St Bren­dan’s re­mem­bers the much-loved Billy and Nancy

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

A TOUCH­ING tribute was paid last week at St Bren­dan’s Col­lege as fam­ily mem­bers and rel­a­tives of the late Billy and Mary ‘Nancy’ Kennedy called in for a spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tion for two well-known former work­ers at th eschool.

Billy, who died in July, 2017, was a stal­wart of the col­lege; after he was em­ployed as the school’s first main­te­nance worker by Bishop Moyni­han, he went on to spend al­most 60 years work­ing at St Bren­dan’s.

“He was a man of all trades,” Ed O’Neill of St Bren­dan’s Col­lege ex­plained to The Ker­ry­man. “He was a car­pen­ter, but he could turn his hand to any­thing. He could do plumb­ing, he was an elec­tri­cian, any­thing, and car­ried out a huge amount of work at St Bren­dan’s. He did a lot of work for Bishop Moyni­han, also.

“He met Nancy [who died in 2015] at St Bren­dan’s, and she worked here also. She would have helped out with the board­ers that were here in the col­lege; she would have given a hand at meal­times, tidy­ing up af­ter­wards, and more.”

Last Wed­nes­day, the late cou­ple was hon- oured as fam­ily mem­bers, mem­bers of the clergy, and St Bren­dan’s staff past and present were in the school for a spe­cial tribute to the pair. Now, near the main en­trance, Billy and Nancy are to be seen through a framed black-and-white photo of the cou­ple aboard a mo­tor­bike.

“Aside from their fam­ily, we also had Prin­ci­pal Seán Cof­fey; and deputy prin­ci­pal Brid­get Lucey,” Mr O’Neill said. “Also there were Eileen O’Leary; Tony Be­han, a former prin­ci­pal; Frs Larry Kelly and Jim Ken­nelly; and a former prin­ci­pal, Canon Jim Lin­nane.

“It was lovely to pay tribute to two fig­ures that were so strongly linked to St Bren­dan’s.”

ABOVE: The fam­ily of the late Billy and Nancy Kennedy Juliet, Paul, Maria and Ai­den Kennedy, Marie O’Donoghue, John, Tom, Aileen and Kate Mur­phy at the un­veil­ing of a mem­ory photo of par­ents Billy and Nancy Kennedy who both worked in St Bren­dan’s Col­lege. Also in photo (sec­ond row from left) Ed O’Neill, Sean Cof­fey Prin­ci­pal, Fr Jim Lin­nane, Fr Jim Ken­nelly, Brid­get Deputy Prin­ci­pal, Tony Be­han, Fr Larry Kelly and Eileen O’Leary.

Pho­tos by Michelle Cooper Galvin

The fam­ily of the late Billy and Nancy Kennedy Paul, Aileen, Marie and Ai­den Kennedy with (left) Ed O’Neill St Bren­dan’s Col­lege un­veil­ing the framed pho­to­graph of Billy and Nancy at St Bren­dan’s Col­lege, Kil­lar­ney on Wed­nes­day.

Billy Kennedy, care­taker at St Bren­dan’s Col­lege from 1951 to 2010, pic­tured with his wife, Nancy. Billy met Nancy when she joined the staff of St Bren­dan’s Col­lege, Kil­lar­ney.

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