Tuesday 24 October 2017

Sound of silence as the gates of Holycross hero remain shut

Ralph Riegel and Tom Brady

THE tranquillity of Michael Lowry's picturesque Holycross home belied the frenzy of activity outside its electronic security gates.

Despite the latest controversy and the demand for comment from the veteran TD and former minister, the black-painted gates remained steadfastly and defiantly closed.

Only glimpses of the imposing house are visible through the beech trees from the roadside.

With its manicured lawn, Mr Lowry's home looks out on to a scene that in yesterday's sunshine might be straight from a Jack B Yeats painting.

However, beyond a brief flash of the politician's black Audi as it swept into the driveway at lunchtime, there was silence from the TD yesterday.

For locals, the activity was a source of both fascination and frustration.

An independent TD for 16 years, Michael Lowry is more hero in north Tipperary than politician.

He is particularly revered in Holycross where he is deeply involved in community development as well as the local GAA club.

Mr Lowry is also a former member of Tipperary County GAA Board and was instrumental in the successful refurbishment of Semple Stadium in Thurles.

"Would you not leave the man alone and go find something more important to write about?" one local asked.

However, locals were still clearly fascinated by the media spotlight on the village's most famous resident. One, who recognised a reporter, put it best. "Back again, are you?"

Irish Independent

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