The community of Mahon has paid tribute to Cork City FC stalwart and youth worker John Kennedy who drowned while swimming off the coast of Youghal on Friday last.
Mr Kennedy who was an “exceptionally proud” volunteer and supporter of the club for over 30 years died after he got into difficulty in the water.
The popular man amongst the community in which he lived was also heavily involved in youth organisation Foróige.
In a post on social media, Holy Cross Catholic Church in Mahon, said that the church community was “deeply saddened and shocked” over the untimely death of Mr Kennedy.
Mr Kennedy previously served as a member and chairman of the Parish Assembly and was a Minister of the Eucharist who was also involved in “many more organisations and causes outside of Mahon”.
“Anyone who knew John, knew the love he had for his native Skibbereen and beautiful West Cork.
“John, we will miss you here at Holy Cross - your smile and friendly greetings to young and old. But we will always remember you with great affection.
“The sadness felt here in the parish and city wide is great but the loss to John's wife Christine, son Aaron, and daughter Grace and John's wider family is immense. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis,” the post read.
Founder of the Rainbow Club at Mahon Community Centre Karen O’Mahony and her husband John also paid tribute to Mr Kennedy who they described as a “friend” who was a wonderful support to them over the years.
“We are all shocked and saddened but for John and I, we have always considered John our friend and a wonderful support to us over the years,” Ms O’Mahony said.
“John has helped and supported our journey of raising awareness of autism over the years in the city and we are so grateful to have known and worked with him. Shine bright above us John and smile down on us as we all continue our journey you will be so sadly missed from our community in a Mahon,” she said.
A private family funeral will take place in accordance with current Covid-19 guidelines.