While Kenagh enjoyed a prosperous and eventful 2012, the area was also plunged into sadness in June, when news emerged of the death of 21-year-old native, Gavin Doyle who was laid to rest following a road traffic accident just outside Longford town on Friday, June 22 last.
Gavin is survived by his mother, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and very wide circle of friends. May he Rest in Peace.
During 2012, a major fundraising event in aid of Kenagh Community Games took place at Gav’s Bar in the village. The event coincided with the return of the X-Factor to television screens across the land, and gave children from the area - under 14 years of age - the chance to showcase their talents in front of a special X-Factor panel.
The event was sponsored by several local businesses including main sponsor Kepak Group and it was to become one of the most successful fundraising ventures ever - in the picturesque south Longford village.
The official opening of Kenagh GAA’s new floodlit walking track took place on October 28 last, to much delight. It became a fun-filled and joyous day out for all the family and with plenty of competition emerging from the likes of the Wellie Throwing and Pushing The Tyre on the Track (100m fastest time) events – there was plenty of fun and games in Kenagh throughout the day.
A Co Longford woman left homeless by the after effects of Hurricane Sandy strongly criticised plans by senior politicians to host the New York City Marathon as normal – in the days following the devastating storm.
Kenagh native, Norah Egan issued an impassioned plea to other Longford natives to boycott the 26 mile event amid claims that close to 100 people had died in the storm. “I have no power, no water or anything,” said a remarkably assured Norah, as she accepted a telephone call from the Longford Leader in New York. A resident in the US for the past 17 years, Norah has since been forced out of her home in Long Beach and has moved in with her friend and Kenagh compatriot Brenda McKeogh in nearby Queens. Coincidently, the Marathon was called off hours after the Keangh woman made her pleas.
Efforts to preserve Co Longford’s rich wetlands heritage were firmly made in Kenagh this year. Wetlands Heritage Ireland gave a lecture in the Flanagan Room at Cooney’s Hotel in Ballymahon during 2012 and a very successful conference to commemorate the late Barry Raftery was also held in nearby Ballymahon during the summer months. Mr Raftery has been credited with the discovery of the Corlea Trackway in Kenagh, which has now found its way onto the international tourism stage.
Just last week, local artist Breege Cassidy held a very special art exhibition at Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon. Entitled ‘Out of the Depths’, the exhibition endeavoured to celebrate the natural beauty of Longford’s bog lands. They came from all over the country to explore and marvel at Cassidy’s work and her exhibition became one of the most successful in the county this year.