Thursday 23 February 2017

Lise Hand: Sorrow mixed with gratitude as family and friends bid a final farewell

Published 23/05/2011 | 05:00

THE bright sunshine battled with the strong chill wind which blustered through Shanganagh Cemetery yesterday afternoon -- the weather was as mixed as the emotions of those who had accompanied Garret FitzGerald on the final journey of his long, adventurous life.

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For mingled with sorrow was gratitude for his unwavering commitment to his country and admiration for both his indefatigable intellect and his avuncular kindness.

And there was something fitting about the modest ceremony, free from pomp, rhetoric or fanfare, which marked the end of such a rich life. Instead it was a simple burial, a chance for some quiet reflection on the massive upheavals and changes to Irish society which Garret had witnessed -- or played a part in -- throughout a career that spanned over five decades.

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