FOR the first time ever, a joint guard of honour was provided by the three city GAA clubs at the funeral of a wonderful woman who has provided players, coaches and officials to James Stephens, Dicksboro and O’Loughlin Gaels GAA clubs.
All three clubs provided their U-14 squads to flank the hearse carrying the remains of the 80 year old as it arrived at St.John’s Church, Dublin Road on Thursday morning. It struck a chord with mourners and is a testament to the deep bonds that exist between the clubs, despite their great rivalry on the field.
It was a mark of respect to the late Mrs May Tyrrell (nee Kavanagh), 15 O’Loughlin Road, Kilkenny, wife of the president of the Village GAA Club, Sean Tyrrell. Mrs.Tyrrell, who was in her eighty first year, passed away, peacefully, at her home, after a period of ill health. Her soulmate, Sean, for over 50 years has been a mainstay of the James Stephens club, current president and former long serving club delegate to the Kilkenny Co. Board, ever since being a member of the club’s Kilkenny junior championship winning side of 1955, and captaining Kilkenny to an All-Ireland Junior title in 1956. Through their parents, the Tyrrell children, Michael, Matthew, Brian, Sean, Noel, Mary, Denis, Madeline, Veronica, Eamon, Paddy and Gerry; hold a unique place in Kilkenny GAA circles. They have served all three city clubs with distinction down through the years, The obsequies were attended by the Mayor, Cllr Sean O’hArgain and May’s son, Brian is the town Clerk for the city, based in The Tholsel.