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Sunday 26 October 2014

'Bowled over' by welcome

Published 06/05/2014 | 05:40

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Mike Leddy, making a presentation to Tubbercurry Golf Club in recognition of the fundraising efforts of members to purchase a bus for the Irish in Birmingham. Included are Lady Captain, Mary Conway, Captain, Joe Kilcoyne, and Lady Mayoress, Pauline Leddy.

ROYAL visitors were 'bowled over' by a South Sligo welcome.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham , Councillor Mike Leddy, and his wife, Lady Mayoress, Pauline, described their visit as "wonderful."

They travelled to Sligo to say 'thanks' to Tubbercurry Golf Club for helping 'The Irish In Birmingham.'

Members of the club raised funds for a €58,000 wheelchair adapted bus.

The bus was handed over in 2008 after a Civic Reception by Sligo County Council.

It is now known as 'The Tubbercurry Bus' and is a familiar sight in the streets of Birmingham.

The Lord Mayor and his wife made a presentation to the local golf club in recognition of the fundraising campaign.

He said: "I just wanted to simply say thanks to Tubbercurry Golf Club for wonderful fundraising work in providing their countrymen with a lovely bus.

"It has made life a lot easier for people, many living alone to get out once in a while."

Councillor Leddy's visit also included a trip to Banada Peace Park and Lough Easkey.

During their stay, they also travelled to Swinford, Charlestown and Westport, where Clr Leddy has family roots. The Lord Mayor said: "We were made so welcome.

"We enjoyed wonderful entertainment in the golf club and we were delighted to receive presentations from the Captains."

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