September 17, 2021
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‘A gentleman and a genius on the hurling field’ – warm tributes paid to Kilkenny legend

Warm tributes were paid today to Kilkenny hurling legend Liam ‘Chunky’ O’Brien, who died on Monday night.

The legendary four-time All-Ireland winner died peacefully at St Luke’s General Hospital at the age of 72.

Chunky, a four-time All-Star and former Player of the Year, won four All-Irelands with the Cats in the 1970s also had a very successful club career with James Stephens, winning four club and two Leinster and All-Ireland titles.

He was widely regarded as one of Kilkenny’s greatest players.

Many tributes were paid to the local sporting legend online today.

One man said: “Sincere sympathy to the O’Brien family on the very sad passing of Chunky. He was a gentleman and a genius on the hurling field. I was honoured to have played with and against him. May he rest in peace.”

Another commented: “Very sorry to hear about Chunky’s passing. A Kilkenny legend. As a young boy growing up I always admired his skills.”

Chunky is survived by his loving wife Judy, brother Paddy and sister Evelyn, his daughter Nicola and sons Derek, Mark and Liam.

He will be laid to rest after a funeral mass at St Patrick’s Church tomorrow.

The mass can be viewed online at




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