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‘Cork Kevin’ O’Leary laid to rest

Among those attending the funeral were West Belfast MP Paul Maskey, MLAs Alex Maskey and Rosie McCorley, Cúige Úladh Chair Bobby Storey as well as a number of local councillors.

THE FUNERAL of Cork-born republican activist ‘Cork Kevin’ O’Leary took place in west Belfast on Friday 16 January. Kevin died suddenly on Sunday 11 January.

Kevin was a member of the Greater Andersonstown Safer Neighbourhood Project (GASNP) and members of the group acting as guard of honour escorted his Tricolour-draped coffin from his home on the Glen Road.

Among those attending the funeral were West Belfast MP Paul Maskey, MLAs Alex Maskey and Rosie McCorley, Cúige Úladh Chair Bobby Storey as well as a number of local councillors.

Members of the Mairéad Farrell Republican Youth Committee attended in a show of solidarity with Kevin’s family as his sons Seamus and Darren are members of the committee as well as being involved in the GASNP.

Kevin’s brother, Chris, a Sinn Féin councillor in Cork, addressed mourners after the Requiem Mass in St Matthias’s church and thanked the many people who helped the family through the difficult week they had.

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