LIAM COS­GRAVE 1920-2017: FOR ‘HE LEFT IRE­LAND A BET­TER PLACE...’

»States­man ‘a man of in­tegrity & true pa­triot’ »10 mil­i­tary po­lice­men carry cof­fin to the church

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY EMMA MCMENAMY

From top, Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar, John Bru­ton, Mary Har­ney, and for­mer Taoisigh Ber­tie Ah­ern & Enda Kenny For­mer Taoiseach Liam Cos­grave Leo Varad­kar, for­mer Taoisigh Ber­tie Ah­ern and Brian Cowen, as well as Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin. In ac­cor­dance with the wishes of the Cos­grave family, it was not a State fu­neral. Mon­signor John Wil­son told mourn­ers that in his pub­lic life, the late states­man was a fig­ure of great in­tegrity and a true pa­triot.

He said: “Liam left our coun­try a bet­ter place as a re­sult of his life and his life’s work.”

Ten mil­i­tary po­lice­men car­ried the cof­fin into the church as friends, family and mem­bers of the pub­lic got to their feet and looked on. The con­gre­ga­tion heard how Mr Cos­grave’s wife Vera died a year ear­lier and her ser­vice had taken place in the same church.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic gath­ered out­side to hear the Mass, which was broad­cast over loud­speak­ers.

Sur­round­ing roads were closed to help ac­com­mo­date the large fu­neral cortege.

Mr Cos­grave’s son Liam Jnr told the packed con­gre­ga­tion how his fa­ther loved his family and in par­tic­u­lar his grand­chil­dren.

He also thanked those who had helped him in the last few months of his life.

Mr Cos­grave said: “Dad was not the big­gest fan of eu­lo­gies so I am

Af­fec­tion, kind­ness, love and loy­alty, dad gave his family all of these in abun­dance

LIAM COS­GRAVE JNR PIC­TURED LEFT

‘GREAT HU­MIL­ITY’

RE­SPECT

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