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.
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