Funeral of former footballer Kevin Heffernan held

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Huge crowds attended the funeral mass of the 83-year-old in Dublin

The funeral of Dublin footballer and manager Kevin Heffernan has taken place.

Huge crowds attended the funeral mass of the 83-year-old in the St Vincent De Paul Church in Marino, Dublin.

Representatives of President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny attended, along with ministers Richard Bruton and Leo Varadkar, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Dublin Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí.

GAA President Liam Ó Néill, broadcaster Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and former Dublin football managers Pat Gilroy and Tony Hanahoe were also present.

In his homily, Monsignor John Fitzpatrick spoke of Mr Heffernan's leadership and personal integrity.

Three flags were erected at the side of the altar - the Dublin flag, the St Vincent's GAA club flag and a flag presented to Mr Heffernan when he was given the Freedom of Dublin in 2005.

Mr Heffernan was laid to rest in Sutton cemetery.

Mr Heffernan passed away last week after a lengthy illness.

A giant of the GAA, he captained the Dublin footballers to All-Ireland victory in 1958.

He also won 21 county titles with his club, St Vincent's.

Mr Heffernan leaves behind a lasting legacy as manager of the great Dublin teams of the 1970s and 80s.

He is credited with breathing new life into football in Dublin and rescuing and reviving GAA in the capital.

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