Funeral of GAA manager Kevin Heffernan held in Dublin

The funeral of Kevin Heffernan
Image caption The funeral of Kevin Heffernan has taken place in Dublin

The funeral of Dublin Gaelic footballer and manager Kevin Heffernan has taken place in the St Vincent De Paul Church in Marino, Dublin.

Among who attended were former Dublin football managers Pat Gilroy and Tony Hanahoe, who spoke at the service.

GAA president Liam Ó Néill and broadcaster Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh also attended.

A number of political representatives attended ncluding Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.

Mr Heffernan was laid to rest in Sutton cemetery.

In his homily, Monsignor John Fitzpatrick spoke of Mr Heffernan's leadership and personal integrity.

Three flags were erected at the side of the altar - the Dublin flag, the St Vincent's GAA club flag and a flag presented to Mr Heffernan when he was given the Freedom of Dublin in 2005.

Image caption Kevin Heffernan leaves a lasting legacy as a manager of the great Dublin teams.

On Monday, a large crowd turned out to pay their respects to the 83-year-old, who passed away last week after a lengthy illness.

A giant of the GAA, he captained the Dublin footballers to All-Ireland victory in 1958.

He also won 21 county titles with his club, St Vincent's.

Mr Heffernan leaves behind a lasting legacy as manager of the great Dublin teams of the 1970s and 80s.

He is credited with breathing new life into football in Dublin and rescuing and reviving GAA in the capital.

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