THERE was great sadness in Tourmakeady on Monday as news filtered through of the passing of Maureen (Tom Owen) Heneghan (nee Gibbons) from Tawnagh.
Maureen, who was aged in her 80s, was well-known in the community and was predeceased by her husband Martin and daughter Kathleen. A hard working woman, Maureen worked in Colaiste Muire for a time and reared 14 children.
Her family have been described as the ‘backbone of Tourmakeady GAA’. She was known locally as Maureen (Tom Owen) in reference to her father in-law, as way of distinguishing from other Heneghan families in the area.
In a Facebook post by CLG Thuar Mhic Éadaigh, the GAA club extended sincere sympathy to the Heneghan family.
“Since her eldest son Tom first pulled on a black and white jersey, right up to the present day, the ‘Tom Owen’ Heneghans have contributed enormously to our club on and off the field of play. In close on 50 years - without checking the record books - it is almost certain that no team has taken the field in a mens county championship game without at least one family member on the team (and usually several). The ladies team has also been very well represented over the years by the Heneghan family,” the post concluded.
Reposing in St Mary’s Funeral Home, Tourmakeady this evening (Tuesday) from 5.30pm with removal at 7.30pm to Tourmakeady Church. Mass on Wednesday morning at 11am with burial afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery.
She is survived by sons Tommy, Jimmy, Michael, Owen, Mattie, Pat and Stephen and daughters, Noreen, Judy, Breedge, Peig, Maudi and Eileen, siblings Jimmy, Noreen, Kathleen and Bridie (Chicago), sons in-law, daughters in-law and grandchildren.