Monday 20 November 2017

'He loved family, his country and faith' - Former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave laid to rest

The coffin of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave is carried into the Church of the Annunciation in Rathfarnham in Dublin, for his funeral service. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The coffin of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave is carried into the Church of the Annunciation in Rathfarnham in Dublin, for his funeral service. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at the funeral mass of former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at the Church of the Annunciation in Dublin, Ireland October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives at the funeral mass of former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at the Church of the Annunciation in Dublin, Ireland October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives for the funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, at the Church of the Annunciation in Rathfarnham in Dublin Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
An order of service is held by a mourner at the funeral mass of former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at the Church of the Annunciation in Dublin, Ireland October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Jerome O'Reilly

The former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave was laid to rest today in Dublin after a simple religious ceremony devoid of the trappings or pomp of a State funeral.

Mr Cosgrave, who led the country through one of the most turbulent periods in recent history, was buried after a solemn Requiem Mass at the Church of the Annunciation in Rathfarnham.

His coffin was carried into the packed church by six soldiers from the Second Military Police and carried from it by his sons Liam and Ciaran and family members, with his daughter Mary following.

Among the mourners were the last three surviving ministers to serve in his cabinet, Richie Ryan, Paddy Cooney and Tom O’Donnell.

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was flanked in the church by former Taoisigh, Enda Kenny, Brian Cowen, Bertie Ahern and John Bruton.

As well as many friends the congregation included prominent figures from the political and legal establishment.

Mr Cosgrave died on Wednesday at the age of 97
Mr Cosgrave died on Wednesday at the age of 97

Monsignor John Wilson said that Liam Cosgrave “loved family, country and faith, he was a patriot in the best sense of the word.” The final commendation was given by Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin.  The only ornamentation was organist Marie Cruise’s rendition of Gabriel’s Oboe from the film, The Mission, during the communion rite.

Afterwards the remains of Liam Cosgrave  were borne to Goldenbridge Cemetery in Inchicore where he was laid to rest with his father William T. Cosgrave, his mother Louisa and his wife Vera

Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen arrives for the funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, at the Church of the Annunciation in Rathfarnham in Dublin Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen arrives for the funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, at the Church of the Annunciation in Rathfarnham in Dublin Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern arrives at the funeral mass of former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at the Church of the Annunciation in Dublin, Ireland October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
The coffin containing the body of former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, is carried in for his funeral mass at the Church of the Annunciation in Dublin, Ireland October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
The coffin containing the body of former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, is carried in for his funeral mass at the Church of the Annunciation in Dublin, Ireland October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
The coffin containing the body of former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave arrives for his funeral mass at the Church of the Annunciation in Dublin, Ireland October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

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