18 Aug 2022

Community pays respects to Liam 'Chunky' O'Brien, of James Stephens and Kilkenny

Mourners honoured a hugely popular figure today


A guard of honour for the late Chunky O'Brien PICTURE Vicky Comerford

Former team mates, club officials, Kilkenny and the wider community have turned out to pay their respects to Liam 'Chunky' O'Brien, who died earlier this week.

As well as family, among them were James Stephens club chairman Paddy Neary, Kilkenny senior hurling manager Brian Cody, as well as players of all generations from James Stephens and Kilkenny.

Mourners honoured the hurling great along a socially-distanced route on Thursday morning, en route from Johnston's Funeral Home to St Patrick's church, via John Street and Patrick Street. A reqiuem Mass for close friends and family was celebrated at the church.

Many tributes have been paid to Mr O' Brien during the week, with former GAA President Nickey Brennan, who hurled alongside him, describing 'someone that was adored by the Kilkenny supporters, mainly for his style in the way he played the game'.

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.