Kerry GAA star Patrick Curtin is laid to rest in Ahavoher Cemetery after car crash in Guatemala
The funeral has taken place in Moyvane, Co Kerry, of the former inter-county footballer Patrick (Paddy) Curtin who died on December 29, following a car crash shortly before Christmas while working in Guatemala.
The Church of the Assumption had an attendance of more than 1,000 people and the north Kerry village was decked in green and gold flags, which are the colours of Moyvane as well as the county team.
Seven priests celebrated the funeral mass.
Symbols of Mr Curtin’s life brought to the altar before mass by football and work colleagues included his club jersey and his Kerry league football medal won against Asdee in September.
Sean Walsh, former Kerry GAA chairman and Munster Council chairman, said the death was felt “in the hearts bones and minds” of the people of north Kerry.
He assured the family – parents John and Eileen, sisters Linda and Evelyn and brother-in-law Adrian, that they were part of “the GAA family”.
Paddy had been “a tough, likeable, loveable rogue” who always lived life to the full, said Mr Walsh.
A Brazilian friend read a prayer in Portuguese. The nursing staff of Fort Lauderdale in Florida where he had been airlifted from Guatemala were remembered in prayers.
Kerry football manager Eamon Fitzmaurice and former Kerry footballers including Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan were among the mourners.
Mr Curtin was buried in Ahavoher Cemetery.
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