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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.

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"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.

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