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Brian Mullins: Funeral arrangements announced for legendary Dublin footballer

The funeral arrangements have been announced for Dublin GAA legend Brian Mullins, who will be laid to rest this Wednesday.

The legendary midfielder died on Friday at the age of 68 after a short illness at St Francis Hospice, Raheny and it is understood that his family was at his side.

He is survived by his partner Elizabeth, wife Helen, sons Bernard, Pádraig and Nathan, daughter Jackie, and grandchildren Luke, Adam, Eva, Alex, Grace, Sophie, Daniel, Sadie, Zack, and Kodie.

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He will repose in Jennings Funeral Home on Oscar Traynor Road in Coolock, on Tuesday 4 October from 12pm to 4.30pm. A funeral mass will take place on Wednesday morning at 11.30am at St Vincent de Paul Church, Griffith Avenue, followed by burial in Balgriffin Cemetery Extension.

The notice on RIP.ie reads: "Brian Mullins late of Clontarf, Dublin and St Vincent's GAA Club, passed away 30 September (peacefully) after a short illness at St Francis Hospital, Raheny surrounded by family.

"Brian will be sadly missed by his partner Elizabeth, wife Helen, sons Bernard, Pádraig and Nathan, daughter Jackie, and grandchildren Luke, Adam, Eva, Alex, Grace, Sophie, Daniel, Sadie, Zack, and Kodie, brothers, sister, son-in-law Karl, daughters-in-law Béibhinn, Ciara and Kellie, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

"Reposing in Jennings Funeral Home on Oscar Traynor Road in Coolock, on Tuesday 4 October from 12pm to 4.30pm. A funeral mass will take place on Wednesday morning at 11.30am at St Vincent de Paul Church, Griffith Avenue, followed by burial in Balgriffin Cemetery Extension."

The funeral mass may be viewed on Wednesday 5 October online at 11:30am at the following link here.

From St Vincent's Club, Mullins played a significant part in the Dublin football renaissance under Kevin Heffernan in the 1970s. As a midfielder he won four All-Ireland medals, his first when he had just turned 20 in 1974 as Dublin claimed a first Sam Maguire since 1963, beating Galway in the final.

A serious car accident in 1980 nearly ended his playing career, but would later recover and go on to earn a fourth All-Ireland medal in 1983, in that now infamous decider against Galway. Mullins retired from inter-county football in 1985, with nine Leinster wins and two league successes to go alongside the quartet of Sam Maguire wins. Mullins also worked as a caretaker manager for Dublin in 1986.

His remaining inter-county managerial experience was with Derry who he managed between 1996 and '98, winning a league and an Ulster title, Derry's last before this summer. He was also deeply immersed in St Vincent's in recent years, both as manager and chairman and was the Director of Sport at UCD.

St Vincent’s GAA club took to social media on Friday evening to pay tribute to Mullins. They said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian Mullins. An absolute colossus in St Vincent's.

""There’s so much to say about the man, and we’re all still processing this. We’ll honour him in the coming days. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."

Meanwhile, fans have flocked to social media to pay their respects to the GAA stalwart. One person wrote: "Sincere condolences to Elizabeth, Helen, all the Mullins Family, friends and neighbours. Brian was a true blue colossus and a major driving force of the legendary Dublin teams of the 1970s and 1980s.

“Thank you Brian for all your warrior-like performances that gave us Dubs fantastic memories, brightened up our city and left a unforgettably positive impact on our lives. Rest In Peace Brian.”

Another person said: “My childhood hero watching the Dubs. Rest in peace Brian. A true legend.”

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