A lifetime contribution award was bestowed on well-known publican Frank O’Brien by Athy Tidy Towns and Athy Town Council recently.
The award was in recognition of his lifelong contribution to business and community in the south Kildare town.
The 90-year-old man said he was very honoured.
“Athy is the only town I know so I can’t compare this to any other but as far as I am concerned it is the best. I have no time to retire. I just do my bit for Athy. It is a great honour. It was a great night. We finished the night here in O’Briens,” he said.
Frank has run O’Briens Bar and Shop since 1948. The family-run business was established in 1875 by his grandfather.
Mr O’Brien is also involved in the local hurling club.
He is keen to note its county win in 1943 and is president of the local Fianna Fail cumann.
Among the other awards presented at the Tidy Towns Award evening recently were: Best Kept Estates: Large- White Castle Lawns; Medium- St. Dominic’s Park; Small- Prusselstown Green; Terrace: Plewman’s Terrace; Apartment Complex: Dun A Rí (Carlow Road). Best Kept Businesses: Overall Winner: Gillen Jewellers; Most attractive premises: The Nag’s Head (Norton’s- Leinster Street); Best Traditional Shop Front: Joint winners- Kane’s Public House and Clancy’s Public House (both Leinster Street). Environmental Endeavour Award: Athy International Concentrates for their ‘Living Positively Programme’.
In addition, presentations to over 35 groups were made by the Town Council who assist local residents and community groups in the town.