President Mary McAleese was in Hillstreet on Friday evening last to unveil a plaque to the memory of her cousin, bus driver Eugene McGreevy.
The plaque was located on the outskirts of the village, just half a mile from the location of the collision which resulted in the death of 56-year-old Mr. McGreevy.
A large number of family, friends and school children gathered at the location, despite bitterly cold weather and intermittent showers. Gerry Tiernan, Chairman of the Aughrim Kilmore Development Association, was MC for the occasion and he welcomed the President to Hillstreet and thanked her for taking the time to perform the unveiling.
After the plaque was unveiled, Mr. Tiernan thanked the late Mr. McGreevy’s sisters Mary and Nuala for attending the event and thanked everyone who helped in organising the occasion.
Fr. Eddie Moore, Parish Priest blessed the plaque and described Mr. McGreevy as a “kind and dedicated servant.” At the end of the event, President McAleese was presented with flowers by Katie Collins and Gary Notley, two schoolchildren who were on the bus when the accident occurred. Presentations were also made to the late Mr. McGreevy’s sisters.
After the formalities, the President, who made no official speech, had a few words with family members and school children and then left for her home in Croghan. The event in Hillstreet had been timed for 4.30 pm and the President arrived at approximately 4.45 pm. Later that evening, the President suffered chest pains and was taken to Sligo General Hospital, arriving just after 6 pm. She was treated by waiting doctors and was later discharged.