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LISTEN: 'A truly great man and sportsman' - emotional tributes at Packie McGarty's funeral

Apr 8, 2021 12:04 By Shannonside News
LISTEN: 'A truly great man and sportsman' - emotional tributes at Packie McGarty's funeral LISTEN: 'A truly great man and sportsman' - emotional tributes at Packie McGarty's funeral
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The funeral mass for the former Leitrim footballer took place in Dublin this morning

Packie McGarty has been described as a "truly great footballer" who used his God-given gifts to make friends all over Ireland.

The funeral mass of the 87-year-old Mohill native, who died earlier this week, has heard the virtues which made him a great man also made him a great sportsman:

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Packie McGarty's son's Eamon describing his father's everlasting bond with his native county at his private funeral this morning at St Pius X church in Templeogue.

Just a handful of the former Leitrim footballer's family were able to attend due to Covid restrictions, with hundreds of people watching the online stream.

Fr Gerry Moore, who celebrated the funeral mass said it was very clear that Packie had made a huge impact on everyone who had met him:

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Gifts brought to the altar to symbolise his life included a Leitrim jersey, a Gaelic football and a scarf as well as pictures of his family.

Eamon McGarty outlined his father loved meeting people and developed a special bond through his work a grocer in Clondalkin

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Meeting his wife Ella in 1957 was described as the most special moment of his life and the couple were described as 'perfect fit' throughout the 61-year marriage and the remains of the man described as Leitrim's greatest ever footballer were removed for the church to the strains of Lovely Leitrim.

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