Garret was not your normal political animal
Liam Collins recalls an engaging, agreeable character who could on occasion be steely and indiscreet
Published 22/05/2011 | 05:00
There was an other-worldly quality to Garret FitzGerald which was exemplified for me as he boarded his election bus after a late-night political rally in Macroom, Co Cork.
"Why are they all waving red and white flags?" he asked.
Garret may have been a true blue Fine Gaeler, a statistical wizard and a social reformer, but he didn't have a clue about the passionate attachment to the GAA in rural Ireland, and particularly in Cork.