Hundreds attend funeral of 7th Earl of Dunraven

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

“WE have loved since before forever.” These were the quiet words of love and commitment shared by the late lord Dunraven and his wife, Geraldine, throughout the 40-plus years of their life together.

“WE have loved since before forever.” These were the quiet words of love and commitment shared by the late lord Dunraven and his wife, Geraldine, throughout the 40-plus years of their life together.

“WE have loved since before forever.” These were the quiet words of love and commitment shared by the late lord Dunraven and his wife, Geraldine, throughout the 40-plus years of their life together.

And it was with these words that Lady Geraldine ended her address to the large congregation which gathered at mid-day in St Nicholas Church, Adare this Wednesday for her husband’s funeral service. “Please, no tears,” she said. “Or not that many.” Above all the tributes made to her late husband’s achievements and qualities, she said: “What I would really like you to remember is: We have loved since before forever.”

Earlier, the Rector of Adare, the Rev Greg Evans also referred, in his homily, to the extraordinary bond of love that was evident between Lord Dunraven and his wife. “This was one of the most amazing love stories of our time,” he said. “It has left an indelible impression on all of us who have experienced it.”

The late Thady Windham Thomas Wyndham Quin, 7th Earl of Dunraven and Mount Earl, who died last Friday, was an unique man, Rev Evans said. “We have all been influenced by this incredible man.” And he wondered aloud whether Lord Dunraven, in fixing to meet him at 5pm this Friday, April 1, was having a last laugh.

The service included readings, prayers, poems and tributes from other friends and family members. In the days before his death, the congregation heard, Lord Dunraven had discussed the details with his wife. It was fitting then that the service booklet was bookended by two adages which encapsulated Lord Dunraven’s philosophy. “Shoot for the moon: even if you miss, you will land among the stars” and “Laughter is the best medicine and always remember, nothing is impossible.”

The service ended with Lord Dunraven’s daughter, Lady Ana Johnson reading two poems. “So Dad,” she concluded, “I hope you are OK. If you are OK, then I’m OK. I’ll see you later, alligator.”

Lord Dunraven was buried in the Adare Manor cemetery.