Friday 21 September 2018

Tributes pour in after death of 'wonderful servant to Tipp'

Tipperary ladies footballer star Rachel Kenneally in action at Croke Park. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Tipperary ladies footballer star Rachel Kenneally in action at Croke Park. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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heartfelt tributes have been paid to Tipperary ladies footballer Rachel Kenneally, who passed away at the age of 26.

Rachel - described as a "wonderful servant to Tipp" and a member of the team that lined out in the 2013 All-Ireland intermediate final at Croke Park (pictured) - died after a short illness and the shock news has stunned everyone in the game.

A native of Ballyglass, Tipperary town, Rachel was also a Giles Cup medallist in 2012 with Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, where she studied to become a primary school teacher.

Rachel – a Munster Minor ‘B’ Championship winner in 2009 and 2010 – made her debut for the Tipp seniors in 2009, and played until 2014.

Ladies Gaelic Football Association president Marie Hickey said: “All of us at the Association are deeply saddened to learn of Rachel’s untimely passing. Rachel was a wonderful servant to Tipperary ladies football and her club, Aherlow.

“A committed and talented player, Rachel wore the blue and gold of her county and the green and gold of her beloved Aherlow with distinction for many years.”

Tipperary manager Shane Ronayne said: “We are all proud to have had the opportunity to coach and play with Rachel, and very privileged to have known her as a person. She was a fantastic player and a wonderful character, full of life, humour and great courage. She will be sorely missed but forever remembered.”

Her funeral mass takes place today at 11.30 at St Michael’s Church, Tipperary with burial afterwards in St Michael’s Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations if desired to Cancer Research.

Irish Independent

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