John Sheridan died on Wednesday, December 21, after suffering from a stroke.
He was 78.
Mr Sheridan, the former Cork City captain who retired after a 13-year playing career, played for the Cork County club from 1972 to 1976 and the Cork City Football Club from 1981 to 1989.
He won a league title with Cork City in 1973 and in 1974 and 1974 Cork County played in the Guinness Pro Footballers Association Trophy final against Manchester United.
Mr Staunton said Mr Sheridan had passed away peacefully in his home at his home in Sligo.
The family of John Sheridan were told on Thursday afternoon that he had suffered a stroke, said his son, John Staunson.
“The family is in mourning and our thoughts are with him,” Mr Staunon said.
“Our thoughts are also with Cork County, who will miss him.”
I am hoping to meet with him this afternoon.
“Cork City Football and Cork County are expected to meet the media later this week to reflect on the death of the Cork legend.
Earlier in December, Cork City’s manager Brian Boyle told the club’s website that the club was shocked by the news and would make no further comment until the family were notified.
The Cork County Football Club and the club are currently working to finalise the next steps in the process to take on the club.”
At this time, it is not possible to comment further on the family member’s passing,” the club said.
The club said it had been informed that a member of the public had passed on information regarding the cause of death to Cork County.”
We have been made aware of the matter by the member,” it said.