Loyal garda watches over Reynolds for one last time
Published 25/08/2014 | 02:30
The loyal garda who watched over Albert Reynolds for 18 years was back on duty guarding the late former Taoiseach over the weekend.
Garda Donie Hanrahan from Donnybrook Garda Station stayed overnight with Mr Reynolds's coffin in the Church of the Sacred Heart in Dublin 4.
"I was delighted when the family accepted the offer. I would have been with him all the time," he said.
Gda Hanrahan was part of the security detail at Mr Reynolds's house from the time he became Taoiseach in 1992 until the Government removed the entitlement three years ago.
The long-serving garda described Mr Reynolds as "very unassuming, no problem, no hassle" and said he was deeply saddened by his passing.
Mr Reynolds moved from 'Hazeldene' on Anglesea Road to No 18 Ailesbury Road to a penthouse apartment in the Four Seasons Hotel in Ballsbridge. The sentry box was removed, but Gda Hanrahan was a mainstay as one of the security detail from 1992 to 2011.
"I know all the family so well. They were a lovely family," he said.
"I was standing post at the house. We started out in Hazeldene and then Ailesbury Road and then on to the Four Seasons. We were in a hut and we kept an eye out. You worked the grounds," he said.
A friend said the Reynolds family were comforted to have Gda Hanrahan back on duty. Originally from Mitchelstown in Co Cork, Garda Hanrahan is married with three children and lives in Kildare.