Regional Report 1102 – 14th February 2012


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to News Report 1102. Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this  lovely Spring morning.

Sadly, this week we mourn the passing of one of our most outstanding people. Willie Neenan, who was born in August of  1933, will forever go down in the history books of Millstreet as being our  best ever in the field of athletics.
His sporting career stretched from the age of fifteen, when he became part of the Millstreet Athletic Club to when he won a silver medal, in the world Veteran  Cross Country Championships at the age of 50, in Puerto Rico, and still he continued to race and win, well into his seventies.
During his long years in sport he never failed to encourage others to get involved and to train and to become winners too.
The huge crowds that attended his funeral went to show the high esteem at which Willie Neenan was held by his co-athletes as well as our community at large. May his gentle soul now rest in peace as we offer our deepest sympathy to his lovely wife Marie and his family.
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