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Garret FitzGerald's coffin is taken from Mansion House yesterday evening after thousands had turned out to pay their respects to him.
Garret FitzGerald's coffin is taken from Mansion House yesterday evening after thousands had turned out to pay their respects to him.
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Garret FitzGerald to be laid to rest in Dublin today

The former Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael will be buried in a State funeral in Dublin today.
May 22nd 2011, 11:00 AM 589 0

Updated 12.10pm

GARRET FITZGERALD, TWICE Taoiseach of Ireland will be laid to rest in Dublin today after thousands turned out to pay their respects to him in the city centre yesterday.

Dr FitzGerald lay in repose at Mansion House in Dawson Street yesterday afternoon before he was removed to Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in the evening.

His State funeral will take place there today.

A mass will be held at the church at 2.30pm before he will be buried beside his late wife Joan at Shanganagh Cemetery.

The mass will be conducted by Fr Enda McDonagh with Taoiseach Enda Kenny delivering a reading.

Members of FitzGerald’s family will do readings, prayers of the faithful and the offertory procession in what is very much a close family occasion.

The mass will conclude with the traditional Irish melody ‘Be Thou My Vision’.

Gardaí say there will be traffic restrictions at Donnybrook Church and along the N11 at Donnybrook between 1pm and 4pm with motorists advised to avoid the area.

The former leader of Fine Gael died on Thursday, aged 85, following a short illness.

TheJournal.ie will be covering the funeral live from around 2.15pm. Live television and radio coverage will be available on RTÉ One and RTÉ Radio 1. TV3 will also be broadcasting the funeral live.

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