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Thursday 19 October 2017

Footballers bid farewell to nightclub king Krish Naidoo

Soccer royalty Brian Kerr, Chris Houghton, Gary Mabbutt and Liam Buckley chat at the funeral of Krish Naidoo
Soccer royalty Brian Kerr, Chris Houghton, Gary Mabbutt and Liam Buckley chat at the funeral of Krish Naidoo
Pat Jennings
Model Michelle McGrath
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Football legends, politicians and retired pageant queens gathered at the Church of the Scared Heart in Donnybrook to bid farewell to Krish Naidoo - the founder of the Miss Ireland contest.

Brian Kerr, Gary Mabbutt, Pat Jennings, Bertie Ahern, model boss Andrea Roche and former Miss Ireland Amanda Brunker were among the mourners.

South-African born Naidoo moved to Ireland in 1963 and established the Miss Ireland pageant. He also ran a succession of successful nightclubs in Dublin such as the Top Hat, roller disco Laurel Park and O'Connell Street's Rumours.

A skilled football player, Mr Naidoo had trials with Tottenham Hotspur but was advised by then-manager, Bill Nicholson, to "stick to your studies". He later became an associate director of the club.

Mr Naidoo studied science at Trinity College Dublin and pre-medicine at Queen's University, Belfast. He is credited with establishing Ireland's nightclub scene.

"The Irish gave me a good break, and I took chances," he said in an interview before his death.

He is survived by his wife, Lelia, and his children, Krishna, Rajah and Natalya.

Irish Independent

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