Thursday, June 23, 2022
Well done to Athy and District Angling Club. the council and all involved in erecting a new memorial to all those who have lost their lives on or are associated with Athy’s waterways.
The beautiful memorial stone and plaque was erected earlier this week on the anniversary of the passing of John Shaughnessy who played such a pivotal role in the development of Athy’s waterways. There will be an official opening in a few weeks when the work on the memorial is completed.
Local councillor Mark Leigh who was very involved in the erection of the memorial said in June 2020 Sean P O Mathuna organised a 5km walk down the canal.
“We had just come out of lockdown and I had just won the election to be co opted on to the council but wouldn’t be a Councillor for another few weeks.
“On the way back I noticed a series of brass plaques on the wall at Lock 27, I had never actually noticed them before. It was a poignant commemoration of those poor souls that passed away in the waterways in Athy by Athy Angling Club.
“Some were weathered and faded and I said then that one of my first motions would be to have a permanent commemoration erected,” said Cllr Leigh.
“I met with John Shaughnessy and we agreed to do it. I put in the motion in October 2020 and secured some funding from the local property tax and with the backing of my colleagues in Athy MD the wheels were in motion.
“But just as soon as it started the project ground to a halt with the untimely passing of John (RIP).
So it’s extremely fitting that on Johns first anniversary the permanent Commemoration was erected and his name was added to the plaque.
“Theres still a couple of names to be added and a bit of work to be done to the plaque and the surrounds but great to see it up.
I have to say thanks to Thomas Joseph Cahill, Des Bridgette and Ollie Flynn in Athy Anglers, very sound men and great to deal with, The Shaughnessy family, Boortmalt and my colleagues in the council, Athy Tidy Towns and of course Maher Memorials.
Sincere condolences to all the families involved.
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