Thursday 27 June 2019

Stalwart: Dublin stars pay their respects to the Blue Panther

Tribute: Twins Laura and Niamh Leacy, who are nieces of the late Anton O’Toole, hold a photo of their uncle playing for Dublin at the funeral home where he is reposing in Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Tribute: Twins Laura and Niamh Leacy, who are nieces of the late Anton O’Toole, hold a photo of their uncle playing for Dublin at the funeral home where he is reposing in Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Some of Dublin's most celebrated GAA stars of past and present have paid their respects to football legend and 'Blue Panther' Anton O'Toole.

More than 100 mourners gathered at Fanagans Funeral Home in Kimmage yesterday to offer their condolences to Mr O'Toole's family.

Among them were members of Dublin's current senior team, including Cian O'Sullivan, Jack McCaffrey, Jonny Cooper and Michael Fitzsimons.

Anton's sister Nuala Leacy told the Irish Independent she was "immensely grateful" to everyone who offered their support, especially to Mr O'Toole's former clubmates in Templeogue Synge Street.

Ms Leacy's twin daughters, Laura and Niamh (21) from Walkinstown, credited their uncle with their obsession with Gaelic football.

"He had such an impact on our lives that wherever we went we were always introduced not as Niamh or Laura, but as Anton O'Toole's nieces," recalled Niamh.

Laura said they would play their next game on Wednesday in honour of their uncle. Mr O'Toole's funeral takes place at the Church of St Paul of the Cross in Mount Argus today at 1.30pm.

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