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Thursday 18 September 2014

Gallery: 400 years of history is brought to an end

Michael Moran

Published 06/05/2014 | 05:40

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Front row Clr. Veronica Cawley, Clr. Jude Devins, Mayor of Sligo Clr. Marcella McGarry, Sligo County Manager Ciaran Hayes and Clr. Rosaleen O Grady 2nd row lt. to rt. Clr. Jim McGarry. Clr. David Cawley, Clr. Matt Lyons, Clr. Declan Bree, Clr Sean McManus. back row lt. to rt.. Maria Leyden Head of Finance, Clr. Chris McManus, Clr. Daniel McGarrigle and Bartley Gavin
Kevin Gordon, Bishop of Elphin Christy Jones and Canon Tom Hever at City Hall.
Regina O’Dea and Mary McHale at City Hall

AN historic, emotional day. Four hundred years of Sligo Borough Council brought to an end in 77 minutes.

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AN historic, emotional day. Four hundred years of Sligo Borough Council brought to an end in 77 minutes.

City Hall had seen many momentous occasions over the Centuries.

None ever like this.

Freemen of the Borough, former Mayors and Councillors, past and present staff and invited guests were in the packed Council Chamber for the last ever meeting of the local authority.

It began at 4.15pm on Thursday.

May Day with a difference and a major change for local democracy.

Members dealt with a number of issues on the Agenda before the Mayor, Councillor Marcella McGarry, ruled that a number of deferred motions would remain so-to allow Councillors have their say at the end of an era. They did it with dignity, some sadness and sincerity.

Many expressed the hope that a Borough Council would return in the future.

Others reflected on the past.

At the end and with the sound of a Piper echoing in the background, the Mayor concluded the meting at 5.32pm.

The Minute book was closed for the final time.

There was spontaneous applause as the concluding chapter was written.

The Chamber was then the scene for a celebration of the Borough Council.

Local historian Fiona Gallagher presented 'Milestones of Sligo.'

The Mayor and County Manager addressed the assembly.

Then, in an act to underline the sense of occasion, two symbols of Sligo Corporation,silver Maces presented in 1842 were handed by the Mayor to the County Manager Ciaran Hayes for exhibition in Sligo Museum.

The County Manager presented an inscribed souvenir to each serving Councillor.

The curtain came down on the Borough Council with performances by representatives from Feis Shlighigh and Feis Ceoil.

Earlier in the day, children from St Brendan's NS, St John's, Gael Scoil Chnoc na Re and St Edward's were among the many visitors to City Hall to view the Sligo 400 Exhibition and view the Council Chamber.

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