Bridge named after Keady folk legend

July 20, 2010

A bridge in the American state of New Hampshire is to be named after the legendary folk singer Tommy Makem and his wife Mary.

‘The Tommy and Mary Makem Memorial Bridge’ in Dover, NH is to be dedicated to the couple on July 30th.

Mr Makem, who was best known as a member of the hugely popular folk group The Clancy Brothers, emigrated from his native Keady to America in 1955.

He spent the last thirty years of his life in Dover with his family before he died in 2007 aged 74.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary in 2001.

Tommy’s nephew Peter Makem says the dedication of the bridge is ‘a huge honour’ but questioned why the singer has never been formally honoured in his home town.

“He will be dead three years on August 1st and there has never been any word of anything being done in Keady,” Peter said.

“Joe Dolan got a statue in Mullingar and Rory Gallagher go a statue in Ballyshannon.  It’s about time something was done for Tommy.

“I can’t think of anyone more famous who’s come out of Keady,” he added.