Funeral of Andy Tiernan takes place

The funeral of groundsman Andy Tiernan took place this morning in St Anne's Church.

The Sligo Rovers team formed a guard of honour outside of the Church as a mark of respect to our late colleague. 
Rovers chairman Tony Quinn said: "Andy was one of the club’s most dedicated and committed servants. He protected the pitch with a fierce pride, he prepared and maintained it guided by years of knowledge and experience. Before Sligo Rovers invested in upgrading the main pitch in recent years, Andy often worked minor miracles in appalling conditions to make the pitch playable. 
"Andy could never relax to watch his beloved Rovers on match-day, he was forever on the go replacing divots or retrieving footballs. He has seen many managers and countless players during his service of the club, and won many admirers for his wholehearted contribution to Sligo Rovers.
"Probably the best tribute I can pay Andy is that he had the same character, integrity and loyalty to Sligo Rovers as his late father James; Both were heroes of this club, modest and unassuming gentlemen whose work on behalf of the club they held so dear will always be remembered and cherished by our supporters.
"It was a privilege to know Andy Tiernan, and a gift to be considered his friend."
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