A VERITABLE who's who of GAA personalities turned out to pay their respects to football legend Mick O'Dwyer who last week laid his wife to rest.
Aged 71, mother-of-four Mary Carmel O'Dwyer died amongst family at the Bon Secours Hospital in Tralee last Wednesday following a long illness. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary earlier this year.
Speaking at his mother's funeral John O'Dwyer revealed that, despite his father's standing in GAA circles, his mother had little interest in the sport.
"She never watched matches, she never had any interest in them and she would go to bed when there were matches on. She would come downstairs then and ask, 'How did he get on?'
"If she was told that they'd lost, all she'd say was: 'Oh, 'ef' it, Bord Fáilte is around this summer!"
Mourners had travelled to Waterville from across the country to pay their respects at the family home at Murreigh and for the Requiem Mass at St Finan's Church. Several players from the golden years were in attendance, including Jack O'Shea, the Spillane brothers Pat, Tom and Mick, Ambrose O'Donovan, Ogie Moran, Charlie Nelligan, Eoin Liston, Seán Walsh, Mickey Ned O'Sullivan and Jimmy Deenihan.
Mary Carmel ran The Sea Lodge Hotel and the Villa Maria Pub. Her father, Dan O'Sullivan, owned a hardware shop in Waterville and was a well known undertaker for the area. Pre-deceased by her sister Noreen, she is survived by her loving husband Micko and sons Michael, John, Robbie and Karl.