Kerry says goodbye to the GAA legend that was Paidi O Se
Hundreds attend funeral of GAA great in Ventry
Ventry came to a standstill on Tuesday as Kerry said goodbye to GAA legend Paidi O Se.
The All-Ireland winner’s daughter Siun read a poem in tribute to her dad as Irish sporting greats bade farewell to one of their own.
Mum Maire and children Siun, Nessa and Padraig Og were joined by a who’s who of Irish sport as the coffin was carried from his house across the road to Ventry Parish Church.
President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny were represented by their aides-de-camp Col Brendan McAndrew and Cmmdt Michael Treacy at the funeral of the 57-year-old.
Former Kerry manager Mick O’Dwyer, footballers Mick O’Connell, Ger Power, former supreme court judge Hugh O’Flaherty and rugby great Mick Galwey were amongst those in attendance.
At the wake in his family home on Monday, O Se’s eight All-Ireland medals lay on his Kerry jersey and graced his open casket.
Also there were former Irish PM Brian Cowen, current Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan, recent Kerry manager Jack O’Connor, players Mikey Sheehy and Paudie Lynch, Ogie Moran and Eoin Liston.
Cork football manager Conor Counihan was also present alongside Billy Morgan and Larry Tomkins.
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and former ministers Dick Spring and Gerry Collins also paid their respects.
Broadcaster and neighbour Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh told the Irish Times: “One of his greatest virtues was loyalty, and he was loyal to his culture, to his football and to his locality.
“He was always out promoting the Dingle peninsula as best he could and he was a big attraction in his own right. Everything he did in life, he gave it 100 per cent.”
GAA President Liam O’Neill led the Association’s tribute at Tuesday’s funeral.
He said: “There was hardly a person on the island of Ireland, never mind in the GAA, who did not recognise or know of Páidí Ó Sé, such was his contribution to the Association and to Irish life over a prolonged period.
“His excellence on the field of play in what was the greatest football team of all time still stands out to those of us who saw it and his passion for the game in no way ended with the completion of his playing days.
“His elevation to management, firstly at U21 level but then at senior, saw his reputation further embellished and he is one of the few people to have succeeded in claiming All-Ireland honors both as a manager and a player after a distinguished career that stretched far beyond his native Kerry.
“Páidí’s affection for the Irish language and Irish culture in general were other hall marks of a man who was steeped in the area he called home.
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