Christy Kelly by Martin T. Kelly

During the summer the parish mourned the passing of one who loved life, Christy Kelly.

Christy’s personality lit up many facets of life; the workplace, the golf-club, the local bar, the playing field and the neighbourhood. He was always the one to ‘break the ice’ for the visitor or stranger or to enliven even the most serious debate with a humourous story or well timed joke.

Always a participant and never merely an observer, Christy encouraged his friends to venture into areas previously unknown to them. There are many now with a ‘respectable’ handicap, who, were it not for Christy’s encouragement, would never have swung a golf club. A whole generation of camogie players remember with affection his advice and support during good times and bad.

Christy took up the sport of hunting at a time when the sport was opening up to local landowners and their families. Hunting lore abounds with many accounts of his courage and skill as he traversed the ‘double stonewalls’ of Ballygurrane, Castle Lambert, Moorpark, Cahertymore and Carnaun in pursuit of the elusive fox.

This was his native landscape and he knew every field and common.

Christy passed away as he had lived, in giving pleasure to others. Ar dheis

De go raibh a anam.

Martin T. Kelly for the Athenry Journal December 1996

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