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Tributes Paid After Death Of Legendary Cork Supporter Jonty O'Leary

Tributes Paid After Death Of Legendary Cork Supporter Jonty O'Leary

Timmy 'Jonty' O'Leary, the legendary Cork GAA supporter, died at Cork University Hospital on Sunday following a long illness.

Jonty, with his trademark sombrero, was a fixture at Rebel football, ladies football, hurling and camogie games. He also played the drums in the Rebel Band and was a supporter of the St Finbarr's club in Cork City.

"He really was worthy of the title of Cork GAA's No. 1 supporter, travelling the length and breadth of the country in support of all our Cork teams. May he rest in peace," wrote Cork GAA chairperson Tracey Kennedy on Twitter.

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Sinn Féin TD for Cork South Central, called Jonty "a fantastic character" who "will be sadly missed". Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald added that "The world is a poorer place with the loss of Jonty O'Leary".

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