Friday 20 April 2018

94-year-old Eddie never forgot his Wexford roots

There is widespread sadness following the recent death in Dublin of County Wexford native Edward (Eddie) Kenny.

Eddie, who grew up in Blackwater, passed away on January 14 at the age of 94 years.

He moved to Dublin in the late 1940's but never forgot his native area and regularly returned to Blackwater for visits, bringing his family with him. His children spent summer holidays with their grandparents Michael and Brigid Kenny of Inch, Blackwater.

Eddie loved the trips back home, calling into Saucer Whelan's for a glass of Guinness and reminiscing about his younger days working out the back of Davis's pub.

The family would take a drive over to Ballyconnigar strand to witness the steady erosion of Keating's farm where they once celebrated the big Sunday in August.

Eddie moved to Turvey House in Donabate, County Dublin in 1947. He met his wife Mary and they raised their family in Turvey Lodge and then Seaview Park. He was a wonderful father who enriched the lives of his children and passed onto them the philosophy that it's nice to be nice.

He loved sport and especially enjoyed watching snooker on television with Mary.

His children grew up listening to him shouting at the radio with excitement in the kitchen on a Sunday after noon when the Wexford hurlers were playing in Croke Park.

When their family grew up, he and Mary cherished the arrival of each grandchild and in recent years, they were delighted as their great-grandchildren came along.

Eddie is sadly missed by his loving wife Mary; his sons Mick, Patsy, Sean and Donal; his daughter Breda; his son-in-law; daughters-in-law; his brother Luke (Waterford); his sisters Bridie Whitmore (Gorey) and Maggie Doyle (Curracloe); his grandchildren; great-grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Wexford People

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