Cork City FC leads tributes to man who drowned near Youghal
John Kennedy (56) was ‘the epicentre of the club’s role and work in the community’
John Kennedy: pictured in green top holding framed photograph. Photograph: Cork City FC
It’s understood that a member of the public on the shore raised the alarm at about 4pm when Mr Kennedy disappeared from sight and the Irish Coast Guard launched a search and rescue mission.
The volunteer crew of Youghal RNLI were tasked by the Irish Coast Guard to assist and they quickly located Mr Kennedy on their arrival at Caliso Bay and brought him aboard their inshore lifeboat.
The RNLI crew began CPR on Mr Kennedy and worked on him as they returned to Youghal where he was attended to by ambulance crew but he was pronounced dead a short time later by a local GP.
Mr Kennedy was honoured last year by Cork City FC for his work with the football club for whom he served on the Board of Management as well as a volunteer for over the past 30 years.
‘Everyone at Cork City Football Club is devastated by the news that John Kennedy has sadly passed away. Our thoughts go out to John’s family, and his many friends,” said Cork City FC in a statement.
As a volunteer at the club for over 30 years, Mr Kennedy was known by League of Ireland supporters all around the country for “his loyalty, enthusiasm and love of Cork City FC,” added the club.
Cork City FC said the late Mr Kennedy was involved in organising buses to carry supporters to and from almost every away game and “was a recognisable face to all Rebel Army supporters”.
“John was the epicentre for our club’s role and work in the community, which made our club a home for many of those less fortunate. He will be missed by all of us, but he will never be forgotten.”
Cork South Central Sinn Féin TD, Donnchadh O Laoghaire, also paid tribute, extending his condolences to Mr Kennedy’s family as he described him “a true gent and stalwart City man”.
“A wave of sadness across the youth and community sector tonight at the news of John’s passing – John was always kind and generous with time and always in touch with young people’s needs”.
“He was a pure gentleman and a stalwart community man – his interest and support of youth projects, sport and local heritage was vast – his presence in Mahon and Blackrock will be sorely missed.”