Bernard Keane

  • The family of a Ballyhaunis man in the UK has won an appeal in the country's highest ecclesiastical court to have an inscription in Irish on their mother's grave in Ash Greeen, Coventry.

    A decision by a judge in a lower court had ruled Margaret Keane's inscription must carry an English translation, in case passersby thought the Irish message was a political slogan.

    The decision was overturned in a ruling yesterday evening in the Court of Arches, the highest appeal court in the Church of England. 

    The way has now been cleared for the words "in ár gcroíthe go deo" - meaning "in our hearts forever" - to be written on her gravestone. 

    However, parish records must record the English translation.

    Margaret's husband Bernard Keane is a native of Ballyhaunis and was a former Provincial president of the GAA in Britain.

    Margaret was also a senior figure with the Coventry GAA and received a President’s International Award at a ceremony in Croke Park in 2017.

    She died in July 2018 at the age of 73, and her gravestone can now be erected according to family wishes, and will carry a Celtic Cross, GAA logo and the words "as Gaeilge".