IT was with profound regret that Abbeydorney GAA and the parishioners learned of the death of one of their great friends Canon Jackie McKenna.
Canon Jackie, or Fr Jack as he was popularly known in the parish, was ordained in 1946 and after working as a curate in Baile an Fheirtearaigh, chaplin to Colaiste Ide, and curate again in Dingle he moved to Abbeydorney in 1963. Thus began the great friendship and respect between Canon Jackie and Abbeydorney. He immediately immersed himself in parish affairs.
He did marvellous work with the youth, cared for the elderly as well as performing his priestly duties to the highest standards. Abbeydorney GAA was without a field back then, so with other far sighted people in the parish they set about acquiring a patch of land and developed it into a GAA grounds. It struck me on Thursday night last that he would have been mighty proud of his efforts and their culmination of the finished product under those floodlights prior to the Kerry v LIT Waterford Crystal game.
Muintir an Daingean will remember Jackie as a fine footballer, perhaps, one of their best clubmen ever, Jackie won five championships with An Daingean and as one local man said to me his performances in the 1943 and 1944 senior finals would still raise the hair in the back of your neck.
He was predeceased by his four brothers and two sisters. He was laid to rest in the grounds of St Mary's Church Dingle. May the sod of your native Dingle rest lightly on your gentle soul.
Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis. All Ireland Club Championships WELL done to Finuge who defeated Monastereven 0-9 to 0-5 in All Ireland Inter Club Football semi-final and Kenmare, who drew with Castleknock 1-12 to 0-15 in Junior Club All Ireland semi-final Championship. Munster Vocational Schools Championship CAUSEWAY CC made it five in-a-row last week defeating Coachford CC 412 to 1-9 in the Munster Vocational Schools Under 16 and a half title well done to all concerned on a truly marvellous achievement.