September 2014 - William McKenna RIP

The death has occurred of our esteemed Board colleague, William McKenna of the Mac Cionaoith  or Clan McKenna of Truath, County Monaghan.

It is with immense sadness that the Members of the Board have learnt of Willie’s death, who was always a good friend and colleague. He will forever be remembered for his smile and wonderfully good nature. Willie died after a short illness on September 26th.
A former Mayor of County Monaghan,  Councillor and Member of the County Enterprise Board, Willie was hugely involved in community activity throughout the County and in particular in Emyvale, where he resided. He was instrumental in organising a country music festival which generated life and commercial activity in the county town, during the summer of 2013.

Willie was also intensely interested in the history of County Monaghan. In 2012 he was honoured with Life Membership of the Irish Canadian Society at a ceremony in Dublin. He had been instrumental in developing twinning ties between three Canadian communities; the town of Miramichi, New Brunswick; the city of Peterborough, Ontario and the Province of Prince Edward Island. The association between Prince Edward Island and the baronies of Monaghan and Truagh in  County Monaghan resulted from the organised migration to this fertile Canadian island in the decades before, during and after the Great Famine.

It was due to his passionate work relating to Clann McKenna that he became involved with Clans of Ireland and consequently a Member of the Board of Directors for many years. He will be deeply missed on the Board for his quietly courteous commentary attended by a ready smile, the smile which won him universal popularity.

The Board of Clans of Ireland, on behalf of all of its members, wishes to  express its deepest sympathy to his immediate family, extended family and many friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.