‘Ray Dempsey gave his life to town of Drogheda’

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

FORMER mayor Ray Dempsey has been thanked for his ser­vice to the town of Drogheda.

The former coun­cil­lor passed away re­cently and ad­dress­ing last week’s lo­cal area coun­cil meet­ing, Cllr Frank God­frey said that Ray­mond ‘gave his life to the town of Drogheda’ and served the peo­ple so well.

He said Ray­mond put the town on the tourist map and was a ‘man of many parts’ as he was also into soc­cer and tidy towns.

He also ac­knowl­edged the late Jacko Smith and his pas­sion for the New­town Blues. ‘He also built some of the best houses in town, like Glen­more Drive and Wier­hope,’ he stated. He also said that Ja Clarke and Willie Halpin would also be missed greatly.

Cllr Tommy Byrne re­called both Jacko and Ja Clarke, re­mark­ing that Ja once said the Blues team of his era could have been the best in Ire­land. ‘Willie Halpin was a great ref­eree too,’ he re­marked. Cllr Oliver Tully also re­called Tom Tal­lon who did so much fundrais­ing for the new St Joseph’s Sec­ondary School. ‘Only for him we wouldn’t have it,’ he stated.

Cllr Paul Bell said Ray Dempsey had made a ‘huge con­tri­bu­tion’ to the town of Drogheda.

Mayor Pio Smith thanked the coun­cil­lors for their re­marks in re­la­tion to his late fa­ther, Jacko Smith, and also re­mem­bered Ja and Willie, adding ‘some great char­ac­ters are gone.’

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