Celebrations were tinged with sadness for incoming Deputy Mayor, Cllr Joe Reidy (FF) who described the night as ‘historical but sad’ as it marked the end of an era for the city.
“It is a great honour to be elected Deputy Mayor and I would like to congratulate Cllr Brett on his election as Mayor.
“I look forward to working with you and I want to thank the outgoing Mayor for his dedication and zest. This is a historical night but also a sad one as it is the last night that we will elect a Mayor for the city and marks the end of 400 years,” he said.
Outgoing Deputy Mayor John Coonan congratulated the incoming Mayor and Deputy Mayor and added that he was ‘thrilled to pass the baton to Cllr Reidy’ who he was sure would do a superb job in the role.
Cllr Reidy was proposed by Cllr Sean O hArgain and seconded by Cllr Paul Cuddihy (FG). “He has a huge track record on the council and indeed in the life of the city. He was a very capable rugby player who captained the Kilkenny senior team on three occasions. His family are interwoven in the sporting life of the city - in tennis, golf and hurling and the family has always been involved in the business life of the city,” added Cllr Cuddihy.County Manager Joe Crockett congratulated Cllrs Brett and Reidy on their election adding that he looked forward to working with them. “He also paid tribute to the outgoing Mayor and praised his generosity, integrity and passion and acknowledged the great work of Cllr Coonan.