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A final farewell for much-loved former postmaster and GAA clubman

Wednesday, 6th May, 2020 12:47pm
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A final farewell for much-loved former postmaster and GAA clubman

Photo: Ray Ryan

A final farewell for much-loved former postmaster and GAA clubman

Photo: Ray Ryan

RELATIVES, friends and neighbours lined the path around Circular Road on Tuesday morning as longtime resident and former Tuam Postmaster Neil O’Dea made the final trip past the doorway of the post office, and his house next door.
There has been a massive outpouring of sympathy and support for his large family and extended family following the death of the 93-year-old in Greenpark Nursing Home on Saturday evening.
A star footballer in his native county of Tipperary, Neil and his wife Tilly have been huge supporters of Tuam Stars since they moved to Tuam in the 1970s. Neil was Club President up to his death.
The Tipp and Tuam Stars flags were draped over his coffin and the sadness of his death for members and players was reflected in the numbers honouring him on Tuesday, as the cortege passed by as well as posting tributes online.
Club members formed a guard of honour outside Tuam Cathedral and escorted the remains to the cemetery.
In adherence to the coronavirus restrictions, only immediate family members attended the private funeral mass in Tuam Cathedral.

Jim Carney's 'This Sporting Life' series featured an article on Neil that was first published in The Tuam Herald in January 2017. It has been updated and reproduced in full this week's edition of The Tuam Herald, in shops and online www.tuamherald.ie

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