Willie McKenna was born in Emyvale County Monaghan Ireland on the 17th April 1933.
He was born into a farming family of four – two sons and two daughters. It is no surprise that he formed a long ad lasting relationship with the people of Prince Edward Island in Canada – many of whose ancestors had emigrated from this very part of Monaghan and became involved in Agriculture in the Province.
A Community Activist, Willie McKenna was deeply involved from an early age in his local community and later at County and National level.
In his early twenty he was elected to public office and served at the highest level I his native County for the following Thirty Years.
When approached by Tommy Makem, one of Ireland’s greatest musical entertainer on behalf of the P.E.I. representatives with a view to a twinning arrangement with County Monaghan he wholeheartedly pursued this proposal and history now reflects the success of his efforts.
Willie became a true Ambassador between the people of Monaghan and Prince Edward Island and visited the Irish Community in P.E.I. 19 times since 1990.
At Willie’s Funeral, members of the Fort Augustus Irish Community remembered his great interest in the people and the business fraternity there.
He expanded contacts in County Monaghan by encouraging representatives from rural and urban delegations to visit P.E.I. , New Brunswick and other areas.
His ability to make these contacts and coupled with his genuine interest to associate with Government Officials and residents of the community in P.E.I. made him an icon in hundreds of Canadian homes.
A road well-traveled.
Many Thanks to Willie McKenna’s wife Nancy for allowing her late husband’s name inclusion on the Ireland Canada Monument and for assisting with his biography.