Ex GAA star Richie is new mayor of town

Published 26/06/2013 | 05:28

Mayor Richie Culhane pictured with his family after Monday nights election in the Tholsel.  Pictured are his wife Cathy, children Aoife, Emily and Richard and Aoife's partner David Kilkenny.
Mayor Richie Culhane pictured with his family after Monday nights election in the Tholsel. Pictured are his wife Cathy, children Aoife, Emily and Richard and Aoife's partner David Kilkenny

INCREASING INWARD investment, building tourism and improving youth facilities in the town are just three of the main objectives of the new Mayor of Drogheda, Cllr Richie Culhane.

INCREASING INWARD investment, building tourism and improving youth facilities in the town are just three of the main objectives of the new Mayor of Drogheda, Cllr Richie Culhane.

The retired garda and former GAA star was unanimously elected 414th First Citizen of the town at a ceremony on Monday night in the majestic Tholsel.

'Tonight is an occasion of historical importance as I have been elected in this place,' he said after receiving his chains from outgoing Mayor Paul Bell, 'being the first such elected Mayor in over 120 years.

'When I first came to Drogheda as a member of An Garda Siochana over 30 years ago, I never would have imagined becoming Mayor of this great borough: I hope upon my election I may no longer be deemed a blow-in!'

Thanking the outgoing Mayor for his 'outstanding contribution' over the past 12 months, he also paid tribute to senior executives and staff of the council, the Chamber of Commerce, as well as family and friends.'

'I am very proud to be here tonight with my wife Cathy and children Aoife, Richard and Emily, sisters Brid, Maura, Aine, Pauline and Deirdre and partners, and I also think with fond memories of my late father Richard, who was a staunch Fine Gael supporter, and my mother Bridie, who are very much in my thoughts.'

Hundreds of well-wishers packed into the tourist office to support the election of the Longford native, who has served as Deputy Mayor, and is involved in Newtown Blues GFC, Drogheda United, Action Against Addiction, Boyne Rugby Club, Drogheda Rotary Club and Drogheda Homeless Aid Shelter.

'Also in my role as chairperson of the John Boyle O'Reilly Society, I look forward to presenting the JBOR Award to the late President Kennedy in the coming days, where his daughter and sister will accept it on his behalf,' he added.

'On July 5th, I will open the JBOR exhibition in Highlanes Gallery in conjunction with Boston College.'

Mayor Culhane emphasised he has moved from 'a political role to a civic role', and would maintain that position for the rest of his term in office.

Drogheda Independent

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