New Mayor of Kilkenny Peter Chap Cleere with the members of the Kilkenny City Municipal District
As the door closes on 2018, it is important to take some time and reflect on the year just passed.
It was an amazing year for me personally and I am very grateful for all those who have helped and supported me along the way and made the journey so enjoyable.
It is going to be an incredibly busy 2019, especially the first half of the year. The remaining six months of my term as Mayor of Kilkenny will bring a huge workload and I am looking forward to meeting so many brilliant people in our communities right across the county, and representing our people to the best of my ability.
The local elections are also taking place in May 2019, and with the electoral areas changed yet again, I am looking forward to meeting so many people on the doorsteps and listening to their views, and helping them with whatever issues or concerns they may have. Please God, if I am fortunate enough to get re-elected, I hope to continue my work as a public representative for the various communities I represent.
On a personal level, I am keen to prioritise my own personal health, fitness and wellbeing. I found myself on numerous occasions working 90-100 hours per week in 2018, which is not sustainable long term. Exercise helps keep my mind fresh, so I plan to prioritise exercise, at least three 5k runs every week as part of my routine for 2019.
I am also definitely going to take a step back from the dinner table and take a break from the chocolate biscuits for January at least. Like the rest of the county and new year’s resolutions we will have to take it one step at a time...
Once things calm down a bit later in the year and my term as Mayor of Kilkenny concludes in June, I hope to spend a lot more time with my wife Brenda and four daughters Gracie, Emily, Holly and Hannah.
Finally, I hope it’s a happy and peaceful 2019 for all of my friends, family and supporters and that all their personal dreams and aspirations come true.