Saturday 31 January 2015

Video: GAA icon Heffo begins his final journey

Fiach Kelly

Published 29/01/2013 | 05:00

Jimm Keavney and Kevin Moran help carry the coffin at the removal service of Kevin Heffernan at the Church of the St Vincent De Paul, Griffith Avenue, Dublin. Photo: Collins
Ex-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern
Ex-Kerry boss Mick O'Dwyer
Broadcaster Micheal O Muircheartaigh
Former Dublin manager Pat Gilroy
Mary Heffernan (wife) and daughter Orla at the removal service of Kevin Heffernan

A short journey, but one that summed up a lifetime of achievement, and the greatness of a legacy to a city and to sport.

All-Ireland winning Dublin footballer and manager Kevin 'Heffo' Heffernan was brought to his removal service yesterday evening via the gifts he has left behind.

From St Francis Hospice in Raheny, Heffo's coffin travelled down the Howth Road, then onto Collins Avenue, before turning in for one last stop outside the home of Dublin GAA, Parnell Park, the place where he planned greatness for his sides.

From there, it was the short distance back onto the Malahide Road, passing the entrance to St Vincent's, his beloved club in Marino, and Clontarf Golf Club.

On a cold, drizzly evening, traffic stopped as the hearse turned down Griffith Avenue, with a folded Dublin flag on the coffin, but stopped just short of the entrance to the St Vincent De Paul Church at 5.40.

Heffo's coffin was taken from the hearse, to be carried the final few yards into the church.

He was carried firstly by members of Clontarf Golf Club, and then members of the great 1970s team he built towards All-Ireland success.

The team that created the ideal of 'The Dubs', made Hill 16 on a summer Sunday, and bequeathed an identity for a city and a county.

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