TRIBUTES have been paid to a Keanes jewellers employee who was laid to rest today after he died following an incident in November in which he sustained serious head injuries.
Kevin McCarthy, aged 49, was a well-known jeweller in the city and helped countless couples pick engagement and wedding rings.
He has been remembered as a “gentleman” and “true gem”.
He was be buried today at St Michael's Cemetery in Blackrock following mass at the Church of the Assumption in Ballyphehane.
Mr McCarthy was discovered with head injuries on Travers Street between Sullivan's Quay and Douglas Street in the early hours of Sunday, November 26.
He was taken to Cork University Hospital by ambulance and had been under care since the incident.
In a statement, the company said Mr McCarthy had passed away “unexpectedly and all too soon”.
“All at Keanes are absolutely shocked and saddened by this devastating news. To all of those who have been in touch with us over the last few weeks, we really appreciate your support,” the statement said.
Mr McCarthy married his husband Philip Ludlow earlier this year and had survived a cancer battle in recent years.
Councillor Ken O'Flynn, who knew Mr McCarthy, said he always saw the best in people.
“He was an absolute gentleman. He was what we would regard here in Cork as salt of the earth. He put a smile on everybody's face, he always had a kind word for everyone and always had the best side out."
Mr McCarthy had previously worked as a barman in Dennehy's Bar on Cornmarket Street and hundreds of people flocked to the Keanes Jewellers Facebook page to pay tribute to him.