Tuesday 19 September 2017

Some 15,000 line the streets to pay respects to legendary Galway hurler Tony Keady

FINAL JOURNEY: The remains of Galway legend Tony Keady arrive at the Church in Oranmore. Photo: Andrew Downes
FINAL JOURNEY: The remains of Galway legend Tony Keady arrive at the Church in Oranmore. Photo: Andrew Downes

Darragh Small

The Tipperary team which battled for All-Ireland glory with Galway in the late 1980s were among thousands of mourners who yesterday paid respect to Tony Keady.

An estimated 15,000 mourners filed past the coffin and expressed sympathy to the family of the former Hurler of the Year who died last Wednesday night after he suffered a sudden illness.

Galway great Tony Keady. Photo: Andrew Downes
Galway great Tony Keady. Photo: Andrew Downes

Team manager Michael 'Babs' Keating led his Tipperary squad, who travelled to Oranmore to pay their respects to a hurler they had battled against in a gripping and often compelling rivalry.

Galway won their second All-Ireland title in a row in 1988 - and only their fourth in history.

The Tipperary squad were greeted on arrival by an emotional Cyril Farrell, who was the Galway manager in the 1980s, along with former Galway hurlers Sylvie Linnane, Brendan Lynskey, Steve Mahon and Martin Naughton.

Mr Keady (53) worked as a caretaker at Calasanctius College in the village. He died last Wednesday night after becoming seriously ill at his home at Frenchfort in Oranmore in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Tony Keady at home with some of his trophies. Picture: Hany Marzouk
Tony Keady at home with some of his trophies. Picture: Hany Marzouk

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He is survived by his wife Margaret, daughter Shannon (15), sons Anthony (13) and twins Jake and Harry (11).

Hurlers and GAA players from all over the country, including Clare’s Ollie Baker, Brian Whelehan from Offaly and Cork’s Tomas Mulcahy, queued for hours to pay their respects, along with dozens of Tony Keady’s former Galway and Killimordaly teammates.

The current Galway senior and minor squads, both of whom have qualified for All-Ireland finals next month, privately paid their respects before members of the public began arriving at lunchtime.

He was brought to Renville Cemetery following his funeral mass at 2pm in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Oranmore.

Sunday Independent

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