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Monday 5 December 2016

Traffic comes to standstill for Christy

Published 12/01/2016 | 02:30

Christy O'Connor Jnr. Photo: Andrew Downes
Christy O'Connor Jnr. Photo: Andrew Downes
Christy O’Connor Jr’s wife Ann looks on during his removal the Church of St John the Apostle in Knocknacarra, Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Hundreds of people queued to pay their respects as Christy O'Connor Jnr left his beloved Knocknacarra for the final time yesterday evening.

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The golfer's wife Ann, son Nigel and daughter Ann, and extended family members, greeted mourners for over four hours at St Anthony's Room within the Church of St John the Apostle in Knocknacarra, where the Ryder Cup hero lay in repose.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, businessman Ben Dunne and GAA commentator Micheal O Muircheartaigh were among the mourners who queued throughout the afternoon before removal to Galway Cathedral.

The deceased golfer's uncle, 91-year old Christy O'Connor Snr, was unable to attend the removal and sent his condolences from his Dublin home.

A family member said Christy Snr, who had nurtured his nephew and had turned him into a Ryder Cup star like himself, was extremely upset at the sudden death of his protégé.

Traffic came to a standstill on the west of the city as Mr O'Connor was taken from Knocknacarra to the city centre.

Thousands of people are expected to attend his funeral mass at noon today.

Irish Independent

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