There have been quite a number of deaths of people with links to Kenagh district over the past fortnight. The death occurred in England of Gertrude Hegarty, formerly Gertrude (Do Do) Carberry of the Hollow, Mosstown, Kenagh. We offer sincerer sympathy to her husband and family in England and to her brothers Robin and Pete, sisters Kathleen Rita, Breda, Betty, Cella and Patricia. She was interred in England. The death also occurred of Nicholas Kindersley, former owner of Newcastle Hotel and more recently of Derryclougher. Nicholas was very much involved with Kenagh Development during the time that the clock tower in Kenagh was being restored. He had a passionate interest in the history of the Clock and the association of the King Harman family. He was predeceased by his wife Sue who was very instrumental in setting up the animal sanctuary in Derryclougher. We also remember Peggy Kiernan, Rabbit Park, Ardagh, sister of the late Jack Kiernan, Kenagh and aunt of the late Joe, Maureen, Jimmy and the late Johnny. We also offer our sympathies to the Harrison family, Kenagh and the Rollins families, formerly of Cartronwar and all extended families on the death of Sadie Harrison which occurred in England. Sadie was a sister of the late Charlie Harrison, Kenagh, Mrs Kathleen Rollins, Cartronwar and George in Canada. We have also been informed of the death of Paddy Smith which occurred at his residence in Shannon. Paddy was formerly of Corina, Ballymahon, a son of the late Billy and Annie and brother of Breda, Ann and Betty. Paddy will be buried in Shannon on Monday morning. We also sadly record the death of Teresa Finnegan, Forthill, Newtowncashel which occurred after a long illness on Sunday morning February 8th. She was formerly Teresa Casserly from Kilcommock, Kenagh, wife of the late Johnny and mother of Liam, PJ and Michael also sister of Josie, Maureen, Val and Kathleen. We send sincere sympathy to all the relatives of the deceased both in the Kenagh area and further afield in Ireland and England. May they all rest in peace.

Progressive 25

Winners in Kenagh Community Centre last Thursday night, Ivan and Peter, ten games, they share seventy euro. Peter and Breda, Ned and Tom, all win twenty euro each. Table prizes: Mary and Val, Barney and Eugene, win twenty euro each. Raffle: Eugene Kelly, Freda Connaughton, Peter Gregg, Mary Gregg, Joe Farrell and Mark Grehan, all win ten euro each.

Landmark gone

Many residents of Kenagh and surrounding areas were very upset and disappointed over the removal of what was probably the largest tree in the parish from the former lawn of Brookfield House. This beech tree was of huge proportion and stood out as a landmark both for village people and passers by alike. This gigantic tree was one of a large number of beech and sycamore trees planted under a special scheme to replace a large number of quality specimens cut down before the famine. This scheme was initiated by Prince Albert when he came to Ireland in 1861 to open the Albert College. Many thousands of sycamore and beech trees were planted at that time on roadsides and farms all over Ireland. On this assumption we can take it that the tree in question would be about 150 years old and had just reached maturity. It is regrettable that such trees should be taken especially when they had just reached maturity and had many years left to adorn the villages as it has done for over the past one hundred years. Unfortunately many of the fine trees which gave Kenagh village a special character are being taken out without any visible effort to replace them. It’s time to wake up and protect what is left. Such trees should be preserved by order and not left to others to decide on their fate with no regard for the feelings of local people.