Sunday 28 December 2014

Colm Cooper's mother passes away

John O'Mahony

Published 07/08/2014 | 15:30

Kerry's Colm Cooper
Kerry's Colm Cooper

KERRY GAA hero Colm Cooper has lost his greatest fan.

His beloved mother, Maureen, passed away at home at 8 o’clock this morning following an illness.

Mrs Cooper, who was in her 60s, was a passionate Dr Crokes and Kerry supporter who took great pride in the sporting achievements of her superstar son and the other members of her talented sporting family.

From her home in Ardshanavooley, Killarney, with her late husband Mike, Mrs Cooper reared seven children, five football-mad sons and two daughters.

Sons Danny, Mike, Vince, Mark and Colm all went on to star for Dr Crokes at all levels and daughters, Geraldine and Karen, were never far from the action when the boys were playing, proudly wearing their colours when the club or county took to the field.

Whenever Crokes or Kerry achieved championship success, Mrs Cooper was among the first on to the pitch to congratulate and embrace Colm.

Her husband, Mike, passed away suddenly in April 2006, at the age of 61.

It was not until recent years that Mrs Cooper started attending games as she had always preferred to remain at home waiting to hear the result and saying a silent prayer that her sons would return injury free, with bags packed of football gear to wash and press.

“I think she just gets nervous,” Colm once explained.

“If I got a big shoulder out the field, she’d nearly take the shoulder for me.”

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