A NUMBER of distinguished citizens were honoured at a special mayoral awards ceremony last night in City Hall.
The event was Mayor David Fitzgerald’s last public function in City Hall before the end of his term in office. The evening was to acknowledge people in Kilkenny who have given their time over the years with no thought of reward or self-profit.
St Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band received an award to celebrate their 130 years of existence in Kilkenny, and for the enjoyment their music has brought to many generations of people.
Frank Kavanagh won an award for his long service in the tourism sector in Kilkenny and in Kilkenny Castle.
“He has continued to meet and greet people since he took up the role in the 1960s,” said the mayor.
“He has had a role in promoting Kilkenny as a tourism destination for a long time.”
Regina O’ Leary was acknowledged for her role in developing and promoting Kilkenny Music Festival. Mayor Fitzgerald said that Ms O’Leary had been a driving force in the education of young people in musical terms.
George Sherwood also received an award for his role in the conservation of St Mary’s Church and Hall in Kilkenny City.
“He is perhaps better known as a businessman, but he saved St Mary’s from dereliction in the 1960s,” said Mayor Fitzgerald.
“He was pivotal in ensuring that the roof remained intact despite the wishes of the OPW. It will in the future be a branch for the National Museum, and this would not have happened but for his work.”
Mayor Fitzgerald made a small presentation to his former council colleague Betty Manning, who has also served as mayor of the city. The award was to acknowledge her years of public service and for her various contributions to both the city and county.