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Monday 26 September 2016

'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

The Coffin is carried into St Lawerence O'Tooles Church in Kilmacud for the funeral of Ray Treacy
The Coffin is carried into St Lawerence O'Tooles Church in Kilmacud for the funeral of Ray Treacy
Jenny, (red jacket) and Lisa Treacy at the funeral of their husband and father, Ray Treacy at St Lawerence O'Tolles Church in Kilmacud
Jenny Treacy at the funeral of her husband, Ray
Brian Kerr and Don Givens at the funeral of Ray Treacy
Brian Kerr and Don Givens at the funeral of Ray Treacy
Babs Keating, former Tipperary hurler arrives for the funeral of Ray Treacy
Ryle Nugent, Head of RTE Sport arrive for the funeral of Ray Treacy
Eamon Campbell and Jimmy Magee arrive for the funeral of Ray Treacy
Pat Hickey, Olympic council of Ireland president arrives for the funeral of Ray Treacy
Sly Fox at the funeral of Ray Treacy
Former Ireland footballers, Terry Conlan, Paddy Mulligan and John Devine at the funeral of Ray Treacy
Christy O'Leary, right, and Finbarr Furey at the funeral of Ray Treacy
Former Ireland footballer and manager, Steve Staunton at the funeral of Ray Treacy
Johnny Giles, Eamonn Dunphy and Syl Fox at the funeral of 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.

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