Rory O’Connor: The death took place last week of one of Knocknagoshel’s most famous sons in the person of Rory O’Connor. A native of Bunavalla, he was based in Rochestown Avenue, Dun Laoghaire for a long number of years. As a child he attended Knockback National School where his late parents Annie and Seamus taught. Rory acquired his secondary education at Rockwell College, Tipperary. He then moved to Dublin becoming a Barrister after studying Law at the Kings Inns. He began his media career at the age of 21 as a junior journalist with The Irish Press in 1949, later working as a news editor and film critic for the Sunday Press. In 1954 he joined the national radio station Radio Eireann as a news writer and broadcaster, He was called to the Bar in 1960, but returned to broadcasting journalism when RTE Television was setup in 1960. He continued on to become Managing Editor of RTE TV News Many locals recall Rory giving the Topical Talk on Radio Eireann in the 1950s and 1960s. A proud Kerryman he never failed to highlight events in his native county especially if Knocknagoshel featured. In later years Rory published his bestselling book Gander at the Gate. Rory who was christened after Four Courts Martyr Rory O’Connor died after a brief illness and is survived by his wife Pauline, son Roderick, daughters Emer and Paulette, grandson Rory ,son in-law Ronan. Sisters Eileen and Patricia, sister in law Monica; brothers in law Michael and Peter ; nephews and nieces..Rory was predeceased by his brother Desmond and sister Maura. There were very large attendances at both removal of his remains from his residence to the Church of the Holy Family ,Kill O’ Grange ,County Dublin and at the burial in Deansgrange Cemetery . Sincere sympathy is extended to all his relatives , friends,and forer RTE colleagues.
School Reunion: Well the big day for all past pupils of Loughfouder National School is almost upon us . On this Saturday June 22nd a massive attendance is expected at this Gathering the first of its kind in the parish. No doubt but many old friends will meet up and harp back to their days at the old Alma Mater. To one and all have a great day and night.
Races: All roads lead to Castleisland Races on Sunday next . This is always a wonderful day out for punters. Hopefully star Knocknagoshel jockey Gerry Mangan will enter the winners enclosure.
Fishing: The return of heavy rain has seen the local rivers swollen and fishermen and fisherwomen are once again to be seen trawling the riverbanks with rod and reel.
Sympathy: Sincere sympathy is extended to the Quirke family Abbeyfeale on their recent bereavement.