Keane family return to their roots for Murrintown reunion

Published 21/05/2016 | 00:00

The Keane family from Corramacorra Murrintown held a reunion in The Danby Lodge recently; Pictured above is the extended family; RIGHT: The three eldest member of the family Madeline Gannon, who cut the cake, brother Dermot Keane and sister Kathleen Richards
The Keane family from Corramacorra Murrintown held a reunion in The Danby Lodge recently; Pictured above is the extended family; RIGHT: The three eldest member of the family Madeline Gannon, who cut the cake, brother Dermot Keane and sister Kathleen Richards
The Keane family from Corramacorra Murrintown held a reunion in The Danby Lodge recently.

A crowd of 150 people from a host of worldwide destinations converged on the Danby Lodge in Killinick for a Keane family reunion organised by Tony Keane.

Guests travelled from Canada, Australia, Colombia, France, the Netherlands, England, Wales and various locations in Ireland for a return to their roots in Corramacorra near Murrintown. Tony, whose father Liam and family hail from the area, decided to bring all of his father's surviving siblings and their families together for a one-off reunion.

'I was working on the family tree for the last number of years and thought it would be nice to get some of the branches together,' explained Tony, who is currently living and working in Dublin. 'Many of them had never been to Ireland before.'

The family received a tour of Wexford, which included a walk around Johnstown Castle and its surrounds. Fr O'Reilly then led a mass for deceased members of the family. All 150 of the guests went to the Danby Lodge that evening where they enjoyed a meal and learned more about their family's past and present.

Through researching his father's family tree, Tony has learned a lot about the Keane family. Four of his father's siblings joined the British Army and served in WW1, while another served in WWII. All survived their time in the war.

It's not the end of the celebrations for the Irish members of the Keane family. In August, Tony's parents Liam and Mary Keane will mark their 50th wedding anniversary, which will coincide with Liam's 80th birthday.

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