Cork City mourn loss of legend and their number one fan Noelle

Cork City mourn loss of legend and their number one fan Noelle

Noelle Feeney, with Cork City FC memorabillia at her home in Ballyphenane. Picture: Eddie O’Hare

CORK City FC was in mourning today after the death of club legend Noelle Feeney.

The club's number one fan passed away yesterday morning at Marymount.

Tributes have been pouring in for Noelle, who spearheaded the Cork City Official Supporters Group for more than 25 years.

Inextricably linked with the club, she was also renowned for her fundraising efforts for a number of charities in Cork, most notably the Friends of Marymount.

She has been praised for her warmth and generosity, her commitment to these causes and for her pride in her city and her club.

Dan Cowman, chairman of the Friends of Marymount, said that Noelle's efforts will be sorely missed by all associated with the charity.

"She was involved in the organsiation for many years," he said.

"She did so much fantastic work. She was a dedicated fundraiser who put an awful lot of work into everything that she did."

Noelle was involved in all aspects of fundraising with the charity, working with them until quite recently.

"We had been in touch with her right up until just before Christmas,"

Mr Cowman said.

"Noelle knew everyone; she had an amazing book of contacts and everyone that met her just warmed to her.

"She was a very likeable character, very hard working and very committed. She will be sorely missed."

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Des Cahill, also joined the tributes.

"Noelle was a massive contributor to a huge number of organisations in the city," he said.

"She was always giving, always enthusiastic."

He praised her efforts in terms of her sporting and charitable achievements.

Mr Cahill said, "She will be very badly missed for her contributions to so many important organisations in the city, including Marymount and Cork City FC.

"She will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with her family."

Independent councillor Mick Finn said that Noelle deserves her place among sporting greats in Cork.

Mr Finn lived close to her in Ballyphehane.

He said, "When we think of sporting legends in Cork, we might automatically think of hurlers, footballers, rugby players or athletes, but Noelle Feeney was a one such sporting legend.

"Her love and passion for Cork City FC was renowned throughout the country and she was admired greatly for her dedication."

Noelle is survived by her son John, her loving family and a large circle of friends.

Her removal takes place from O'Sullivan's Funeral Home to the Church of the Assumption in Ballyphehane at 8pm tonight with funeral at noon tomorrow.

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