Eamonn Stamp who is a pupil of Clonmore National School became the second recipient of the Jerry Coonan Memorial Shield on June 26th last.
The presentation was made by branch chairman, Billy Fennell. Eamonn was nominated by his school in recognition of his “effort and attitude” in all areas of school life. Congratulations and well done to Eamonn and we wish him well in all his endeavours.
The shield honours the memory of the late Jerry Coonan (Gurtnagoona) who was a founder member of the Pearse McCan Branch. Following the outbreak of WW2 Jerry answered the “call to arms” and presented himself at the Garda Station in Clonakenny and enlisted in the Local defence Force (LDF). At the end of the emergency Jerry continued to serve his country and joined the Templemore Battalion FCA which later (1959) became the 3rd. Field Artillery Regiment.
Jerry always remained loyal to his former comrades, especially those with whom he served with in the L.D.F. and it was because of that loyalty he believed there should be an ex-servicemen’s organisation in the area. On the 28th of March 2003 Jerry’s wish was realised when the Pearse McCan Branch O.N.E. was formed.
Sadly, Jerry died a little over a year after the branch was formed. In recognition of Jerry’s service to his country and his role in the formation of the branch, the membership considered it appropriate to honour his memory.