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Football pays tribute after Man Utd star Roy Keane's father dies

Tributes: Maurice Keane
Tributes: Maurice Keane
Roy Keane

By Ralph Riegel

Tributes have been paid to Maurice 'Mossie' Keane, the father of Irish football star and Manchester United legend Roy Keane, who has died in Cork.

Mr Keane, a father-of-five, suffered a stroke last year and died in the Heather Care facility on Wednesday.

He became famous due to his great pride in the remarkable sporting accomplishments of his son - and regularly attended Old Trafford to see Roy, captain Manchester United in their heyday.

Mr Keane often carried a large sheaf of photographs and challenged people to identify the football stars he was snapped with.

Mr Keane previously worked at the Sunbeam plant in Cork's Blackpool district.

He lived with his wife, Marie, in Mayfield before relocating to Rathpeacon to a property purchased for them by their son in the 1990s.

The couple have five children - Roy, Denis, Johnson, Pat and Hilary.

Mr Keane's Requiem Mass is to take place at 10am tomorrow at Farranree's Church of the Resurrection.

Tributes were paid by the FAI and Cork City, as well as Rockmount and Cobh Ramblers, where Roy Keane's career started. In a tweet, Cobh Ramblers said it wished "to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the late Maurice 'Mossie' Keane following his recent passing.

"Maurice's sons Roy, Denis and Pat all played for the club and he will be deeply missed. May he rest in peace."

Noel Mooney, general manager of the FAI, said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Roy and his family at this time."

Cork City FC offered the club's condolences to the grieving Keane family circle.

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