Wednesday 26 April 2017

Hundreds say goodbye to GAA legend

The coffin of former gaelic footballer Paidi O Se passes through Ventry, Co Kerry
The coffin of former gaelic footballer Paidi O Se passes through Ventry, Co Kerry

The world of GAA has said goodbye to one of its greatest sporting legends.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of former Kerry footballer Paidi O Se, who was remembered for his love of life, family, sport and politics.

His brother Tom told mourners it would have been the GAA star's wish to have so many of his friends in his home town of Ventry.

"He wanted to invite as many people as he could to Ventry. He was so proud of Ventry," said Mr O Se.

"So he has his wish, he has every friend that he possibly met over the years here."

O Se, an eight time All-Ireland senior football medal winner, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday from a suspected heart attack. The publican was 57.

The colourful footballer's life was celebrated at his funeral mass as friends, relations and sporting colleagues - including iconic broadcaster Micheal O Muircheartaigh, former player Micheal O Se and footballer Marc O Se - paid tribute to the legend and told a collection of stories from his life on and off the field.

He is survived by his wife Maire and three children Nessa, Siun and Padraig Og, who said every passing story about his dad had brought a smile.

Their hometown, a small seaside village near Dingle, was brought to a standstill as his coffin was carried the short distance to Ventry Parish Church from the family home, where a constant stream of mourners last night visited his family.

Members of his beloved Kerry and local Gaeltacht GAA teams lined the street as his coffin passed.

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