Foundation of Kildare town body to be celebrated

30th anniversary of first meeting of former Leixlip Town Commissioners

Henry Bauress

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Foundation of Kildare town body to be celebrated

The first Leixlip Town Commissioners: John Colgan, Catherine Murphy, Dave Kearney, Colm Purcell, Frank O'Neill, Jim Bardon, Finbarr Kelly, Paul Kelly. Not included is Sean Purcell

Kildare County Council will mark the the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Leixlip Town Commissioners when it hosts a special event at the Springfield Hotel, Leixlip, on Monday, November 5.

The move to recognise the creation of the Commissioners, later called Leixlip Town Council, came following a decision by its nearest current counterparts, the Celbridge-Leixlip Municipal District, chaired by Cllr Kevin Byrne.

Leixlip based historian, and former Commissioner, John Colgan, told the Leader that at noon on October 10, 1988, the inaugural meeting of the last Town Council to be established in Ireland, took place at Leixlip.

The meeting was convened by the county manager,  the late Gerry Ward, who died in March 2017, with the now retired, Charlie Talbot, Kildare County Council, as acting Town Clerk.

A permanent Town Clerk, Mary Foley, from River Forest, Leixlip, who was appointed Town Clerk in the Spring of 1989.

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The nine commissioners were, in order of election: Colm Purcell, salesperson, Labour Party; Catherine Murphy, housewife, Workers' Party; Sean Purcell, part-time fireman, Workers' Party; Paul Kelly, solicitor, Fianna Fail; Finbarr Kelly, insurance broker, Non-Party; Jim Bardon, banker, Non-Party; John Colgan, engineer & economist, Non-Party; David Kearney, catering supervisor, Fine Gael; and Frank O'Neill, school caretaker, Labour Party.