Wreath Laying Ceremony at Grave of John McKay


John McKay wrote up all the early GAA press reports for Cork, as well as his other duties.

A wreath laying ceremony took place at his grave in London on Saturday 2rd December 2023

It was hosted by Provincial Council of Britain and London County Board

Amhrán na bhFiann played by uilleann piper, Tom Lynch

 Blessing of grave and prayers led by Rev. John Buckley, PP Cricklewood, a Cork native.

 Wreaths laid by

1. Seán Óg McAteer (Down secretary) and Michael McArdle (Ulster Council PRO, from Down)

2. Michael Walker (Prov Council of Britain) and myself (GAA History Committee)

3. Amy O Connor, Cork All-Ireland winning camogie captain, on behalf of Cork

 John Arnold of Cork sang The Mountains of Mourne.

 Dónal McAnallen  gave an oration about John McKay and family which was followed by John Arnold singing  The Banks of my own Lovely Lee. This was followed by some laments being played on pipes.A rep from the Irish Embassy was also present.The pictures attached show Dónal McAnallen with the Down representatives and Phil McKay, a former Wicklow minor footballer and now resident and Aylesbury;  Amy O Connor (Cork Camogie captain) with John Arnold after the wreath-laying; and one of Rev. John Buckley leading prayers.