Sunday 19 February 2017

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

Published 10/09/2016 | 02:30

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

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.

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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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