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'Thanks for a wonderful legacy' - priest hails Father Ted star Pat

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The coffin of Pat Laffan is carried from St Michael’s Church, Dun Laoghaire

The coffin of Pat Laffan is carried from St Michael’s Church, Dun Laoghaire

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

The coffin of Pat Laffan is carried from St Michael’s Church, Dun Laoghaire

Mourners at the funeral of veteran actor Pat Laffan learned how his last ever project was called Laid To Rest.

"That's what we're here to do today, to lay Pat to rest," parish priest Fr Paul Kenny told the congregation at St Michael's Church in Dun Laoghaire yesterday.

He said the aptly-named work was now in post-production as he hailed Laffan's acting career, which spanned decades.

There were moments of humour that punctuated the sadness for mourners at the mass.

Blessed

"Pat might have been impatient and intolerant and not always polite, but he's been blessed with a magnificent turnout today," the congregation was told, to chuckles all around.

The comment followed a reading from a poem by one of Laffan's favourite poets, Wendy Cope.

"If invited to read a poem, just read the bloody poem.

"If requested to sing a song, just sing it, as suggested.

"Yes, I was impatient and intolerant, and not always polite.

"And if there aren't many people at my funeral, it will probably serve me right."

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John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

John Kavanagh

Fr Kenny told the congregation that he felt inadequate having looked back and seen the number of times that Laffan had played priests and even bishops throughout his long career.

"Looking over the weekend through the catalogue of Pat's work, I felt somewhat inadequacy because I found that on at least six occasions he played the part of a priest," he said.

"And twice a bishop, so I don't thing being a parish priest quite cuts the mustard."

The comment was met with laughter by the scores of people who packed the church to say their final farewells.

"He had a tremendous career, spanning generations," added Fr Kenny.

Laffan was remembered not just for his acting career but for his directing and mentoring.

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Geraldine Plunkett

Geraldine Plunkett

Geraldine Plunkett

"He's someone who passed on the craft in a sense to those who have come after him," said Fr Kenny.

"We give thanks for the wonderful legacy Pat that has left us in so many memorable characters."

The actor, best known for his role as Pat Mustard in Father Ted, was a tour de force on the small screen and stage. He died last week at the age of 79.

Prayers were offered for his late wife Eileen.

Actor Barry McGovern was among those to give a reading at the funeral.

Glittering

Actors Sean McGinley, Geraldine Plunkett, John Kavanagh along with Phelim Drew, son of Ronnie Drew, were among those to pay their respects. Colin Farrell's brother Eamon was also in attendance.

Among a glittering array of films, Laffan also appeared in hits such as Warhorse, The Queen, Intermission and The General.

After the funeral mass, the actor's remains were taken to Mount Jerome Crematorium.

Following the news of Laffan's death, Father Ted writer Graham Linehan led tributes, writing: "Rest in peace, Pat, a pleasure to work with you."


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