Tuesday 20 February 2018

Tributes after death of renowned photographer

Adrian Melia
Adrian Melia

Ian Begley

Tributes have been paid to much-loved sports photographer Adrian Melia, who passed away following a battle with cancer.

The well-known Kildare man died surrounded by his loving partner Jeannie and family members at the St Brigid's Hospice.

Mr Melia was celebrated for his photography in the 'Leinster Leader' where he worked for more than 20 years. He was renowned for his ability to capture great sporting moments, and his final assignment was a recent Kildare club game.

A number of fundraisers were organised to fund treatment for the Robertstown native, which saw several stars of Kildare sport turn out to share their memories and pay tribute to him.

The Friends of Adrian Melia fundraising group posted on social media after learning of his death.

The message read: "We have learned with great sadness that our dear friend Adrian Melia's hard-fought battle with illness is over.

"Our deepest sympathies to Adrian's family and to Jeannie, his partner. May he rest in peace."

Mr Melia's remains will repose at his mother Pattie's residence in Coolree today from 2pm, with rosary at 8pm.

His funeral Mass will take place tomorrow at 10.30am at Christ the King Church in Cooleragh at 11am.

Mr Melia will be buried in Allen Cemetery after the service.

Irish Independent

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