Removal tribute at The Cross for Cork icon Noelle

Removal tribute at The Cross for Cork icon Noelle

The hearse, carrying the remains of former Cork icon Noelle Feeney stops outside Turner’s Cross Stadium, where Cork City fans gathered to pay their respects. Pictures: Jim Coughlan

APPLAUSE rippled through the crowds of mourners who gathered to pay their respects to Noelle Feeney last night, as her coffin passed the home of her beloved Cork City FC.

Ms Feeney, an icon of the club, was laid to rest today following a funeral mass at the Church of the Assumption in Ballyphehane. At her removal last night, a host of former players, fans and coaching staff lined the route as the hearse carrying her coffin passed by the Turners Cross stadium.

Fans held up Cork City FC scarfs and showed their appreciation by applauding the woman who dedicated so much of her life to the club.

Former City manager Damien Richardson flew in from London for the removal and was joined by TV3 sports commentator Trevor Welch.

Ms Feeney was once named as one of the top 10 women in the world of football and she worked tirelessly for more than two decades for the club she loved.

Since her death on Monday, tributes have poured in for Ms Feeney, who spearheaded the Cork City Official Supporters Group for 25 years.

She was also renowned for her charity fundraising efforts, most notably for Friends of Marymount.

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