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Owen McKenna Cup 2018

Owen McKenna, formerly from Brackagh, was well known in the Truagh Club before he emigrated to London, then to Dubai where he met his future wife and they married and settled in Christchurch, New Zealand. There he was sadly killed in an Earthquake in 2011. During his time in Christchurch he was instrumental in developing the local Gaelic Football club and the Irish community. Indeed earlier this year the Chieftain of the McKenna Clan, Jerry McKenna from Texas USA, designed and had produced a McKenna Medal of Honour, and he travelled to Christchurch to present one of these medals to the family of the late Owen in recognition for the work he did for the McKenna name and his community. In return Jerry was presented with a framed Jersey from the Club. At home here the McKenna family presented a Cup for a Gaelic Football competition between the pupils from Edenmore, Deravoy, Clara and Knockconan National Schools. The 2018 competition was held on Friday, June 8th in glorious sunshine at St. Mellans and it was a feast of good football and sporting endeavours followed the singing on Amhran na bhFiann by Aine Treanor. Running along side the competition for the Boys was a competition for the girls with the winning school getting the Cornacreeve Mushrooms Cup. This went to Edenmore NS and Rachel McKenna presented the Cup to the winning captains Rachel McKenna and Orla McElroy. In the Boys section the final was won by Knockconan NS and their captains, James McKenna and Sean O'Connell, received the Owen McKenna Cup from Brendan McKenna, Owen's brother. Mickey Corrigan thanked everyone for their involvement and singled out Barry Cuddy and the other School Princpals and staff and the referees for their help in organising the event. To finish all enjoyed a helping of fresh fruit - the Healthy Option in keeping with Truagh's Health and Well-being initiative.

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