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Tuesday 15 October 2019

O'Callaghan joins mourners for Dublin GAA giant Bailey

John Bailey’s coffin is carried by Tanaiste Simon Coveney and Dublin star Con O’Callaghan at his removal in Dalkey
John Bailey’s coffin is carried by Tanaiste Simon Coveney and Dublin star Con O’Callaghan at his removal in Dalkey

Dublin GAA star Con O'Callaghan was among those carrying the coffin of former county board chairman John Bailey, who died earlier this week.

His removal took place at the Church of the Assumption in Dalkey yesterday.

Mr Bailey, a Fine Gael councillor, had been battling illness in recent months, but had continued his active role in politics.

He was re-elected to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council only six weeks ago. He was 74.

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Also among those to carry Mr Bailey's remains was Tanaiste Simon Coveney and Dublin GAA chief John Costello.

Mr Bailey's daughter Maria Bailey is a Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire.

Fine Gael TD Kate O'Connell was also in att-endance, as was Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan.

Mr Bailey was a long-time member of Cuala GAA club.

He is considered Dublin's most high-profile chairman of the past 20 years, having taken up the role in 1992.

He refereed the 1986 All-Ireland hurling final between Cork and Galway.

FG TD Maria Bailey
FG TD Maria Bailey

Within three years, he had overseen the redevelopment of Parnell Park.

Most famously, he offered the Dublin manager's job to Mick O'Dwyer in 2004.

He stepped down in 2005.

Mr Bailey had been a councillor for 15 years and lived in Killiney with his family. He is survived by his wife Angela and their five daughters.

John Bailey
John Bailey

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