Killeshandra's 'colourful character' laid to rest

Tributes have been paid following the tragic death of a pedestrian in Cavan last week.

Pedestrian Fergus McMenamin (63) was fatally injured after being struck by a car while walking on the R198. He was described by those who knew him as a "colourful character" and "full of local knowledge".

Mr McMenamin, of Main Street, Killeshandra, died suddenly at Cavan General Hospital following the road accident at Coras Point at around 9pm on September 8.

Mr McMenamin, only son of the late James M.P.S.I. and Mona, who ran a pharmacy in Killeshandra, was laid to rest earlier this week following funeral mass at St Brigid's Church in the town on Monday.

Burial took place in the adjoining cemetery, and Mr McMenamin's death is deeply regretted by his cousins, friends and neighbours.

"He was a colourful character around the town, full of knowledge about local history, family trees and a great interest in the law," said one person who knew Mr McMenamin since childhood.

Mr Menamin, who lived all his life on Main Street, Killeshandra, and spent his career working in his parents' pharmacy, was also described as a "devoted son" to his mother Mona after the death of his father, until she too passed away in 2015.

"He was a keen footballer in his younger years," she noted of Mr McMenamin, who remained a proud supporter of Killeshandra Leaguers GFC and Cavan GAA throughout his life.

"He loved traditional music and attended many Comhaltas sessions throughout the years. Following his retirement from working in the family pharmacy, he took a great interest in court cases at Cavan courthouse and had an extensive knowledge on the workings of the law."

Killeshandra GAA also paid tribute to the passing a long time member of the club, who served as the club's Irish officer for 20 years and first aid man for five years.