The funeral arrangements for well-known GAA player Brendan ‘Benny Reilly’ have been made.
Brendan, 38, died suddenly on Saturday evening after falling ill shortly after playing a match for club Naomh Mairtin in Ardee. The Jocks beat Ardee St Marys 5-09 to 1-10 in the Cardinal O’Donnell Cup semi-final at Pairc Muire, with Reilly playing the entire game in the half back line.
Brendan’s body will repose at his home from 2pm until 10pm tomorrow Tuesday (September 19th). Removal will take place on Wednesday morning at 11.30am arriving to The Church of The Immaculate Conception, Tenure. Funeral mass will take place at 12 noon and burial afterwards in Monasterboice Cemetery.
The house will be private on Wednesday morning. Naomh Mairtin GFC ask that those travelling to the Reilly family home in Monasterboice park a the club grounds, where transport will then be provided. Refreshments will also be provided in the club rooms.
Reilly played for Naomh Mairtin from 2008 to 2017, having played for local club John Mitchels GFC from aged 17. He was part of their 1998 Junior Championship and league double triumph and represented his county with distinction also in his playing career. Brendan’s father Eugene was one of the founding members of the John Mitchels club in 1957. Brendan is survived by mother Kathleen, wife Lisa and three young children – Saoirse, Amy and Harry.