Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Tributes paid to football legend

President Michael D Higgins led the tributes to Paidi O Se
President Michael D Higgins led the tributes to Paidi O Se

Paidi O Se, the former Kerry and all-Ireland footballer who died on Saturday, has been described as a true legend.

The 57-year-old father of three was found dead at his home in Ventry. It is believed he may have suffered a heart attack.

He was one of Kerry's most successful players and was one of the few footballers to win eight all-Ireland senior championship medals.

Irish President Michael D Higgins led the tributes to the sports star.

Mr Higgins said: "Paidi O Se had a reputation that went far beyond his great achievements in sport and far beyond the boundaries of his own beloved country. It was a great contribution and I send my sympathies to him and his family and all those related to him."

Kerry County chairman Patrick O'Sullivan said everyone in the area was heartbroken by the loss.

Sports Minister Michael Ring described it as a sad day for Ireland, the GAA, for Kerry and for Irish culture.

The minister said: "Paidi O Se was a legend in so many ways. As a footballer, as a manager, and as an exponent of Irish language and culture, Paidi had few rivals. "

Mr O Se also served as a senior football manager with Kerry, Clare and Westmeath.

He leaves behind his wife Maire and three children Neasa, Siun and Padraig Og.

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