A horrific car crash on the outskirts of Kilkenny city last week claimed the lives of the mother and father of one of Tipperary’s well known camogie players.
Husband and wife, Tom and Angela Kenneally of Templemore, tragically died following the two car collision which happened last Wednesday evening, August 24.
The couple were parents of Tipp camogie player Rosie Kenneally, and are also survived by their five other children. Another daughter was travelling with her parents when the terrible accident happened and was seriously injured.
The shocked family were comforted by neighbours and friends in the small community of Barnane, near Templemore, following the tragedy.
Tom, a farmer, and retired primary teacher Angela, nee Hickey, were travelling back to their home after a shopping trip to Kilkenny, when the collision occurred shortly before 7pm, about four miles from the city at Troywood on the Freshford Road.
Mr Kenneally (65) died at the scene while his seriously injured wife, who was 61, was pronounced dead at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny a short time later.
Two people travelling in the second car were brought to St Luke’s hospital in Kilkenny. Their injuries were not life threatening, although the driver is seriously injured. Two of the injured were later transferred to Waterford Regional Hospital.
Travelling with her parents was Emma Kenneally, who suffered several broken bones, including hip and collar bone injuries. She is still under treatment at Waterford Regional Hospital.
Tommy Kenneally was born in Barnane and was well-known around the Templemore area while his wife was a teacher at Drom National School until her retirement within the last year. She taught junior and senior infants for many years.
Two of the Kenneallys’ daughters have been heavily involved in the local Drom and Inch camogie team since an early age and played for their county on several occasions.
Tom was known for always attending matches to cheer on the girls.
Chairman of Drom and Inch GAA club, Austin Broderick, said the tragedy had “put a complete blanket of sadness over the parish. It’s a desperate tragedy and it has had a big affect on both young and old. It’s a very, very sad occasion when a mother and father are taken away together.”
The Kenneally’s were big supporters of the club, attending all matches. “On behalf of the club we offer out total sympathy to the family. They will be sadly missed,” Austin said, adding that everyone sent their best wishes to Emma, still in hospital.
The couple were laid to rest on Sunday, following their funeral mass, which was attended by the biggest crowd ever seen in the village. Children from Drom National School stood with members of the camogie club and the GAA club to form guard of honour for the funeral procession, at Saturday evening’s removal.
Tom and Angela are survived by their children Mary, John, Emma, Patrick, Rosanna and Kristina, Angela’s mother Margaret, brothers and sister Tommy, Rita, Maura, Anne, Michael, Donal and Bridget, Eilish, Tom, Joan, Betty, Norah, Mary Bridget, sisters in law, brothers in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.