Carnew groups team up to say thank you to former reporter Fintan Lambe
Former Guardian journalist honoured with presentation
A presentation was made on behalf of some south Wicklow groups to former Gorey Guardian reporter Fintan Lambe in appreciation of his support during his time working for the local newspaper.
The groups - Carnew Musical Society, South Wicklow Drama Festival, Kilrush Drama Group, Carnew Heritage Society, Carnew Ploughing Group, Carnew First Responders, Askamore Community Centre and Carnew Agricultural Show - made the presentation to Fintan at a table quiz held in Kenny's Corner House Carnew on Thursday of last week.
'Very often in the past Carnew fell between two stools being administratively in South Wicklow and yet closely aligned to the Gorey district,' said Mary Doran, who is part of some groups. 'We are indebted to Fintan and to the team at the Guardian and Wicklow People for endeavouring to look after the area in both papers.'
Fintan said he would like to thank each and every one of the groups who got together for this overwhelming gesture.
'It was so unexpected and completely uncalled for,' added Fintan. 'Carnew and Askamore/Kilrush have always punched above their weight, and during the good times and bad they have maintained their strong sense of community.'
On behalf of all the groups, Mary wished Fintan well in his retirement and hoped that he can maintain the level of health he still has for as long as possible to enable him to enjoy it.
Eamonn Doran of South Wicklow Drama Festival Chair, Cathy Tighe of Kilrush Drama Group Chair and Lorna Doran of Carnew Musical Society Chair represented their groups, while Kevin McEvoy represented Carnew Heritage, Ploughing, Agricultural Show Committees and First Responders group.
Fintan, who is originally from county Monaghan, moved to Gorey in May 2003 to take up a position with the Gorey Guardian and worked for a total of 15 years. He became part of the fabric of the town. He was dealt a cruel blow a number of years ago when diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a diagnosis he faces with great courage and positivity. Late last year he decided that the time was right for him to take a step back from working full time and he took early retirement at the end of January.