Thursday 18 January 2018

Popular councillor Willie Kennedy dies after being struck by car on way home from funeral

Willie Kennedy
Willie Kennedy

John Brennan

Tributes have poured in for Cllr Willie Kennedy who was killed after being struck by a car near Portlaoise last night.

The Tipperary councillor was also a key member of the Lowry group and described by colleagues as “a consummate county councillor”.

The 64-year-old was struck by a car last night on the way home from a funeral and leading the tributes was friend and colleague Cllr Michael O’Meara who described his shock.

“It was an awful shock. He was a brilliant councillor, he was there for years. He had a huge amount of knowledge built up, he was the consummate county councillor – he lived a breathed county council work,” Mr O’Meara said.

Mr O’Meara explained how he had known his colleague for 14 years and about their work together on the Tipperary county council.

“We soldiered together on the county council – I always found Willie would be the first man I’d ring in regards any council matters, he had a great head on his shoulders, very pragmatic and a very practical way of approaching council matters,”

“He was the sort of ‘go to man’ if you had a problem – I always found if there was a problem I couldn’t overcome he’d be the first man I’d ring and he’d always give great practical and sensible advice.

Meanwhile, Gerard Fogarty who previously served as a councillor in Thurles took to social media to pay tribute to the late councillor.

“Very sorry to learn of the death of Cllr. Willie Kennedy, and in such sad sudden circumstances.

“A true community champion, and a gentleman. He will be a huge loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” he said.

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