Tributes pour in for Cork City legend Noelle Feeney

Ruairi with Noelle at the Southside Sports Star Awards at the Cork International Hotel last year. Pic Ger Bonus

The Cork football world was sent into mourning yesterday with the news that Noelle Feeney had passed away.

Cork City's biggest fan passed away peacefully at Marymount yesterday after a short illness.

The Ballyphehane native was a familiar face to all those who went through the Turners Cross turnstiles. Everybody knew Noelle.

Personally, I've known Noelle for the guts of 20 years. I bought my FAI Cup final tickets from her house in 1998. As I started covering City for Cork's RedFM around 2004 I got to know her better, and was glad to call her a friend. Noelle loved talking, and talking about City was her favourite thing to do. I'd get regular phone calls from her - "Roar? How are ya boy?" - and those calls could last an hour. And the topic was always City. She absolutely adored the club. And City fans adored her.

I'm saddened to hear of her passing, and my thoughts are with her family. 

Rest in peace, Noelle. 

And the tributes pouring in from players, clubs and fans alike is a testament to how loved Noelle was loved around Turners Cross and across the country, and how dearly she will be missed.


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