There were emotional scenes outside Turner’s Cross Stadium, home of Cork City Football Club, on Tuesday night as fans came together to pay a fitting tribute to a woman who had for so long meant so much to the Leeside club.
In recognition of her many contributions to CCFC, supporters formed a guard of honour for Noelle Feeney as her remains passed the grounds of her beloved team on the city’s south side.
Ms. Feeney, who passed away on Monday at Marymount Hospice, had been involved with the club in a variety of capacities for some three decades and an official statement released by CCFC in the aftermath of her passing described Noelle as a “vital cog in the Cork City wheel (via The Irish Examiner).”
Ms. Feeney’s death was marked by an outpouring of emotion on social media, with fans, journalists, players and representatives of rival clubs all expressing sadness, adulation and respect for a truly important figure in Irish football.
She was the first woman I saw actively involved in my football club. Integral to our history. RIP Noelle Feeney.
— Niamh O'Mahony ⚽ (@Niamh_OMahony) February 6, 2017
— Lapel1865 (@Lapel1865) February 8, 2017
Sad to hear the news about Noelle Feeney. A truly lovely women who loved @CorkCityFC Thoughts are with her family at this time.
— DM (@DavidMeyler7) February 8, 2017
— Paul Dollery (@PaulDollery) February 7, 2017
Every club could do with a Noelle Feeney. RIP. pic.twitter.com/5gJdBj0kCb
— Luke O'Riordan (@luke_oriordan) February 7, 2017
— Leon McSweeney (@LeonMcSweeney) February 6, 2017
Very sad to hear the passing of Noelle Feeney , always looked after players at Cork City FC , great character , big heart . Rip Noelle x
— liam kearney (@liamkearney7) February 6, 2017
— Greg Canty (@GregCantyFuzion) February 6, 2017