Kerry mourns the passing of Paidi O Se
December 18, 2012
Mourners came from all over Ireland to pay their respects to eight time All Ireland winner Paidi O Se. A constant stream of mourners attended the home of the sporting legend in Ard a Bhothair, where he lay in repose, his corpse adorned by his eight All-Ireland medals and a Kerry jersey.
Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan, who played alongside O Se for Kerry, spoke of his shock on hearing of the death of his friend.
Paidi died suddenly at home on Saturday morning of a suspected heart attack. He was 57.
"It's just so hard to comprehend," he said. "He was such a larger-than-life figure. It's hard to understand how he could have been taken so soon.
"Paidi was universally loved and very inoffensive and he was very much a one-off."
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said Paidi would easily have been elected a TD if he had decided to run.
"The world just stops a bit when a man like Paidi O Se dies," he said.
Members of Charlie Haughey's family also attended the wake, including his children Eimear Mulhearn, Conor and Ciaran.
Other well-known faces in attendance included former Tanaiste Dick Spring and his nephew, Kerry North-West Limerick TD Arthur Spring, and former Fianna Fail MEP Gerry Collins.
In the pub, Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody chatted to former Kerry players Eoin Liston and Ogie Moran.
Also in attendance were Cork manager Conor Counihan and former managers Billy Morgan and Larry Tompkins; former Kerry manager Jack O'Connor; legendary manager Mick O'Dwyer with his sons Karl, John, Haulie and Robbie; and All-Ireland winning Armagh manager Joe Kernan.
There was also a strong turnout of Kerry footballers who played alongside Paidi, including Tom, Mick and Pat Spillane, Timmy Dowd, Ambrose O'Donovan, Tommy Doyle, Paidi Lynch, Mikey Sheehy, Eoin Liston and Ogie Moran and current players Paul Galvin and Darran O'Sullivan. div>
Players from Westmeath including Dessie Dolan, David O'Shaughnessy and John Keane, who Paidi led to the Leinster title in 2004, also made the long journey to west Kerry.
Kerry County Council also paid tribute to the eight-times All-Ireland winner at its monthly meeting, where a minute's silence was observed.
Mayor of Kerry Terry O'Brien said he that was a larger-than-life character who had made a huge contribution to his native county.