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Westport mourns the late Tony O’Keeffe

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RESPECTED The late Tony O’Keeffe.

LARGE crowds were in attendance last week at the funeral of well-known Westport forester, Tony O’Keeffe. Mr O’Keeffe, who was a native of Crusheen in Co Clare, passed away after a relatively short battle with illness.
Tony was one of Carrowbaun’s most respected residents, where he lived with his wife Marie. He is also survived by sons Micheál and Diarmaid and daughters Aoife and Róisín, along with grandchildren Aoibhe, Culainn, Ella, Éanna, Ódhran, Senan, Bláithín, Isabelle and Ailbhe; brother Cronan, sister May, daughters-in-law Audrey and Marie; sons-in-law Tony, Niall and a host of relatives, neighbours and friends.
Tony reposed at his residence on Wednesday last where large crowds flowed through all afternoon until his removal to St Mary’s Church, Westport. Large crowds were also in attendance at his Funeral Mass on Thursday, with burial afterwards in Aughavale Cemetery.
Tony was also very well-known in Westport GAA circles and the club expressed there sadness with a statement on social media last week.
“The club are deeply saddened at the passing of club legend and vice president Tony O’ Keeffe. Tony played an integral role in Westport GAA as an administrator, supporter and member and is best known for establishing the hugely successful local U-13 league, and being one of the co-founders of the Bord na nÓg section of the club in 1976, which he also chaired. In 1982 he was involved in the re-establishment of the hurling club and from 1983-1986 in the redevelopment of the pitch. A deserving recipient of the Club Person of the Year award, Tony in later years was active on the committee which oversaw the clearing of the debt on the astroturf. The club would like to thank Tony for his unselfish service to our wonderful club, he enriched and touched the lives of so many. Ar dheis de go raibh a hanam dilis,” concluded the Westport GAA Club statement. Tony was also very involved in the fundraising campaign for the recent redevelopment of Westport Town Hall Theatre. May he rest in peace.