The Funeral Mass took place yesterday morning of accident victim Bernie Kenny who died in Legan in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Ms Kenny died after she was knocked down by a car just a short distance from her home in Legan. The 55-year-old mother-of-one had just alighted from a taxi at Legan village after returning from a night out in Longford.
She was walking the short distance home when she was hit by the car at 1.30am.
The 41-year-old male driver, who is also from the area, was arrested at the scene and taken to Granard Garda station. He has subsequently been released and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The tragic death of the popular local woman has sent shockwaves throughout the entire community in Longford.
Ms Kenny was well-known through her work as secretary to Longford Fine Gael TD James Bannon. She had worked for Deputy Bannon for the past 12 years.
A clearly upset James Bannon was among the first to pay tribute to Bernie Kenny.
â€œHer tragic death has come as a terrible shock to all who knew and loved her,â€ Deputy Bannon said.
â€œ Bernie was not only an extremely loyal employee, but she was also a great source of personal support. I have known her all my life; we grew up in the same area, we went to school together and she was a very close personal friend to me over the years. I have not only lost an exceptional secretary but a very loyal friend.â€
Bernie Kenny is survived by her son Jamie, brothers and sisters Sean, Eileen, Jimmy, Eddie Joe, Josie, Oliver, Teasie, Margo, Patrick, Betty, Clare, Martina and Fiona, aunts, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, relatives and friends. Funeral Mass was held at St Maryâ€™s Church, Legan yesterday (Tuesday morning), with burial afterwards in Ardagh Cemetery. More on Page 3