Monday 25 September 2017

Niall Quinn pays tribute to hurler dad and 'great husband'

Billy Quinn’s wife Mary and son Niall arrive at the church in Killenaule, Co Tipperary. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Billy Quinn’s wife Mary and son Niall arrive at the church in Killenaule, Co Tipperary. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Mick Galwey, former Munster and Ireland rugby player, at the funeral of Billy Quinn at St Marys Church, Killenaule, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Valerie Roe at the funeral of Billy Quinn at St Marys Church, Killenaule, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Graham Clifford

Soccer legend Niall Quinn paid an emotional tribute to his late father, the All Ireland winning Tipperary hurler Billy, describing him as "a great man, a great father and a great husband".

Addressing mourners at St Mary's Church in Killenaule, Co Tipperary, the former Republic of Ireland striker told how "Billy - the husband" was arguably his father's greatest role.

"My mother and father's life together is a love story and I truly believe it will continue when they are reunited again. Daddy told Mammy how much he loved her every day of their life together."

He told how his parents eloped before returning to live in Dublin and then eventually settling back in Tipperary a decade ago.

"Daddy said moving home to Tipperary was his greatest decision and the support we've all received since he became ill 10 days ago has been overwhelming."

Among the mourners were rugby's Mick Galwey, ex-Cork hurler Tomas Mulcahy and Mick Byrne, former Republic of Ireland physio. Also there were Br Kevin Crowley of the Capuchin Day Centre, hotelier Louis Fitzgerald, former Kerry footballer Seanie Walsh and the Irish Independent's Vincent Hogan. A flag from Faughs GAA, for whom Billy played for many years, was draped over the coffin.

Irish Independent

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