certainly no firing party. That thought reminded me of the photo below which includes Martin McGuinness, second from the left, I believe, firing a volley over the grave of Eamonn Lafferty.
Nineteen-year-old Lafferty was the first IRA member to be killed in Derry by the British Army during the Troubles and was shot on the edge of the Bogside during a gunbattle on August 18th, 1971, a couple of weeks after internment had been introduced.
There was a heavy security presence at his funeral which made the customary IRA manifestation impossible. A few days later McGuinness and three comrades staged this salute to Lafferty. The Derry Journal was present to capture the moment and featured the photo on its front page. (Correction: The salute happened in October, two months after Lafferty’s death)