A century plus old Leinster hurling medal has been returned to a grateful Kilkenny family after a lengthy travel to far off place.
A 1909 Leinster senior hurling championship medal was in the care of the Newport family, Fethard, for many years and it was recently returned to the winner’s family.
The noble gesture was made by Tony Newport from Fethard. The medal was won by the legendary Dan Kennedy, an icon of Tullaroan and Kilkenny hurling in his day.
Dan Kennedy gave the medal to Tony’s aunt, Ms Monica Kenrick Sharp, who died 1962. Returning to her native Fethard following a 40 year nursing career in England, Monica gave the medal to Tony with the request: “I want you to look after this for me.”
Tony was delighted to do just that, but he always felt the medal belonged in another place, namely Tullaroan and Kilkenny.
Thinking it was about time he went with his deep down feelings, he made a few enquiries and discovered that Ms Fidelma Boyle, now living in Derry, was Dan Kennedy’s nearest living relative.
While visiting her native Kilkenny at the end of May, Tony arranged to meet Fidelma and to her delight he presented her with the medal in the Marble City.
She became quite emotional after receiving the medal, bearing in mind its serious history. She said she would cherish and treasure the medal and in due course would pass it on to her children and grandchildren.