Bree pays tribute to the late Jer O Leary, describing him as a larger than life figure

A veteran Sligo socialist has described the late trade unionist and actor Jer O Leary as a larger than life figure who had an array of facets to his life.

The 73-year old Dubliner’s funeral Mass took place yesterday in St Agatha’s Church on North William Street in Dublin, after which he was buried in Dardistown cemetery.

O Leary appeared in 42 films and was perhaps best known for his portrayal of trade unionist Jim Larkin.

Sligo Independent Socialist Councillor Declan Bree was among those who knew him and who recalled his links to Sligo: