'The loss is immense': Kieran O'Connor laid to rest 

'The loss is immense': Kieran O'Connor laid to rest 
Cork players lead the funeral cortege of the former Cork and Aghada player Kieran O'Connor through Aghada .Picture: Eddie O'Hare

All-Ireland medal winning Cork footballer and father of three Kieran O’Connor was laid to rest this afternoon.

A private Requiem Mass and funeral took place at St Erasmus Church in Aghada in line with the current guidelines and was streamed live, before he was laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in Whitegate.

The funeral cortege of the former Cork and Aghada player Kieran O'Connor from Aghada GAA club leading into Farsid/Rostellan.Picture: Eddie O'Hare
The funeral cortege of the former Cork and Aghada player Kieran O'Connor from Aghada GAA club leading into Farsid/Rostellan.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Mr O’Connor passed away peacefully on Wednesday at the age of 41, after a long illness. 

The Aghada clubman, who was part of the Rebels' 2010 All Ireland winning panel, had been battling a rare form of bone cancer for the past number of years.

Fellow Cork players and teammates of Kieran led the funeral cortege and formed guards of honour, and people lined the streets and roads to pay their respects. 

Family and friends carry the remains of former Cork and Aghada player Kieran O'Connor into St Erasmus church, Aghada.Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Family and friends carry the remains of former Cork and Aghada player Kieran O'Connor into St Erasmus church, Aghada.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Tributes from fellow club members, sports stars and the wider community flooded in following his death.

Former Cork football coach and fellow Aghada club man Conor Counihan led a string of tributes from Marty Morrissey, Jacqui Hurley, Ray Boyne and Bernard Brogan, to name a few.

Wreath at the funeral of the former Cork and Aghada player Kieran O'Connor.Picture: Eddie O'HareClubmate and former Cork All Ireland winning manager Conor Counihan at the funeral of Kieran O'Connor in Aghada.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Wreath at the funeral of the former Cork and Aghada player Kieran O'Connor.Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Wreath at the funeral of the former Cork and Aghada player Kieran O'Connor.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Clubmate and former Cork All Ireland winning manager Conor Counihan at the funeral of Kieran O'Connor in Aghada.Picture: Eddie O'HareGifts are carried into St Erasmus Church, Aghada for the funeral of former Cork and Aghada player Kieran O'Connor.Picture: Eddie O'HareAghada GAA chairman Jimmy O’Leary said he “will be sorely missed but never forgotten”.

“I admire him for the way he conducted himself, not only during his playing career but in how he dealt with the very serious medical issue he had," Mr O'Leary said. "He did it with dignity.

“The loss of Kieran O'Connor is immense to Aghada. Our thoughts are with his wife, Sinéad, and their three children. They were really an important part of Kieran's life.

"During the difficult time he had the past couple of years with the illness, he was so strong for his family." 

He is missed by his wife Sineád, children Isabelle, Ava and James, parents Pat and Mary, brothers of Pa, Johno and Ash and his extended family members, friends, work colleagues, all those at Aghada and Cork GAA and the wider community.

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