ACCLAIMED actress Susan FitzGerald was given a final standing ovation as hundreds of mourners bade farewell to the stage queen.
Fellow actors, directors and figures from the entertainment world gathered at the Church of the Three Patrons in a rainy Rathgar, Dublin, for the funeral Mass of the renowned actress who died at the age of 64 after a long battle with cancer.
Leading the mourners was her husband Michael Colgan, director of the Gate Theatre, and their three children, Sarah, Sophie and Richard.
Among those who attended the funeral Mass were actor John Kavanagh, director Jim Sheridan, playwright Brian Friel, author Paul Howard and Abbey Theatre director Fiach Mac Conghail. President Michael D Higgins was represented by his aide-de-camp, Commandant Tony Whelan.
In a moving tribute to his wife, Mr Colgan said she had "magic both on and off the stage". "She gave us all so much and more, because that talent and wit spilled into our lives."
His last words were to his beloved wife – "Farewell my lovely, may flights of heavenly angels sing thee to thy rest."