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Tributes as 'true gentleman who lived for GAA' Kettle is laid to rest

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Bryan Cullen and Paul Casey

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Kettle funeral

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Alan Brogan

Mourners have paid tribute to Dublin GAA chairman Andy Kettle who was laid to rest yesterday, describing him as "one of life's true gentleman" and a man who "lived and breathed GAA".

Family, friends and members of the Gaelic community gathered to pay their respects at the requiem Mass in St Brigid's Church, Rolestown, north Dublin.

Around 500 mourners attended the funeral of the former Fingal Ravens chairman.

Mr Kettle died on Tuesday evening after being admitted to hospital with pneumonia.

He had taken over as chairman of the Dublin county board in 2011, and oversaw the footballers winning two All-Ireland Senior Championships as well as numerous Leinster titles.

His youngest son, Eoin, described him as a "team player, one of life's true gentlemen" and "a man who was many things to different people, a brother, devoted husband, grandfather, manager, administrator and friend".

"December 21 was Andy's favourite day. It was on that date that the evenings started getting longer," said Eoin.

"We were hoping he'd battle on until this day, and maybe if he got that far might even turn a corner, but this didn't happen and Andy was short-changed."

Mr Kettle's coffin was decorated with a Dublin and Fingal Ravens jersey, and various gifts were laid beside the altar.

A moustache was placed beside the coffin to symbolise "the one thing everyone associated with him".

A picture of Howth harbour was also placed in memory of the times he spent there with his grandchildren.

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A piece of earth from his Warblestown home in Swords was also brought to the altar

Fr John Carey spoke of Mr Kettle's love for Gaelic football, and how despite being in the public eye "he never let the publicity go to his head".

Members of Fingal Ravens formed a guard of honour as the coffin was carried to the burial site not far from the church.

Several generations of Dublin players were present, including 1970s fullback Sean Doherty, 1980s goalkeeper John O'Leary and former selector Mickey Whelan.

Current Dublin stars in attendance included Alan Brogan, Bryan Cullen and Cian O'Sullivan as well as manager Paul Galvin.

Politicians past and present also attended the funeral, with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahearn paying their respects.

Mr Kettle is survived by his wife Phyllis, children Patrick, Peter, Eoin, Niamh, Orla and Ciara and grandchildren Cathal, Rory, Dearbhala and Evie.

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