A fine family man who had many interests

Published 30/01/2013 | 13:59

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The late George McEneaney

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GEORGE McEneaney of Gurtacrissane, Listowel died suddenly at home on Tuesday 8th January 2013.

He worked a lifetime with the office of public works drainage section.

Originally a native of Ardee, Co. Louth he joined the OPW in January 1954, driving barge dragline machines on the Glyde and Dee Scheme.

When that project was finished he was transferred to the Feale Schemed in North Kerry in September 1952.

While working on this scheme he met his future wife, Hannah Mai Linnane.

They were married in January 1955 and settled in her home place at Gurtacrissane.

From this space his work took him to Lifford, Co. Donegal on the Deel, Swilly, Burn Embankment Scheme from 1957 to 1959.

He then returned to Kerry and worked on the Maine Scheme in mid Kerry until 1963.

The next scheme he worked on was the Deel in West Limerick from 1963 to 1968 followed by the Shannon embankments south scheme from 1968 to 1974.

From 1974 to 1980 he worked on the Maigue Scheme which had its base on the Temple Mungret House, Co. Limerick.

Finally after all his tracks he returned to the Feale maintenance in North Kerry from 1980 to 1988.

He raised a family of seven, four sons and three daughters and was a great family man and provider.

He loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

George and Hannae Mai recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.

Outside of his family and his work he was a big lover of nature and the outdoor life.

He loved gardening and planting trees, shrubs and flowers.

He had a wonderful garden every year which consisted of potatoes, cabbage, lettuce, onions and rhubarb.

He had a great faith and this was portrayed through his love of nature.

The first of February each year, St. Bridget's Day, was a special day for him.

He was a dab hand at making the St. Bridget's Cross and made several from fresh rushes for his grandchildren.

St. Bridget originated in Faughert in his native county.

For pastimes he had a flutter on the horses, he enjoyed a pint and a smoke of the pipe.

He loves Irish folk songs and was a lovely singer.

He was a fan of Dermot O'Brien, the great Louth All Ireland winning captain of 1957 who was an outstanding singer of folk songs and piano accordion player.

He is mourned by his two surviving brothers, Joseph and Peter, his loving wife Hannah Mai, his sons Thomas, Gerard, John and Tim and daughters Mary, Bernie and Geraldine, grandchildren and great grandchildren and a wide circle of friends.

We love you dad, you will remain in our hearts forever.

May you rest in peace.

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