Sri Lankan pres­i­dent says ‘Thanks Ark­low’

Bray People - - News - Deborah COLE­MAN

PRAISE WAS forth­com­ing in abun­dance for the work car­ried out in Sri Lanka by the char­ity ini­tia­tive set up by lo­cal hote­lier Brian Bren­nan at the De­cem­ber meet­ing of Ark­low Town Coun­cil.

Fol­low­ing a re­cent trip to the coun­try which was torn apart by the Tsunami dis­as­ter of 2004, Cllr. Nicky Kelly was de­lighted to share the news with his col­leagues that the Pres­i­dent of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Ra­japaksa, wrote to him to con­vey words of thanks to the Ark­low com­mu­nity.

‘It is won­der­ful to see the growth of this project in a cou­ple of years. Fair play to Brian Bren­nan and all his team and to Cllr. Kelly for rep­re­sent­ing Ark­low so well dur­ing the trip,’ said Cllr. Bernie O’Halloran.

‘While this let­ter is ad­dressed to me it is for the peo­ple of Ark­low and sur­round­ing ar­eas and this coun­cil. Thanks to their gen­eros­ity 1,360 young peo­ple have been af­forded shel­ter, ed­u­ca­tion and med­i­cal care. It was an hon­our to be there,’ said Cllr. Kelly.

Coun­cil­lors agreed to send a let­ter of ac­knowl­edge­ment to Pres­i­dent Ra­japaksa and to in­vite him to visit Ark­low dur­ing his forth­com­ing trip to Ire­land in 2009.

Brian Bren­nan and Nicky Kelly with a foot­ball and the Girls and the Do­mini­can Sis­ters from the Ark­low Girls’ Home. The ball was au­to­graphed by the Ark­low Geraldines/Bal­ly­money Ladies Club and pre­sented to the Home by Brian and Nicky.

Nicky Kelly with some of the new girls at the open­ing of the Cork Girls Home.

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