Funeral takes place of Cork GAA superfan 'Jonty' O'Leary

The funeral of 'Jonty' O'Leary, one of Cork GAA's most loyal and colourful supporters, took place on Tuesday.
Funeral takes place of Cork GAA superfan 'Jonty' O'Leary
Neighbours and friends stop at the Sportmans Bar on Bandon Road to pay tribute to Cork GAA supporter Timmy 'Jonty' O'Leary whose funeral was held at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, The Lough, Cork. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The funeral of 'Jonty' O'Leary, one of Cork GAA's most loyal and colourful supporters, took place on Tuesday.

O'Leary's red and white outfits and sombrero hats made him one of the most recognisable fans in the country and he delighted in cheering on Cork sides in all codes and grades over the past 60 years.

Friends and fellow Cork Rebel Band members dressed in Cork jerseys to pay tribute at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Earlier this week, Joe Seward, sports presenter with Life FM, paid tribute to his friend: "Jonty played the drums in the Rebel Band and could be seen anywhere from Donegal to Dungarvan or Croke Park to Cusack Park cheering on his beloved Rebels in the company of his great friends and band colleagues: Thomas 'Bomber' Roche, Pa 'The Piper' Hurley; Cyril' The Bird' Kavanagh; Ray Lucey, Shane Murphy and Eddie The 'Eagle 'Burns.

'Jonty' O'Leary. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
'Jonty' O'Leary. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

"Jonty attended his first All-Ireland in 1956 and was a constant presence at Kent Station to greet Cork teams whether they won or lost championship deciders at Croke Park.

"Cork wasn't his sole love and witnessing his beloved Barrs win the Cork County Senior Football Championship in 2018 after a 33 year wait was also a particularly special moment which he cherished and celebrated as only he could.

"Whatever the result, Jonty ensured the mood stayed upbeat and he was the perennial optimist."

Jony is survived by his wife Julia, and children Patrick and Bríd.

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