'Banter, craic and storytelling were a key part of Ray’s life' - stars turn out at funeral to pay their respects to Irish legend Ray Treacy
Former Ireland international player Ray Treacy was a man who never wasted a second of his life, his funeral mass was told today.
Fr Tony Coote told mourners that despite his public life, it’s clear that where he found most contentment was with his wife Jenny and among the family.
“It’s a nice thought to realise that in the final days, he was surrounded by his loved ones, telling stories, having the craic amid the sadness.
“Banter, craic and storytelling were a key part of Ray’s life,” Fr Coote said.
Thousands of mourners attended the mass at the Church of St Laurence O’Toole, Kilmacud today.
Inside the church, the coffin was adorned by white lillies and a photo of Mr Treacy who died at the age of 68 last Friday.
The Dubliner scored five goals in 42 appearances for his country, and there was a massive turnout to say farewell to the popular player, who also ran a travel agency business prior to his retirement.
Among those who paid their respects were former Ireland managers Brian Kerry and Ray Staunton.
RTE pundits Liam Brady, John Giles, and Eamon Dunphy attended the funeral mass, as did Jimmy Magee.
Among the former international players were Terry Coroy, Paddy Mulligan, John Devine , Kevin Kilbane and Don Givens.
Prayers were said during the mass for the doctors and the nurses and staff at St Vincent’s University Hospital who cared for Mr Treacy during his short illness.