03/31/2011 09:54 by Meath News and Sport
TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny was among the mourners who attended the funeral of Tony McEntee last week in Nobber.
The father of Meath East TD Shane McEntee, and former Meath All-Star Dr Gerry McEntee, Tony from Mitchelstown, Castletown, was well known in his own right as a dairy farmer in North Meath and from a lifetime of work in the Irish Farmers Association.
The mourners at the church included representatives from politics and farming, as well as the GAA. Micheal O’Muircheartaigh attended along with former Taoiseach John Bruton.
Speaking after the burial Shane McEntee paid tribute to his father.
"My father was involved in an awful lot of organisations and while he had a strong point of view - he never fell out with anyone. He always did things for the right reason, and if he was in a position he never represented himself, he always represented the people."
"His mother and father were strong Fine Gaelers from the foundation of the state so politics was always there, but the IFA was always his number one. "That's what he fought for throughout his life, farmer rights and living standards for farmers."
Originally from Nobber, Tony McEntee farmed near the village before moving to a farm in Castletown where he raised his family. After retiring he moved back into the village where he was born.
Fr Seamus Houlihan, PP Nobber and Fr Paddy Smith of Dalgan Park officiated at the removal on Wednesday evening in Nobber.
Sympathy is extended to his wife Madge and their family; Alan, Gerard, Shane, Larry, Mary, Jimmy, Tony and Andrew, brother of Mona, much loved by his son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grand- children, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends.