Claremorris sporting organisations have paid tribute to Kevin O’Brien, who was heavily involved in both soccer and GAA in the town.
Claremorris AFC and the wider soccer community say they ‘are stunned at the sudden passing of our good friend, former player and club administrator’
Kevin started his playing career on Claremorris FC’s first ever under 18 youths team.
He was a very stylish right back for the club, and he went on to star for the junior team for many seasons before a knee injury unfortunately cut short his playing career at an early age.
Kevin then turned his talents to off the field activities as an administrator, acting as club Secretary, PRO and various other roles within the club.
He also designed the present day club crest which incorporates the various aspects of our town.
Claremorris GAA Club have described the 52-year-old as ‘one of nature’s gentlemen, who always had a word for everyone.’
Kevin won a Mayo U21 football medal as a member of the Claremorris panel that brought home the cup in 1988.
He lined out in the Claremorris defence on the team that lost to Knockmore in the 1990 U21 county final.
Kevin played all grades with Claremorris footballers from U-14 to U-21.
He was also an accomplished hurler and won Mayo U14 and U-16 titles with the club as well as representing St Colman’s College in both football and hurling in those times.
His remains will be reposing at Gilligan’s Funeral Home, Claremorris this evening from 6p.m until 8p.m.
Removal from his home tomorrow at 10.40am to Colman’s Church, Claremorris for Funeral Mass at 11am with burial afterwards in St Colman’s cemetery.
Funeral mass will be live streamed on You Tube “Claremorris Church Live” or listened to on local parish radio on 106fm.
May he Rest in Peace.