WATCH: Hundreds pay their final respects at funeral of Limerick hurling legend

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WATCH: Hundreds pay their final respects at funeral of Limerick hurling legend

Leonard Enright's coffin is carried from the Church of the Blessed Virgin, Patrickswell

HUNDREDS of mourners from the worlds of GAA and politics have attended the funeral of Limerick hurling legend Leonard Enright.

The 65-year-old, who was inducted into the GAA Hall of Fame earlier this year, died at Milford Hospice on Friday following a lengthy illness.

The village of Patrickswell came to a standstill this Monday lunchtime as the local community paid a final tribute to the All Star hurler who won eight county titles with his club.

Members of Patrickswell GAA club – past and present – attended the funeral and formed a guard of honour as the coffin carrying Leonard’s remains was carried from the  Church of the Blessed Virgin. 

Members of the All-Ireland winning team, including team captain Declan Hannon, attended and Patrickswell clubmen Cian Lynch, Diarmuid Byrnes and Aaron Gillane helped shoulder the coffin to the local cemetery.

Prominent GAA figures from across the country including Cyril Farrell (Galway), Brian Cody (Kilkenny) and legendary RTÉ broadcaster Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh were also in attendance along with several politicians some of whom served with Leonard Enright during his time on Limerick County Council.

Gifts presented during the Funeral Mass included a hurley and sliotar; a crossword puzzle, a family photograph and a freshly pulled pint of Guinness.

In his homily, Fr Michael Cussen said Leonard Enright was a “never a man for too many words” and unassuming in his ways. 

“There is huge sadness at his loss,” he told mourners adding there is also a sense of relief that his suffering has come to an end.

While not perfect, he said Leonard was a special person who touched the hearts of many people during his life.

“Saint Leonard would not ring a bell in our hearts but Leonard who was, and who forever will be, special touches all our hearts,” he said.

Following the Funeral Mass, Leonard Enright was laid to rest at St Mary's new cemetery in Patrickswell.

He is survived by his wife Birdie and their children Alan, Thomas, David and Mary.