Community mourns passing of the late Anne McGeeney

September 15, 2014

The untimely passing of Anne McGeeney Murray on Thursday stunned the community of her native Crossmaglen and prompted a sense of deep sadness amongst her many family and friends in the area.

Her death, after a short illness, is a particularly devastating blow to her family, coming just two weeks after the passing of her father, Pat.

Ann lived in Warrenpoint with her husband Jimmy and her four children but prior to her marriage, and for a period afterwards, she was employed by the Community Association in Crossmaglen where she distinguished herself through her tireless efforts to improve the local and wider south Armagh area.

Renowned for her unconventional attitude, Ann led from the front, never seeking approval, but was blessed with an affable demeanour that endeared her to everyone.

She is fondly remembered by all with whom she came in contact, particularly through the Action for Community Employment or ACE scheme – as it was better known.

This scheme provided the unemployed with the opportunity to get involved in various aspects of community work, such as painting and decorating for the elderly, maintaining graveyards and public places, working in playgroups, creches or visiting the sick and elderly.

Many people who had been out of work for a period of time used this scheme to redress the situation and are indepted to Anne for providing them with the stepping stone that often led to gainful employment.

Bigger projects were also undertaken under the scheme, such as the removal of the Mart from Crossmaglen Square, the Community Transport scheme and the creation of the Slieve Gullion View, a fortnightly broadsheet, which was a forerunner to The Examiner newspaper.

Ann was to the fore with all of these projects, totally committed and regularly working anti-social hours to ensure positive outcomes.

She did not limit herself to Crossmaglen, but working with almost every community group in the area, she helped set up cooperatives such as RoSA (Regeneration of South Armagh), as well as a number of women’s groups throughout the area.

Anne continued to work in the voluntary and statutory sector when she moved to live in Warrenpoint, though kept the best interests of south Armagh and Crossmaglen close to her heart.

To say she will be sadly missed is an understatement, and we in The Examiner take this opportunity to extend deepest sympathy to her husband Jimmy, daughters Daisy and Holly, sons Ardal and James, her mother Catherine, brother Michael, sisters Mary and Cathy and the entire family circle.

Requiem Mass for Anne was held on Sunday in Mary Queen of Peace Church, Warrenpoint. Cremation will take place today (Monday 15th September) in Roselawn  Crematorium, Belfast.