THE Cork City faithful have led the tributes to club superfan Aoife Linehan, who passed away this week.
The 30-year-old from Ballyphehane was a huge supporter of City and followed the team across the country.
Former City striker Seani Maguire, who is currently in top form for Preston North End in the Championship and set to feature for Ireland in tomorrow’s friendly away to Turkey, posted a picture he had taken with Aoife from last season.
“Very sad to hear that Cork City’s number 1 fan Aoife Lenihan has passed away. Thinking of her family and friends at this time,” said the Kilkenny native on Twitter.
City midfielder Gearóid Morrissey also hailed City’s ‘number one fan’:
“Very sad to hear CCFC’s number 1 fan and most loveable person Aoife passed away may she rest in peace thinking of her and her family today”.
Aoife attended her last City game at Turner’s Cross against Waterford in February.
Her sister Amanda explained she looked up to all the City players.
“She loved all the Cork City players and would never have a favourite. She idolised all of them.
“She worked with Aisling Day service, brothers of charity. She also loved art, drama and cooking and meeting celebs. She met many of the Home and Away stars and also Conor McGregor.”
Mick Ring, a member of City’s backroom, posted a picture on Twitter of a card Aoife had sent after last year’s double league and cup triumph.
“At the end of last season, Aoife Linehan sent every player and member of the backroom staff one of these. Appreciated then, and more so now that she has passed away. Turner’s Cross will be emptier without her. Rest in Peace Aoife x”
Aoife is reposing at Sullivan’s Funeral Home, Turner’s Cross. The rosary takes place Thursday night at 8pm, with the removal Friday at 6pm to the Church of the Assumption, Ballyphehane. The requiem mass is Saturday at 12pm.