Former Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald has been laid to rest following a State funeral.

During his homily, Chief Celebrant Fr Enda McDonagh said Dr Fitzgerald was a 'man of hope'.

He was laid to rest beside his late wife Joan at Shanganagh Cemetery in Co Dublin.

Dr Fitzgerald, who was 85, died during the week following a short illness.

President Mary McAleese and Taoiseach Enda Kenny were among the mourners.

Dr Fitzgerald's ten grandchildren all played a role in the mass, which although a state funeral, had a very personal feel.

Hundreds gathered at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook for his State funeral, which began at 2.30pm.

The remains of Dr Fitzgerald were brought under a military Escort of Honour to Shanganagh Cemetery, where he will be buried.

The Taoiseach gave the first reading.

Prayers of the faithful were read by four of his grandchildren Garret, Doireann, Aoife and Ciara and also former president and human rights campaigner Mary Robinson and Peter Barry, former deputy leader of Dr FitzGerald's Fine Gael party.

Fr McDonagh told the congregation that in the hours before his death Dr Fitzgerald woke to see Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and President McAleese on television which he said was the culmination of what he had for so long struggled.

He said Dr Fitzgerald was a great integrator.