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Wednesday 17 September 2014

GAA community gathers to mourn Maureen Cooper

Kevin Hughes

Published 09/08/2014 | 02:30

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Kerry footballer Colm 'Gooch' Cooper, back left,  helps carry the remains of of his mother Maureen, at her removal from O'Shea's funeral home in Killarney on Friday evening. Picture by Don MacMonagle
Kerry footballer Colm 'Gooch' Cooper, back left, helps carry the remains of of his mother Maureen, at her removal from O'Shea's funeral home in Killarney on Friday evening. Picture by Don MacMonagle
Kerry football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice  and his wife Tina at the removal of the late Maureen Cooper (mother of Colm Cooper) at O'Shea's Funeral Home Killarney on Friday evening. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney)
Kerry football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his wife Tina at the removal of the late Maureen Cooper (mother of Colm Cooper) at O'Shea's Funeral Home Killarney on Friday evening. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney)
Former Irish Rugby International and Kerry footballer Mick Galwey at the removal of the late Maureen Cooper (mother of Colm Cooper) at O'Shea's Funeral Home Killarney on Friday evening. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney)
Former Irish Rugby International and Kerry footballer Mick Galwey at the removal of the late Maureen Cooper (mother of Colm Cooper) at O'Shea's Funeral Home Killarney on Friday evening. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney)

Thousands from the strong Kerry GAA community turned out to sympathise with the family of fotoballer Colm 'Gooch' Cooper on the death of their mother Maureen.

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It was a who's who of the great and the good of Kerry football and the wider GAA fraternity, as among the first to sympathise was former Kerry manager Pat O'Shea, eight-time All-Ireland medalist Mikey Sheehy and the legendary Mick O'Dwyer who was warmly embraced by Colm.

More than half an hour before O'Shea's Funeral Home was due to open to the public, the queue had already extended hundreds of yards along Cathedral Place, Killarney. They travelled from beyond the county bounds too and one of the first in line was Cork-based Munster Vice Chairman Jerry O'Sullivan, father of Diarmuid 'The Rock' O'Sullivan.

Further GAA dignitaries are expected in Killarney this morning, including GAA President Liam O'Neill who is due to attend a Requiem Mass at The Church of the Resurrection. Kerry County Board Chairman Pat O'Sullivan led the tributes yesterday to a woman who was widely respected in her native Ardshanavooley and across Killarney.

"Maureen and her late husband Mike were very proud of their children's achievements. Everyone knows the influence a mother has on a family and Maureen kept all their feet on the ground - they all achieved a lot in life and their sons and daughters are a credit to herself and Mike," he said.

A GAA fan all her life, Maureen, whose husband Mike died in 2006, is mourned by her children Danny, Mark, Geraldine, Mike, Vince, Karen and Colm. Maureen (nee O'Sullivan) Cooper will be laid to rest today at Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery following 10.30am Mass at The Church of the Resurrection on Park Road.

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