NENAGH’S Mayor Seamus Morris has honoured six people for their contribution to the town over the decades.
In what turned out to be an emotional night for the recipients and their family and friends, the Mayor paid tribute to Brendan Treacy, Milo Gleeson, Vincent Savage, Aidan Ryan, Mikey Burns and Jack Kennedy I what he called A Night of Heroes.
Cllr Morris told the gathering in the Hibernian Inn that every town and village was a community made up of different communities, be it sporting communities, arts and entertainment communities that are mostly served by a willing volunteer.
“I have always thought that Nenagh is extraordinarily well served with the type of voluntary commitment that we have in this great town of ours. In 2004, I came up the idea of bringing together people from all different communities in the town and rewarding them for their effort for this town in A Night Of Heroes event,” he said.
Cllr Morris said that the awards were not based on achievement only, but also durability and commitment to Nenagh. “Tonight, I bring together six extraordinary people who have given huge commitment to their art or their communities in this town, and who have passionately become part of Nenagh,” he said.
Cllr Morris said that Mikey Burns had “very quietly lived in Monaree in relative obscurity, keeping to himself a legendary hurling past.
“This Prince of Wingbacks has won five senior All-Ireland medals for Tipperary – 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964, and 1965; eight Munster senior medals – 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, and 1968; one All Ireland minor medal in 1955; two Munster minor medals in 1954 and 1955; six National League medals; four Oireachtas medals, one Railway Cup medal; two Brennan Cup medals in New York; three North Tipperary minor medals; one North Tipperary Junior medal; two North Tipperary senior medals, and two Dublin Senior League medals with Faughs.
The Moor said that Mr Burns had been a hugely skilful wingback with great style and wrists.
“It is amazing that Mick Burns has managed to hide himself away for so long without being honoured by his town. I am delighted to have the honour now to do so for a great son of Nenagh,” he said.
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