Thursday 29 September 2016

Hundreds pay respects to GAA legend Peter Keogh

Published 03/03/2016 | 19:04

The late Peter Keogh
The late Peter Keogh

Hundreds of mourners today paid their respects to a GAA legend in Co Wicklow.

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The village of Kiltegan came to a standstill as a steady stream of shuttle buses ferried hundreds of mourners to the funeral of Peter Keogh.

John Keogh and Wicklow Football team manager Johnny McGee at the funeral of Wicklow Gaa President Peter Keogh at St Brigid's Church, Talbotstown, Co Wicklow. Picture: Garry O'Neill
John Keogh and Wicklow Football team manager Johnny McGee at the funeral of Wicklow Gaa President Peter Keogh at St Brigid's Church, Talbotstown, Co Wicklow. Picture: Garry O'Neill

The much-loved and respected president of Wicklow GAA ­- and reporter with the Wicklow People newspaper - died, aged 86, following a brief battle with cancer during which he continued to write his popular “Keogh’s Corner” column.

Some 500 mourners, including his sister Kathleen, daughters Josie and Breda, neighbours and GAA officials and members from across Ireland attended the celebration of his life today.

Renowned tenor Des Willoughby sang “Amazing Grace” before he was laid to rest at Tynaclash cemetery.

More than 2,000 people had attended his wake the night before.

His close friend, Wicklow GAA County Chairman Martin Coleman, said: “He certainly was a legend.”

Aside from still working as a journalist and local GAA president virtually up to his death, Mr Keogh was loved on and off the pitch.

He lost his wife Mary eleven years ago but he was a true family man and gentleman who was charming, modest and down to earth, he said.

“He was a once-off person. He had a great way of communicating, especially with young people”, he said.

He was also a real charmer, he said, recalling how at the age of 84 he managed to charm his way into getting tickets for Katie Taylor’s gold medal-winning bout at the London Olympics in 2012.

“Nothing stood in his way but everybody bought into Peter Keogh,” he said.

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