Saturday 21 October 2017

Family and State join in final farewell to Cosgrave

Family and State join in final farewell to Cosgrave
Family and State join in final farewell to Cosgrave

Four former Taoisigh joined Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the crowd of mourners who bid a final farewell to Liam Cosgrave at his funeral in Dublin.

Mr Cosgrave, who died last week aged 97, had not wanted a full State funeral and his wish for a simple ceremony was honoured by family and the State.

After consultations, the Army rendered some military honours, at the Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham, and later at the cemetery in Goldenbridge, Inchicore. The former Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader, who dominated Irish politics for four decades, was laid to rest alongside his beloved wife Vera and his parents.

The former Taoisigh were Enda Kenny and John Bruton of Fine Gael, and Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen of Fianna Fáil. Also in attendance were the three surviving members of Mr Cosgrave's 1973-77 cabinet, Tom O'Donnell (91), Richie Ryan (87) and Pat Cooney (86).

The mix of family and State funeral was shown by military policemen carrying his coffin into the church, while his sons Liam Jnr and Ciarán were joined by other family members in shouldering the remains out of the church. His daughter, Mary, a constant companion at his public outings, walked behind the coffin.

A plethora of senior people from all across politics and the public administration turned out to pay their respects, including EU Commissioner Phil Hogan and many former ministers.

In a eulogy, Liam Cosgrave Jnr said he would honour his father's wish to be brief and to the point.

Irish Independent

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