Coventry

  • An Irish family in Britain, with strong Ballyhaunis connections who campaigned to have an Irish language phrase on their late mother's headstone was finally able to put the stone in place yesterday (St Patrick’s Day). 

    Last month, the highest ecclesiastical court in Britain overturned a decision by a judge in a lower court, who had ruled that Margaret Keane's inscription must carry an English translation, in case passersby thought the Irish message was a political slogan. 

    This cleared the way for the words "in ár gcroí go deo" - meaning "in our heart forever" - to be written on the headstone in 'The Meadow' - a new annex to the older churchyard of St Giles, in Coventry 

    The ruling also said that parish records must record the English translation.

    73-year-old Mrs Keane, formerly of Waterford and Meath, passed away in August 2018. She had lived most of her life in Coventry. She was a dinner lady in the local school for 26 years, and was a stalwart of the GAA in Coventry and the country of Warwickshire. She received a President's International Award at a ceremony in Croke Park in 2017. 

    She is survived by her husband Bernard and children Collette, Michael, Vincent, Bernadette, Caroline, and Donna.

    Her husband, Bernie, is a regular visitor to Ballyhaunis where his brothers Patsy and Emmet run Keane’s Kitchens. He was a former Provincial president of the GAA in Britain, and was a noted hurler. 

     

  • 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".