Sunday 20 August 2017

'Nicola is gone... but her baby Lily Rose will not want for love'

Nicola’s father Patrick Kenny and friends and relatives follow her coffin from the Cathedral of the Assumption in Thurles. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Nicola’s father Patrick Kenny and friends and relatives follow her coffin from the Cathedral of the Assumption in Thurles. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

Semple Stadium was decked out in blue and gold and Slievenamon was being belted out by a jubilant crowd who had gathered for the long-awaited homecoming of the victorious All-Ireland-winning hurlers, both seniors and minors.

But just a few streets away, in a house in Kennedy Park, so close that the celebrations would have been all too painfully audible, a family with a strong hurling pedigree of their own was reeling amid the devastation of the cruellest blow imaginable.

Nicola Kenny (26) was a grandchild of the former Tipp marksman Paddy Kenny, who won three All-Irelands in a row from 1949 onwards.

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