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Dearly Missed Henry Shefflin remembers brother Paul's 'massive heart' at funeral

The Kilkenny hurler, who was the younger brother of Henry Shefflin, died suddenly while out running on Friday afternoon.

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Paul Shefflin

Paul Shefflin

Paul Shefflin had a “massive heart” and “was everyone’s favourite” person, his funeral heard this afternoon.

The Kilkenny hurler, who was the younger brother of Henry Shefflin, died suddenly while out running on Friday afternoon.

The father-of-four was laid to rest at Ballyhale cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, with a funeral mass taking place beforehand at St. Martin of Tours Church.

At the beginning of the service, Paul’s children Beibhinn, Odhran, Keelan, and someone on behalf of baby Ronan each brought offertory gifts up to the altar.

They included a Marvel comic, his All-Ireland winning jersey signed by teammates, a calculator, and a family photograph, which represented “the most valued aspect” of Paul’s life.

Hurling legend Henry Shefflin later spoke to the congregation about how loved his younger brother was by all who knew him.

He began his emotional address as he held back tears: “I am Henry Shefflin and I’m Paul Shefflin’s brother. I’m very proud to be able to say that.

“Paul was very, very close to me and I’m just honoured to speak on his behalf, and obviously very saddened.

“Paul was everyone’s favourite. No one ever talked about it but we all knew.

“He was a lovable rogue. He was the best of our family by a country mile. He was the most liked person in the family, both within and outside. He was the nicest of all the Shefflins.

“He was an uncle to 17 nieces and nephews. He slagged them endlessly and I think they slagged him a little bit as well. I can safely say that he was, without a doubt, their favourite uncle. Like every other aspect of his life, he excelled in this role and they’ll miss him dearly.

Henry said that that Paul’s “massive heart” and “character” left him with friends for life.

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“Paul was a friend to so many, we can’t begin to name them individually. He was a friend to young and old.

“Friends from primary school in Ballyhale, secondary school in St Kieran’s, and all those mad lads in WIT. He continued to hold those friendships into his adult life.

“We really want you to hold on to those memories of Paul,” he added.

Paul’s eldest daughter Beibhinn followed her uncle’s speech and told the funeral how lucky she was to call the 40-year-old her dad.

“There are many things to say about my dad; how he was occasionally level-headed, how spirited he was, how clever and witty he was in the worst and best of times,” she said.

“There are many ways to describe the man I’m lucky enough to call my dad. But most of all, I remember him as the person who devoted his life to loving and supporting the people who were lucky enough to call him their family and friend.

Beibhinn was met with a round of applause as she concluded: “Myself and many others would be lucky to turn out [to be half] the person my dad was.”

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