MIXED emotions were more than apparent when Leixlip Town Council celebrated twenty six years of existence in the town last week.
A crowd of just over seventy councillors, former councillors and officials and others attened the function at the Springfield Hotel.
Presentations were made and words were said to mark a special part of the town’s history.
At the end of May, this Town Council and its siblings in Athy, Naas and Newbridge, will no longer exist.
There had been a long fight to establish the Town Council and many of the the town’s citizens who signed the original application for a Town Council were present, including former Castletown resident,Tommy Campbell, now living in Bray.
Mike Parle and John Colgan, two of the key members of that group, also enjoyed the meeting.
Mary Kelly, represented her late husband, Finbar, and Benedict Keogh, travelled from London to represent his aunt, the late Cllr. Breege Lynch.”She and my mother would have wanted me to come,” he said.
Teresa Byrne, honoured to be the last chairperson of the Town Council, thanked all those, including the Tidy Towns group, said:”We put the people of Leixlip first here and we are very proud.”
Its first chairman, Jim Bardon, said they wanted to get control amidst a legacy of bad decisions and a more powerful urban council (with planning and rate raising powers.
County Manager, Michael Malone, who received a presentation, said: “I do no you were held in high esteem.”
Former councillor, Dave Kearney, also paid special tribute to former Town Clerk, Mary Foley.