DUBLIN, Ireland - Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds has been laid to rest at Shanganagh Cemetery in a glittering ceremony and with full military honours.
Hundreds of leaders from across the political and commerce spectrum, family, extended family and friends turned out on Monday to pay their respects to the 81-year old who died on Thursday.
Mourners were led by Mr Reynolds wife Kathleen, their two sons and 5 daughters.
President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, former British prime minister John Major, former SDLP leader and Nobel prize winner John Hume, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, former president of Ireland Mary McAleese, the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, and the Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke were in attendance
John Major and Reynolds have been credited with establishing the basis on which the Northern Ireland peace process was built.
The requiem mass was said by Father Brian D'Arcy, a close friend of the Reynolds family. The eulogy was delivery by Reynolds' son Philip, while a reflection was read by daughter Andrea.
"Few of us will ever bend the course of history, but our collective efforts can make this a better place. How successful he was in his life is for others to judge. To us it doesn't matter, he was just simply brilliant," Fr. D'Arcy said,
"Albert thought deeply about violence. He knew peace is more than absence of war but he knew that peace could not take root until the violence stops," he added.
"For him peace was the only battle worth waging. He knew that peace was not achieved only by talking to your friends, you must talk to your enemies and make peace with them."