120 years of Clare County Council marked

120 years of Clare County Council marked

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Clare County Council archivist Ellen Scaife with Clare County Council CEO Pat Dowling, Mayor of Clare Michael Begley and Ann Reynolds of Clare County Council displaying an original copy of The Clare Journal newspaper from 1899 – Photo: Eamon Ward.

At its April Monthly Meeting last evening, Clare County Council marked the 120th anniversary of the first ever meeting of the Local Authority which took place in the Grand Jury Rooms of Ennis Courthouse on 22 April 1899.

The ceremony featured presentations by Pat Dowling (Chief Executive) and Dr. John Treacy of Clare County Council on the history of Clare County Council and the origins of the local authority. Mr. Treacy is writing a book on the history of local government in Clare which is due for publication in May 2020.

The ceremony also featured musical entertainment by piper Blackie O’Connell in memory of the famed Clare piper, Garret Barry. The piper died on the same week that the first elections to Clare County Council were held in April 1899.

To mark the 120th anniversary of the first meeting of Clare County Council, the original Minutes of the first meeting as well as an original copy of the Local Government Act 1898 have been placed on public display in the foyer of Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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