Sean Ardagh 'was loved on both sides of House'
Micheál Martin and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern were among the hundreds of mourners who thronged St Jude's church in south Dublin yesterday for the funeral mass of former Fianna Fail TD and councillor Sean Ardagh.
More than 700 people including politicians, journalists, friends, neighbours and fellow parishioners joined Mr Ardagh's heartbroken family in bidding a final farewell to a man who, in the words of the Fianna Fail leader, "was loved across the House on all sides". The former TD for Dublin South-Central passed away on Tuesday following a battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at Our Lady's Hospice in Harold's Cross at the age of 68.
Among the chief mourners were his beloved wife Maire, their children, Rory, Charlie and Catherine, his siblings Pat, Fintan and Jackie, his grandchildren Charlotte, Jamie and Jane and extended family.
Delivering the eulogy, his daughter, Senator Catherine Ardagh, who was recently elected as Fianna Fail Seanad leader, beamed with pride as she spoke of her father's kindness, his encouragement and dedication to his family as well as his deep loyalty to his friends and colleagues.
"He loved nothing more than the company of friends and family," she said.
And while she described him as a "dedicated public servant", he always had time for his family, she said. He was laid to rest at Burgage cemetery in Wicklow.