Tuesday 16 September 2014

Crooners Big Tom and and Paddy Cole to be given freedom of Castleblayney town

Published 03/05/2014 | 14:08

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THE “freedom of the town” is to be conferred on two Irish musicians who were born in the Co Monaghan town of Castleblayney---crooner Big Tom McBride and jazz-player Paddy Cole.

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A third entertainer, traditional Irish singer, Anna McGoldrick, who was also born in the border town,  is to receive the same civic honour from the  Town Council---- but her presentation is being deferred until she  returns  from the United States where she is currently on tour.

It is the first time in the town’s history that such a public ceremony was organised and it marks the final gesture of town councillors before the town council is abolished following the forthcoming local elections,  when a new wider regional  municipal authority is being set up.

Town mayor Gary Carville said: “It’s fitting that upon our exit we should honor these three leading entertainers  who have   given the town  such wonderful recognition over the years”.

A Town Council spokesman added “ “Apart from the citation they are getting, they’ll also be able to graze sheep free in the town....that’s traditional with the freedom of a town!”.

Several hundred people from both sides of the border are expected in the town for the unique bank holiday ceremony on Monday.

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