Fleadh Cheoil na hEire­ann 2019 will be an­other high­light

Mid Louth Independent - - OPINION -

Dear Sir,

I wish the peo­ple of Drogheda a healthy and safe 2019 and al­ready we can look for­ward to the re­turn of the Fleadh Cheoil na hEire­ann after a very suc­cess­ful event in 2018.

We have to look at many as­pects of the town to make sure it’s look­ing its best, in­clud­ing Nar­row West Street. We must start on that im­me­di­ately.

I hope to see fur­ther in­vest­ment in Drogheda by Gov­ern­ment as we have been starved of it over the past num­ber of years.

We have con­cerns about Brexit and on­go­ing vi­o­lence and in the face of such things, the tows­peo­ple must unite to tackle these is­sues.

Since be­com­ing mayor, I have met so many peo­ple and dealt with so many com­mu­nity groups. We truly have so many hid­den he­roes in our midst.

2018 had so many high­lights for me - lead­ing the De­fend­ers of Drogheda’s Her­itage in clean­ing up The But­ter­gate and town walls, suc­cess­fully cam­paign­ing to close St Lau­rence’s Gate, and be­gin­ning a re­gen­er­a­tion project in Ship Street.

The com­mis­sion­ing of a sculp­ture to Drogheda’s Three Com­edy Leg­ends of Tec Caf­frey, Joe Cluskey and Jimmy Fa­gan in The Bar­bican. The reg­u­lar themed Town Hall fo­rums and Let’s Talk meet­ings of­fer­ing the pub­lic the chance to voice their con­cerns or feel­ings, a Drogheda Day, a Char­ter Day and a May­oral Chain Day, were oth­ers.

The Great War cen­te­nary was com­mem­o­rated at the Mary Street ceno­taph and I or­gan­ised the Yel­low­bat­ter Sports Day, as I have done for the past 40 years.

Wel­com­ing a huge Ecuado­rian del­e­ga­tion of de­scen­dants of Ad­mi­ral Thomas Charles Wright to Drogheda for the un­veil­ing of a mon­u­ment to Wright, founder of the Ar­gen­tinian navy and strength­en­ing links with Tur­key on a cul­tural visit to An­talya were also mem­o­rable.

Park­ing protests by res­i­dents along Wind­mill Road, at­tend­ing the an­nual Home­less Sleep­out on West Street, open­ing the new Bridge Cen­tre in the Fair Green and cam­paign­ing to re­tain the name of Our Lady of Lour­des hos­pi­tal were also marked. Yours, Mayor Frank God­frey

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