The name Keadue comes from the Old Irish word “Céite” meaning a low-lying green hill. Kilronan Mountain is to the north of the village and Lough Meelagh lies to the west. The rivers Shannon and Feorish bound the area to the south and east. Keadue made history in 1993 by becoming the first town/village in the West of Ireland to win the National Award in the “Tidy Towns” competition. The village won a silver medal in the “Entente Florale” competition in 2003 and in 2004 the title “The Best Kept Town in the 32 Counties of Ireland” was bestowed on Keadue.
This panel is erected to the memory of Reverend Fr. Seán Tynan. Parish Priest of Kilronan Parish 1990-2007
Fr. Sean was involved in all aspects of Kilronan Community life, drama, light entertainment, tourism development, Arigna Leader, O’Carolan Harp festival, Tidy Towns and the development of the Mining Experience in Arigna. He had a special interest in historical sites e.g. The Court Tomb in Knockranny Wood, The Famine Grave overlooking Ballyfarnon and other ancient settlements throughout the Parish. Among his many and varied projects was the concept of the “Miners’ Way” a Walking Trail based on traditional routes taken by miners. As an avid walker, he could identify with the men who trekked many miles over rough terrain to work in the coal mines in Arigna.
In the beginning he located the stiles, paths and shortcuts that were used. He noted the routes as he went along and with the assistance of ex-miners and other local knowledge he was instrumental in developing what is now known as the “Miners’ Way”.
He could be seen at any time, day or night, traversing the Parish, appreciating the beauty and variety of the scenery - lakes, mountains, and waterfalls - and no doubt planning how such natural attributes could be sold to the world at large!
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