There was a great sense of shock and sadness in the GAA community of Killanny and the wider Monaghan GAA, when news of the death of Michael McKeown broke on Tuesday evening June 5th. Micheal was a lifelong GAA enthusiast and worker and served in a variety of capacities at club and county level. His particular area of interest in the association was in coaching and in his capacity as a coach he worked with a number of clubs in Monaghan as well as at county level in both the mens and ladies games. He was involved with the Monaghan ladies teams when Monaghan was emerging as a power in that code and also served as a selector and coach with county minor teams.
His greatest contribution though was perhaps his work in setting up the first county wide schools coaching programme, whereby qualified coaches visited every national school in the county on a pre-scheduled rota and that scheme was administered almost solely by Micheal and was such a success that the template was copied in many other counties and the scheme was later to develop into the elaborate coaching scheme that is in place in the county at present. With his passing the GAA in Monaghan has lost a dedicated worker and friend who will be sorely missed but not to the same extent as his wife Mary and his family, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. Michael’s
Removal will take place on Saturday morning at 10.30am, arriving at St. Enda’s Church, Killanny for Funeral Mass at 11.30am, with burial afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
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