Liam's support for historic site celebrated

One of North Kerry's most important sites, Kilnaughtin Church and Graveyard in Tarbert, would not be nearly as pristine a place as it is today but for the support of one recently-retired county councillor.

That was the message from the Kilnaughtin Graveyard Committee following the annual Mass there on Friday as its members made a special presentation to Liam Purtill.

The presentation was made by Kilnaughtin Committee chairperson Patsy O'Connell for what he said was Liam's 'outstanding contribution' as a public representative to their work.

Liam's 'hard work, direction and lifelong support' for the ongoing maintenance and development of Kilnaughtin Church and Graveyard was cited by Patsy and the other members of the committee as they put his support - over the course of his council career from 2003 until his retirement in May - into context.

And the presentation included one very appropriate item - a stunning image of Kilnaughtin by local photographer Kevin Langan entitled Paradise Regain'd.

Kilnaughtin is not the only historic church site locally Liam had helped transform in recent years; with Lislaughtin Abbey in his native Ballylongford repaved and fitted with a stunning new stone entrance in a project he spearheaded through the Council.

Liam said he was deeply moved by the touching gesture in his honour on Friday. "I was very moved by it and I have to say it was a pleasure, always, working with the committee. That graveyard is in pristine condition thanks to their brilliant and dedicated work," Liam told The Kerryman.