Farrell's fond farewell to grandfather
09:30 18 May 2005
Colin Farrell paid an emotional farewell to his grandfather in a moving poem at his funeral on Monday (16.05.05).
The 'S.W.A.T.' star, renowned for his wild partying, showed his softer side as he joined his family at a Dublin church to pay tribute to grandfather Jimmy Monaghan.
Farrell, 29, described "Gentleman Jim" - who died aged 89 last Thursday after a long illness - as "the truest father and the greatest man".
During a moving eulogy delivered to over 100 mourners gathered at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church he said: "Grandad was the original family man.
"He would never curse, so it's fitting I should be standing in front of you today."
Colin then went on to read out a poignant poem he had penned for his grandfather.
The 'Alexander' star, currently shooting a movie adaptation of hit TV series, 'Miami Vice', jetted in from Hollywood especially for the service.
Colin, who was also a pall bearer at the memorial mass, spoke fondly about his grandfather after the birth of his 18-month old son, with former girlfriend, model Kim Bordenave.
He joked at the time: "I took my son, James, to meet him when he was nine weeks old and my grandad said, 'She's a lovely girl.'"
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