RUGBY CLUB AND CBS THE GREEN IN MOVING TRIBUTE TO LATE SEAN KELLY
THERE was deep sadness in Tralee following the passing of Sean Kelly.
A former teacher at CBS The Green, Sean’s passion was rugby and wherever he went the topic of rugby was never too far behind. Sean was fondly remembered this week by his many rugby friends as they recalled stories of his unwavering passion for the game.
Shaun Johnson is a teacher at the CBS and was a close friend of the Ballyheigue native. “He always had an infectious wit and always had a story relating to his rugby career. He could talk about any topic whether it be local history, politics or art. But it always found its way back to rugby,” said Shaun.
He described Sean as an enthusiastic spectator on the sideline and he would often have to remind him that it was only an U11 game!
“He was always good natured, offering words of wisdom on scrummaging as hooker was his position.
“Back in those days we used to train teams in Caherslee and Sean wouldn’t go home until it was dark.
“His great delight was when we won school matches. His smile was brighter and his step was lighter for the rest of the day.
“We will miss him, and most especially the Tralee rugby community and teachers past and present in The Green,” said Shaun.
Staff and students of CBS The Green providing a guard of honour with members of Tralee Rugby Club at the funeral of retired teacher Sean Kelly, inset, as his remains were brought from the Rugby Club to his native Ballyheigue, where they were interred following Requiem Mass on Tuesday.