Monday 23 October 2017

Kerry football legend 'The Gooch' mourns beloved mother Maureen

Maureen Cooper pictured with her son Colm after Dr Crokes won the 2013 Kerry County
Championship final.
Maureen Cooper pictured with her son Colm after Dr Crokes won the 2013 Kerry County Championship final.
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Killarney is expected to come to a standstill tomorrow when the mother of Kerry GAA legend Colm "The Gooch" Cooper is laid to rest.

Hundreds of mourners will line the streets of the Co Kerry town to pay tribute to Maureen Cooper, who passed away yesterday at the age of 69 following a brave battle with cancer, with her seven beloved children at her side.

Among the mourners will be Colm's former team mates and friends from his local Dr Crokes club, who will form a guard of honour at her removal this evening and funeral tomorrow.

The removal will place from O'Shea's Funeral Home, Cathedral Place, Killarney this evening at 6.30 pm to The Church Of The Resurrection, Park Road, Killarney. 

The requiem Mass will take place tomorrow morning at 10.30 am, with the burial afterwards in Aghadode Lawn Cemetery.

The club has also cancelled its Division One county league match against Rathmore tonight as a mark of respect.

The team is also to mark a minute's silence at its next match in tribute to Mrs Cooper who was widely respected and renowned as a passionate supporter of the local and county clubs who took immense pride in the sporting acheivements of her superstar son "Gooch" and his four football-mad brothers Danny, Mike, Vince and Mark.

Among those leading tributes yesterday was former Kerry footballer-turned pundit Tomas O Se who said: "Anyone who knows Gooch will know how well the family were reared and Maureen's death at such a young age, just eight years after (late husband) Mike's passing at 61, seems terribly unfair."

Former Dr Crokes club chairman Vince Casey said Mrs Cooper - while nervous attending her sons' matches in case they injured themselves - fiercely supported them since they started playing football at the age of four or five.

"She'd go to the games but she wouldn't watch them until the very end," he said.

Irish Independent

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