Tributes for Cork footballer Kieran O’Connor

Tributes are pouring in for former Cork footballer Kieran O’Connor, who passed away yesterday aged just 41.

The Aghada clubman was part of the Rebels’ 2010 All Ireland winning panel, and had been battling a rare form of bone cancer for the past number of years.

Kieran is survived by his wife Sinead, and their children Isabelle, Ava, and James.

In a statement on, Cork County Board chairperson Tracey Kennedy paid tribute, saying:

“It was with great sadness that we learned of Kieran’s death today. He was a tower of strength on the field of play, and showed that same strength of character and courage in dealing with his illness over the past few years.

“He will be an unimaginable loss to his family, and on behalf of all in Cork GAA, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Kieran’s wife Sinéad, their three children, Isabelle, Ava and James, and also to his parents Pat and Mary, sister Aisling and brothers Patrick and John Paul.

“Our condolences also to his club, Aghada, his wonderful friends who did so much to support the family throughout Kieran’s illness, and all who mourn his loss.”

Tributes have been coming in too on social media:


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