'An outstanding leader for Sligo'
Sean MacManus was hailed as an "outstanding" leader for Sligo, one never afraid to speak his mind on his last day in Sligo County Council chamber.
He was thanked for his integrity, vision, professionalism and leadership by fellow councillors and Chief Executive Ciaran Hayes in an emotional afternoon of tributes as he officially stood down as Councillor after over two decades as a public representative.
His farewell speech was full of humour, wistfulness and passion.
"I know you all and thank from the bottom of my heart for your kindness to me. If I had known you thought this well of me I'd have gone years ago," he said to laughter and applause.
Chief Executive Ciaran Hayes recalled the first time he met Sean - he was meeting all the councillors shortly after his appointment. "There was a leader in the room and that was Sean.
"Notable for me was the confidentiality we shared. As regards the sharp end of hot tongue, it was always interesting because it was always easy to rise Sean depending on the results of the GAA the day before. I always enjoyed that banter. On a professional front, can I pay tribute to you."
Cathaoirleach Hubert Keaney said: "Even on your last day you have given us points to think about."
He was presented with a cross pen to record his memoirs on his retirement.