Pat hands in mayor chains to town clerk
IN a symbolic gesture, that brought down the curtain on 400 years of local government in Tralee, outgoing Mayor Pat Hussey has handed over the chains of office.
While Tralee will still have a ceremonial Mayor under the new Municipal District system, the position of Chairman of Tralee Town Council, which is the Mayor's official title, came to an end with the formal abolition of the town council on June 1.
Ahead of the council's official abolition Cllr Pat Hussey, the last over chairman of Tralee Town Council, handed the silver chain of office to Tralee Town Clerk Michael Scannell.
The ceremonial handover, which took place on Thursday, came just days after Tralee Town Council's last official function, the 2014 Mayoral Awards.
On Tuesday night Mayor Hussey presented awards to 13 individuals and groups who he said had made a special, vital and lasting contribution to the life of the town.
Mayor Hussey said he was delighted to be able to honour these people and groups though he expressed great sadness that the awards would be the last ever Mayor's Awards to be presented by Tralee Town Council.
The individuals honoured were Ollie Burke, Chris Griffin, Christy Lynch, Dan Horan, Donal Tobin, John Griffin, John O'Shea, Michael O'Shea, Tim O'Shea and Aidan O'Connor.
Garvey's Supervalu, Lee Strand and Tralee Credit Union were also presented with awards.