Michael Henry (RIP) 11th June 2018
Sadness has darkened the club and parish door again as the news of one of our greatest clubman's passing this morning.
Michael Henry did it all for Kiltane, he played for and managed the Senior team, he was Secretary and Chairman and so much more in between.
Michael was not your stereotypical midfielder but he built a formidable partnership with Paddy Corrigan in the early 1970s, as they led the club from Junior to a Senior County Semi final in one dramatic run. Michael was a classy player who relied on his superior footballing acumen to stay ahead of those around him. His accurate freetaking was also a massive bonus for Kiltane to call on when Championship pressure was at its greatest.
Michael continued to play throughout the 1970s and 80s and was also a highly accomplished soccer player as many who saw him with Shraigh United attest to. But Michael loved his club and when father time called time on his playing career, Michael was an obvious candidate for management and training the Kiltane Senior team. Michael brought Kiltane to two Senior County Semi Finals and was highly respected by those who played for him.
He was also heavily involved in the clubs administration and took on the role of Secretary and Chairman on numerous occasions even while still playing but that was Michael, totally devouted and totally Kiltane.
He leaves behind a legacy in Kiltane of what it was like to be a true Gael and clubman. He gave everything in so many different ways to the club whilst he could, took on every challenge the club presented and left it in a better place after each task afforded him. For that Kiltane are truly indebted to him.
We will join on Wednesday evening in Geesala for his mass at 8pm and again on Thursday at 1pm to remember and celebrate a life of service to our club.
Michael was never a man for ceremony but his efforts deserve our gratitude. He played and led us with his brother Murie in the Blue and Gold for many years, Kiltane's legendary Henry Brothers, we pray they are reunited and content tonight! Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis.