Former Attorney General Rory Brady was a "truly remarkable" person who had the world at his feet when he was diagnosed two years ago with an illness -- which he fought with his personal motto "battle on".
Last night President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin were among the first of many figures from the worlds of law, politics and media to comfort Mr Brady's wife Siobhan and children Meadhbh and Aoife.
Hundreds of people packed the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, to pay tribute to one of Ireland's most outstanding lawyers who was appointed as Attorney General by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at the young age of 44.
Fr Martin Clarke told mourners that Mr Brady had just celebrated his 50th birthday and was celebrating a highly successful term as Attorney General and spending time with his family when he when he became ill in 2008.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen led a host of Cabinet ministers including Tanaiste Mary Coughlan and finance minister Brian Lenihan.
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who said that Mr Brady was one of his "closest and most trusted colleagues" at the cabinet table, was among the chief mourners who accompanied Mr Brady's remains into the Church of the Sacred Heart.
He was joined by ministers Mary Harney, Mary Hanafin, Batt O'Keeffe, John Gormley, Noel Dempsey, Eamon O'Cuiv, Barry Andrews and former Ceann Comhairle John O'Dohoghue.
Mr Brady was born in Dublin's Liberties into a Fianna Fail family. He was called to the Bar in 1979 and became a senior counsel in 1996.