Thousands of people turned out today to pay their final respects to the late Albert Reynolds whose remains lay in repose at Dublin’s Mansion House.
His coffin was draped in the tricolour and he was subsequently removed to the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook for Removal at 7:30pm this evening.
His widow, Kathleen, and the Reynolds family had some private time alone in their grief before the formal State ceremony began at 1pm this afternoon.
By early evening, at least 1,000 people had turned out to say goodbye to the former Taoiseach, and among the crowds were former Fianna Fáil ministers Willie O’Dea, Noel Dempsey, Noel Treacy and former TDs Sean Haughey, GV Wright and Senator Eddie Bohan.
Margaret Brown a native of Longford also paid her respects to the late Taoiseach in Dublin earlier. “I’m very sad today,” she said. “I knew Albert going to school; we are very proud of him in Longford. He did a lot of work for the town.”
She went on to say that Mr Reynolds’ ‘ordinariness’ was the key to his popularity. “He had no airs or graces and he never changed,” she added. .
Books of Condolences have been opened at Longford Co Council headquarters in Longford town and at branch libraries across the county. A Book of Condolence can also be signed at the Longford Arms Hotel and at the Fianna Fáil office on Dublin Street.
The late Albert Reynolds will be buried with full military honours on Monday afternoon in Shankill following Funeral Mass in Donnybrook at 12 noon. May he Rest in Peace.