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Fr. Michael McKenna: On Sunday afternoon, November 17th some members of the Emyvale Juvenile club entertained Fr. Michael McKenna, affectionately known as Fr. Mick, at the Club GAA HQ at Tully. He was delighted to see the name of Saint Oliver Plunkett on the facility and marvelled at the fantastic amenity which the club has built up there. Fr. Mick, formerly Michael McKenna from Mullaghbrackscott at Tiernaneil, is returning to his mission in Hong Kong and the club presented him with a club Jacket with the club crest. In his young days he attended Corracrin NS and then went to the Christian Brothers in Monaghan before heading off to college in Pallaskenry in County Limerick. He was a great footballer and a member of the Emyvale Club. He also played for Monaghan County teams in Minor and Senior and on one occasion he played for both teams on the same day. Indeed when he went to college in Pallaskenry he was selected on the Munster Colleges team and they won the All-Ireland defeating Ulster in the final. So he has to be one of the few Monaghan men, but definitely the only Emyvale man, who has won an All-Ireland Colleges medal for Munster or indeed any other province. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1968 and celebrated his Golden Jubilee in 2018. Present at his visit to Tully were some of those, who were involved with the U17 championship and League winning squad, with the two cups. The current and previous Juvenile Chairpersons, Shane McCormack and Martin O’Brien, were there and the presentation was done by Shane. Also there were members of the McCormack family who are related to Fr. Michael. While enjoying some refreshments with the gathering Fr. Mick thanked and expressed his appreciation and recalled his days playing for Emyvale and for Monaghan. He congratulated the club and its members for the great work they do and wished them further success on the field of play. Fr. Mick is heading back to his mission, which is centred in Hong Kong, though he spent 24 years of his missionary life in China. The Salesian Order has a Home for the Elderly and a college and in Hong Kong. Fr. Mick spent many years working in the College and he is going back there again. All wished him a safe journey back and health and happiness in the years ahead. We would hope to see him back again to the land of his youth in the not too distant future to be pictured holding more silverware won by the club but he informed us that he has no plans to return as his age and health may be against him. At morning Mass in the Oratory he bade farewell to all and called on God’s blessings on all.
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Fr. Michael McKenna: On Sunday afternoon, November 17th some members of the Emyvale Juvenile club entertained Fr. Michael McKenna, affectionately known as Fr. Mick, at the Club GAA HQ at Tully. He was delighted to see the name of Saint Oliver Plunkett on the facility and marvelled at the fantastic amenity which the club has built up there. Fr. Mick, formerly Michael McKenna from Mullaghbrackscott at Tiernaneil, is returning to his mission in Hong Kong and the club presented him with a club Jacket with the club crest. In his young days he attended Corracrin NS and then went to the Christian Brothers in Monaghan before heading off to college in Pallaskenry in County Limerick. He was a great footballer and a member of the Emyvale Club. He also played for Monaghan County teams in Minor and Senior and on one occasion he played for both teams on the same day. Indeed when he went to college in Pallaskenry he was selected on the Munster Colleges team and they won the All-Ireland defeating Ulster in the final. So he has to be one of the few Monaghan men, but definitely the only Emyvale man, who has won an All-Ireland Colleges medal for Munster or indeed any other province. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1968 and celebrated his Golden Jubilee in 2018. Present at his visit to Tully were some of those, who were involved with the U17 championship and League winning squad, with the two cups. The current and previous Juvenile Chairpersons, Shane McCormack and Martin O’Brien, were there and the presentation was done by Shane. Also there were members of the McCormack family who are related to Fr. Michael. While enjoying some refreshments with the gathering Fr. Mick thanked and expressed his appreciation and recalled his days playing for Emyvale and for Monaghan. He congratulated the club and its members for the great work they do and wished them further success on the field of play. Fr. Mick is heading back to his mission, which is centred in Hong Kong, though he spent 24 years of his missionary life in China. The Salesian Order has a Home for the Elderly and a college and in Hong Kong. Fr. Mick spent many years working in the College and he is going back there again. All wished him a safe journey back and health and happiness in the years ahead. We would hope to see him back again to the land of his youth in the not too distant future to be pictured holding more silverware won by the club but he informed us that he has no plans to return as his age and health may be against him. At morning Mass in the Oratory he bade farewell to all and called on God’s blessings on all.