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Thousands attend funeral of former Galway hurling star Tony Keady

Thousands attend funeral of former Galway hurling star Tony Keady

Thousands of people attended the funeral of former Galway hurling star Tony Keady in Oranmore this afternoon.

The 53-year-old double All-Ireland winner died suddenly after taking ill earlier this week.

Last Sunday, he had attended Croke Park with his family and witnessed the Galway minor and senior victories.

Former team mates and players from GAA communities all over Ireland paid their respects to the legendary hurler at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Oranmore.

The chief mourners were Tony's wife Margaret and their four children.

Team manager Michael 'Babs' Keating led his Tipperary squad, who travelled to Oranmore to pay their respects to a hurler they had battled against in a gripping and often compelling rivalry.

Galway won their second All-Ireland title in a row in 1988 - and only their fourth in history.

The Tipperary squad were greeted on arrival by an emotional Cyril Farrell, who was the Galway manager in the 1980s, along with former Galway hurlers Sylvie Linnane, Brendan Lynskey, Steve Mahon and Martin Naughton.

Mr Keady (53) worked as a caretaker at Calasanctius College in the village. He died last Wednesday night after becoming seriously ill at his home at Frenchfort in Oranmore in the early hours of Tuesday morning.