Coun­cil­lors pay trib­ute to a num­ber of peo­ple who died

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

TRIB­UTES were paid to the late Emma Han­ni­gan and Garech de Brún at Mon­day’s meet­ing of Wick­low County Coun­cil.

Renowned au­thor Emma Han­ni­gan was born and bred in Bray and passed away, aged just 45, on March 3 af­ter a brave bat­tle against can­cer.

Cathaoir­leach Cllr Ed­ward Tim­mins, said: ‘She was a great am­bas­sador for Wick­low and Bray and did a lot of good work in re­la­tion to the book she did on can­cer.’

Cllr Tom For­tune said Mrs Han­ni­gan was ‘a spe­cial lady who de­serves a lot of recog­ni­tion and who went through a lot of suf­fer­ing.’

On be­half of the La Touche Legacy, of which Garech de Brún was Pres­i­dent, Cllr Grainne McLough­lin passed on her con­do­lences to his fam­ily.

‘We were only just up with him in Lug­gala Es­tate re­cently and he was in fine form.’

Cllr Jim Rut­tle said he had got­ten to know Mr de Brún well over re­cent years.

‘He was highly as­so­ci­ated with Ir­ish mu­sic and cul­ture. He was a unique and one-off per­son.’

Cllr John Snell paid trib­ute to the late Brid­get Hynes who passed away in Roscom­mon. She was the wife of the late Frank Hynes, a for­mer Chair­man of Wick­low County Coun­cil.

‘Frank was a much-re­spected pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tive for decades. Brid­get passed away at 100 years of age in Roscom­mon,’ said Cllr Snell.

Cllr Tommy Cullen said: ‘Frank Hynes was a stal­wart of the Labour party and chair­man of this coun­cil. He was a great ser­vant to the peo­ple of Wick­low.’ Cllr Gail Dunne led the trib­utes to Sea­mus ‘Sham’ Fur­long, the Honorary Pres­i­dent of St Patrick’s GAA Club, who passed away aged 91.

Cllr Gerry O’Neill took time to re­flect on the five deaths that oc­curred in west Wick­low dur­ing the height of the re­cent snowy weather.

‘Some of the fu­ner­als were de­layed for up to eight days which pre­sented more hard­ship for the fam­i­lies in­volved.’

Late au­thor Emma Han­ni­gan.

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