the Mayor of Kildare Michael ‘Spike’ Nolan has just returned from a promotional trip for Kildare to New York over the St Patrick’s Day weekend.
He was joined on the trip by Deputy County Manager, Peter Minnock and his wife Anne, John McMahon, Chairman Kildare GAA County Board along with his wife Theresa, and Marty McEvoy, Commercial Manager Kildare GAA County Board.
The trip was funded by Kildare County Council for Mayor Nolan and Mr Minnock at a cost E3,700 in total.
“I went over with one aim and that was that Kildare is open for business,” said Mayor Nolan. “I promoted Kildare so the trip will be of benefit to the county in the long term. My goal was to create a contact that would be of benefit to the county and we have come back with two contacts from the Irish Business Organisation and the Tourist Board.”
As well as meetings with the IDA and the tourist board, the action packed trip included Mass at St Patricks Cathedral on St Patrick’s Day and a walk on part in the parade.
“We went in the parade and it was a fantastic experience,” he added. “We marched up Fifth Avenue. There were millions of people there - I have never seen anything like it. Next minute there came a ‘howya Spike’ from the crowd. I had been spotted by a man from Newbridge, it is a small world.”
The Mayor was also invited to an evening with the Kildare Association in New York.
“It is very important that the links are maintained,” he said. “They need us as much as we need them. I have invited the President, Garett Doyle to address the council. A lot of young people will be going out now without visas and will need visas.
“I also met Marie Tallon, the late Sean Tallon’s mother [who was a fire fighter who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and whose name is engraved on the 9/11 memorial in Donadea Forest as his family came from there] and I visted Ground Zero on Monday. I found Sean’s name on the memorial and I paid my respects to Sean at the scene where he lost his life,” Cllr Nolan said.