Sri Lankan president says ‘Thanks Arklow’
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.