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Cosgrave left Ireland a better place, funeral hears

07 October 2017 14:57
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Cosgrave left Ireland a better place, funeral hears

The funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave took place in Dublin this afternoon.

In accordance with the wishes of the Cosgrave family, it was not a State funeral.

Mr Cosgrave's requiem mass took place at the Church of the Annunciation in Rathfarnham and burial followed at Goldenbridge Cemetery in Inchicore.

In his public life, the late statesman was a figure of great integrity and a true patriot, Monsignor John Wilson told mourners.

He said: "Liam left our country a better place as a result of his life and his life's work."

The State funeral for his father, WT Cosgrave, the country's first head of government, took place 52 years ago at the same church and cemetery.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, members of the Government, and former taoisigh attended the funeral today.

Military policemen carried the coffin, which was not draped in the tricolour, into the church this morning.

Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland Diarmuid Martin was one of the celebrants of the mass.

Mr Cosgrave was a devout Catholic, and family friend of 50 years Monsignor Wilson presided over the service.

He said: "Liam Cosgrave loved his family, he loved his country, he loved his faith.

Former taoisigh Enda Kenny (above right), Bertie Ahern, John Bruton and Brian Cowen attended, as did members of Mr Cosgrave's 1973 Cabinet, including Richie Ryan and Tom O'Donnell.

Tributes were paid to the former Fine Gael leader in the Dáil this week, where he was described as a man with a clear view of his country, his religion and his politics.

Mr Cosgrave was taoiseach for some of the most turbulent years of the Northern Ireland Troubles.

He has been described as a consistent and courageous voice against terrorism.

He was at the head of government on 17 May 1974, when loyalists killed 33 people in the Dublin-Monaghan bombings, including a pregnant woman at full term.


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