Outgoing Mayor Cllr Lalor McGee said it had been a “great honour to represent the people of Nenagh” over the past year. He said one of the things he noticed during the year was the amount of volunteerism and community spirit around Nenagh.
Cllr McGee said that during the year he had hosted three civic receptions, for Nenagh CBS School, Nenagh Snooker Club and Nenagh Eire Og minor hurling team, camogie club and handball club.
During the year he had taken part in the Thorny Roses contest for the Mid-West Rape Crisis Centre, which had raised E14,000, and a concert by the Pomfret High School / Grifftones, organised by his sister-in-law had raised E4,500 for North Tipperary Hospice.
The Labour councillor revealed he was working on a fundraising fashion show with Cllr Virginia O’Dowd for the autumn which will benefit the Irish Wheelchair Association.
He was delighted to sponsor the Visit Nenagh.ie cycling team gear, and was “overwhelmed” by the success of the first Nenagh Silent Film Festival. He looked forward to the proposed municipal district council continuing to support these events.
However, the main pride was in securing the town park and signing the contract for it to begin last Thursday, a project first mooted back in 1912. He described the project sa being “close to my heart”, and thanked all those who had signed the petition to put in a park, as well as his fellow councillors, council officials and Junior Minister Alan Kelly, who had help secure funding for the project.
He thanked his family for their support as well as his deputy, Cllr Tom Mulqueen.
His party colleague, Cllr O’Dowd, paid tribute to him for his year in office, saying: “You are a great worker. You didn’t court publicity for what you achieved.”
Cllr Seamus Morris described the outgoing Mayor’s year as a “good one”, and said he had done his family proud, while Cllr Hughie McGrath stated that Cllr McGee had represented the town well.
It was a successful year, said Cllr Tom Moylan, and Cllr Tommy Morgan said Cllr McGee had been a hard working Mayor who he often saw digging around town as part of Nenagh Tidy Towns.
Cllr Tom Mulqueen stated that “hard work was in the McGees” and Cllr McGee had worked “day and night”.
Town manager Marcus O’Connor described Cllr McGee as an “excellent” Mayor who was easy to deal with and popular with the staff.
“Everybody is pleased that you got to sign off on the town park,” he said.
Town clerk Sarah O’Callaghan congratulated Cllr Mcgee on his year while county manager Joe MacGrath said he could be “justifiably proud of what you achieved”.