Memorial walk for renowned Kerry man Gerry Enright

Sinead Kelleher

The sudden passing of Tralee native Gerry Enright, who died while on a walking holiday in Spain last month, shocked everybody in Kerry and especially in his adopted town of Cahersiveen.

Gerry and his wife Mary and daughter Meabh resided in Over-The-Water, Cahersiveen, for 20 years, through his work with the Legal Aid Board. 

Gerry was originally from Tralee and he is fondly remembered in North and South Kerry.

This weekend friends and family will come together with a memorial walk for Mr Enright, an appropriate gesture to remember him given his love for the hills of South Kerry.  A passionate historian, he offered insightful and entertaining guided tours of Caherciveen, and walking tours of the Beautiful Iveragh Peninsula. 

He was an advocate for The Kerry Way, Irish Pilgrim Paths and a great support and friend to all the Cahersiveen community.  Gerry's Grandfather was Jack 'Sean' McCarthy, born in Blennerville in 1898, He trained the Kerry senior footballers to their first four-in-a-row All-Ireland victories from 1929-32. 

While his paternal great grandfather, Thomas Enright, a coach driver for the Knight of Kerry worked seasonally in Glanleam, Valentia Island. Gerry relished Sigerson Clifford's famous poem and is so fitting for this wonderful man "For Always I am Kerry" and this weekend will remember him in a special way. 

"A few friends of Gerry just wanted to get together and remember him," explained John Quirke. "We hope to have friends from all over Kerry."

The group will walk The Kerry Way from Cahersiveen to Mountain Stage, which was one of Gerry's favourite walks.  The four-hour trek will take place this Sunday, August 11, 2019, departing from the Market House at 9.30am. Friends travelling from North Kerry and from Tralee will meet at Mountain Stage to begin the walk.

The walk is not a fundraiser. but funds were raised at Gerry's funeral for Kerry Mountain Rescue and the RNLI.  SKDP and Gerry's family are very supportive of the walk and it is hoped that the memorial walk may become an annual event. For details contact John Quirke on 087 2627 267.