Vera Cosgrave

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Vera Cosgrave
Cosgrave in 1976
Veronica Louise Osborne

(1926-03-11)11 March 1926
Naas, County Kildare, Ireland
Died15 September 2016(2016-09-15) (aged 90)
Tallaght, Ireland
Resting placeGoldenbridge Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
Alma materTrinity College Dublin
Known forSpouse of the Taoiseach (1973–1977)
(m. 1952)
Children3, including Liam T.
RelativesW. T. Cosgrave (father-in-law)

Veronica Louise Cosgrave (née Osborne; 11 March 1926 – 15 September 2016) was an Irish public figure as the wife of Liam Cosgrave, who served as Taoiseach from 1973 to 1977.

Early life[edit]

Veronica Louise Osborne was born in Naas, County Kildare, on 11 March 1926. Her mother was the former Helen Cunningham. Her father, Joseph W. Osborne, was a horse trainer based at Craddoxtown House. Her brother Paddy Osborne was also a horse trainer.[1]

Political life[edit]

Osborne married Liam Cosgrave on 16 April 1952. At the time, Cosgrave was a government minister; he rose to the position of Leader of Fine Gael and Taoiseach in 1973. She accompanied him to the United States for a state visit in 1976, during the American Bicentennial.[2][3] Vera Cosgrave also worked in public relations.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Vera and Liam Cosgrave had three children, including Liam T. Cosgrave, a Fine Gael politician. She died in Dublin on 15 September 2016, aged 90 years.[5] Her gravesite is at Goldenbridge Cemetery in Inchicore.[6]


  1. ^ O'Hehir, Tony (5 October 2017). "Racing pays tribute to former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave". Racing Post. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  2. ^ Sheehy, Clodagh (29 December 2006). "When we could barely afford to send our Taoiseach to America". Irish Independent. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Ireland's Prime Minister Flies to U.S. on 6-Day Visit". The New York Times. 17 March 1976. p. 82 – via ProQuest.
  4. ^ "A Dour Irishman of Firm Beliefs: Liam Cosgrave". The New York Times. 3 March 1973. p. 3. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  5. ^ Collins, Stephen (19 September 2016). "Vera Cosgrave remembered at her funeral in Dublin". The Irish Times. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  6. ^ "The death has occurred of Vera Cosgrave (née Osborne)". 16 September 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2021.