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Funeral of ex-Cliftonville goalkeeper Paul Straney takes place in Downpatrick

By Adrian Rutherford

The funeral of a former Irish League goalkeeper has taken place in Co Down.

Paul Straney passed away suddenly last Thursday.

The 42-year-old from Downpatrick made 179 appearances for Cliftonville. He also had spells with Glenavon, Newry City, Glentoran and Telford United.

Requiem Mass took place at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick, followed by interment in Struell Cemetery.

Mr Straney is survived by his partner Grainne, brother David and sisters Tracey, Nuala and Aimee.

A family death notice said his passing was "very deeply regretted by his sorrowing partner, brother, sisters, granny, nephews, nieces and entire family circle".

At the weekend Cliftonville players paid tribute to Mr Straney before their Danske Bank Premiership match with Glentoran.

A minute's applause was held ahead of kick-off, while players wore black armbands as a mark of respect.

Reds chairman Gerard Lawlor said: "Paul served the club with distinction and pride - not only was he a top goalkeeper, he was also a true character and great human being as well."

Linfield Manager David Healy at the funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Linfield Manager David Healy at the funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Ryan Catney , Joe Gormley and Declan O'Hara during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. The 42 year old passed away last Thursday, He Made 179 appearances for Cliftonville, and had spells with Glenavon, Newry, Glentoran and Telford Utd. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Cliftonville Chairman Gerard Lawlor during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Mourners at the funeral of former Cliftonville goalkeeper Paul Straney
Mourners at the funeral of former Cliftonville goalkeeper Paul Straney
Loss: Paul Straney
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Linfield Manager David Healy at the funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Ryan Catney , Joe Gormley and Declan O'Hara during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. The 42 year old passed away last Thursday, He Made 179 appearances for Cliftonville, and had spells with Glenavon, Newry, Glentoran and Telford Utd. Pic Pacemaker
Family and Friend during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Cliftonville Chairman Gerard Lawlor during the Funeral of former Cliftonville Player Paul Straney at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Monday. Pic Pacemaker
Mourners at the funeral of former Cliftonville goalkeeper Paul Straney
Mourners at the funeral of former Cliftonville goalkeeper Paul Straney
Loss: Paul Straney

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