By Jimmy Rhatigan
Pics: Martin Doheny
IT WAS a tribute evening that the late Joan and Mick Kavanagh of St Francis Terrace would have enjoyed and certainly appreciated.
Doherty’s Bar, Friary Street was packed to the proverbial rafters on Friday as the extended Kavanagh family, friends and admirers paid tribute to a devoted couple who were both popular and respected as great neighbours and friends.
It was fitting that the evening of honour should have been held in the local pub that is a neighbour to the Fair Green as Joan and Michael enjoyed social occasions at the hostelry that is a mere stone’s throw from the family home.
The event was excellently choreographed by Noel Scanlon. Johnny Hillman, a friend of the family, was a smashing entertainer and, for old time’s sake, there were warbling contributions from Pat Ryan, Noel Scanlon and Eamon Gaffney.
A raffle will mean a contribution to the RNLI, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Joan and Mick’s favourite charity.
The couple’s eldest son, Frank thanked all for honouring his parents. Sponsors of spot prizes were also lauded.
There was a big attendance of Kavanagh family members, including Joan and Mick’s sons and daughters.
The evening ended on a sad note when word came through that Newpark man, Bosco Buckley had died in England.
A former Newpark Sarsfields player, Bosco, in his younger years, worked as a van salesman for Gateau Cakes, Rentokil and then had his own mobile greengrocery.