The unveiling ceremony for the memorial bench to Michael Casey (1942-2020) took place on The Green, Park View/Park View Drive, Kilkenny on Friday, April 21.
Michael was a native of Cork and lived in Park View Drive, Kilkenny for many years. He was the Chairperson of the Park View and Park View Drive Residents Association for over 20 years. In many ways the bench is a thank you gift to Michael for his significant commitment, contribution and service to the residents of Park View and Park View Drive.
Michael, whose working career was spent in the Department of Agriculture, was a great influence in many theatre groups across the country as an actor and director and even performed as the Bull McCabe in J.B Keane’s “The Field” alongside the Ceann Comhairle Seán O Fearghail many years ago. He was also an active inspirational participant in the Kilkenny Toastmasters group.
Michael’s friends, neighbours and colleagues attended the unveiling in large numbers with Michael’s wife Geraldine Fennelly-Casey overwhelmed that he would be so greatly honoured with the memorial bench in this way in his local community. The Residents Committee were delighted to have Mayor David Fitzgerald and Fr. Jim Murphy there for the unveiling, and would like to express their appreciation to everyone who has been involved in the project. Also a special thanks to the children that attended and to Saoirse Hayes for reading a beautiful poem and Kate Cunningham on presenting flowers to Michael’s wife Geraldine.