A civic function to mark the last ever sitting of the Town Council will be held on Friday, May 2 in the Riverbank Arts Centre at 7pm.
“We propose to invite the current and past members of the council as well as town managers, business people, gardai, army representatives, school principals and community groups,” said Mayor of Newbridge, Mick Deely. “The Patrician Boys Band will participate and Kildare County Council’s traditonal group.”
The issue was raised at this month’s Town Council meeting where members discussed a number of ideas for the function including the possibilty of having an historic element to the evening.
“Former councillor John O’Neill will make a presentation about life in his time on the council and Mario Corrigan from the Library will give a history of the Town Council,” added Cllr Deely.
Cllr Fiona O’Loughlin said that she was looking into a type of medal to be handed out on the night with councillors names and dates of service.
“The Town Council has been sitting in Newbridge for 149 years,” she said. “It is not just about us now, it is about all the people who served before us and if we don’t mark it now it will be gone forever.”
Cllr Micheal ‘Spike’ Nolan said that he was ‘glad that the Town Council is ending next month in its current format’. “We give the people of Newbridge minimum representation around this table. The five years that I was here I found it very frustrating to get things done. We did the best we could with the pittance budget available to us.”
Cllr O’Loughlin disagreed, adding that the town would not have the excellent community projects, festivals and Tidy Towns aid while Cllr Paddy Kennedy said of his 15 year service that it wasn’t always about the lack of funding. “It was about going out and doing things,” he said.