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JOE KELLY, who died peacefully at home in Stillorgan yesterday after a long illness, was a former Sports Editor of the Irish Independent. He was 71.

Educated at Synge Street CBS, Joe started his career in journalism with the Gaelic Weekly before moving to the Evening Herald. As Deputy Sports Editor of the Herald he was central to the change over from broadsheet to tabloid, and was later appointed Sports Editor of the Independent.

A keen sportsman all his life, he was an accomplished soccer player with Home Farm, and later took up golf. A founder member of the Dublin Journalists Golf Society, he was also a former captain.

He was involved with Pat Ruddy's European Club from the beginning, and was handicap secretary there.

Joe was heavily involved with the Lakelands Residents' Association for many years, and even attended a meeting last Tuesday night. He was also involved with the Lakelands Rounders teams in the Community Games.

He is survived by his wife Molly, sons Mark and Kieran, daughters Linda and Sandra, and nine grandchildren.

Removal Tuesday afternoon to the Victorian Chapel at Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold's Cross, arriving for 2o'c Funeral Service, followed by cremation. SR

Irish Independent