Cos­grave laid to rest in sim­ple cer­e­mony de­void of pomp

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - News - Liam Collins

THE for­mer Taoiseach Liam Cos­grave was laid to rest yes­ter­day in Dublin in the way he wanted — with a sim­ple re­li­gious cer­e­mony and none 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.

“One might dis­agree with his views, but no­body would ever doubt his in­tegrity,” said Mon­signor John Wil­son, who cel­e­brated the mass with Fr Martin Cos­grove and Fr Michael Reynolds. Mon­signor Wil­son said 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.

Among the mourn­ers were EU Com­mis­sioner Phil Ho­gan and the Sinn Fein Lord Mayor of Dublin Micheal Mac Don­n­cha, and Ceann Comhairle Sean O’Fearghail. The Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and Labour Party leader Bren­dan Howlin, for­mer SDLP leader Sea­mus Mal­lon and the Chan­cel­lor of the Na­tional Univer­sity of Ire­land Mau­rice Man­ning were also present.

For­mer gov­ern­ment min­is­ters in­cluded Barry Des­mond, Gerry Collins, Sean Bar­rett, Mon­ica Barnes, Dessie O’Mal­ley, Mary Har­ney, Alan Dukes, Joan Bur­ton, Michael Noo­nan, Ge­orge Birm­ing­ham, Martin Mansergh, Jimmy Deeni­han, James Reilly, Nora Owen, Char­lie McCreevy, David An­drews, Pat Rab­bitte, Lucinda Creighton and Eoin Ryan. Serv­ing politi­cians in­cluded Frances Fitzger­ald, Richard Bru­ton, Si­mon Coveney and Char­lie Flana­gan, Mary Mitchell O’Con­nor, Si­mon Har­ris, Paschal Dono­hoe, Regina Do­herty and Paul Ke­hoe.

yes­ter­day. Photo: Steve Humphreys

FOND FAREWELL: Mourn­ers at the fu­neral of for­mer Taoiseach Liam Cos­grave at the Church of the An­nun­ci­a­tion in Rath­farn­ham

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