There is deep sadness following the sad passing of a former Laois senior hurling manager.
63-year-old Kilkenny native Brendan Fennelly died yesterday.
The Ballyhale clubman is a member of the famous Fennelly hurling dynasty, he enjoyed a successful playing career at club level with Ballyhale Shamrocks and at inter-county level with Kilkenny.
He was a forward with the Kilkenny minor, under-21 and senior teams in the 1970s and collected All-Ireland medals at under-age levels. Fennelly was also an All-Ireland medal-winner at club level with Ballyhale.
In retirement from playing Fennelly became involved in team management at all levels. He served as manager of the Carlow senior inter-county team in the late 1990s while also having spells with the Dunnamaggin, De La Salle and Carrickshock clubs.
Following the resignation of Niall Rigney, Fennelly became manager of the Laois senior hurling team from 2010 until 2011.
Brendan’s death notice is as follows:
“Brendan will be sadly missed by his loving wife Breda, sons Niall, Kieran and Conor, his daughter Shauna, brothers Michael, Ger, Kevin, Sean, Liam and Dermot, sisters Teresa and Monica, mother-in-law Moira Hickey, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.
“Reposing at his residence (R95 K516) on Friday (August 2nd) from 2pm to 9pm. Funeral arriving at St. Eoghan’s Church, Kilmoganny for Requiem Mass on Saturday morning at 11am.
“Burial afterwards in Kilmoganny Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to L’arche Community Kilmoganny.”