Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2019 will be another highlight
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