Tributes have been paid to Legan woman Bernie Kenny who was killed after she was knocked down in her native village on Saturday morning.
â€œI have not only lost an exceptional secretary, but a very loyal friend,â€ Deputy James Bannon told the Leader on Monday.
â€œEveryone is so shocked and saddened by what has happened; we just canâ€™t believe it.â€
â€œSuch a sadness hangs over the parish of Legan ,â€ he added.
Bernie Kenny was well-known throughout the community. She had worked with local TD James Bannon for 12 years and she had also worked in the offices of John J Quinn Solicitors in Longford town. She had only recently resumed working there on a part-time basis.
Bernie Kenny was one of fourteen siblings in the Kenny family from Foxhall and was well-known for her work in the local community.
In her youth, she played with the renowned Legan Ladies football team. An accomplished singer, she led her own Ballad Group and was choir master of St Maryâ€™s Church for a number of years.
In recognition of her work in the community in which she lived, she had been bestowed with one of the highest honours from the Pope - the Bene Merenti Medal, which was a source of
tremendous pride to her and her family.
She was well-known for her massive contribution to the local community over the years as well as for the professional and courteous manner in which she dealt with constituency queries for Deputy Bannon.
The tragic death of this popular woman has numbed the local community and huge crowds attended her Removal and Funeral Mass which were held on Monday and Tuesday respectively at St Maryâ€™s Church Legan. Ms Kenny was laid to rest in Ardagh cemetery.
Bernie Kenny will be sadly missed by her son Jamie, her brothers Sean, Jimmy, Eddie Joe, Oliver and Patrick, her sisters Eileen, Josie, Teasie, Margo, Betty, Martina, Claire and Fiona, her nieces, nephews , cousins, relatives and a wide circle of friends.