Carrick-on-Suir Town Council will kick off a month of celebrations to mark its 175th anniversary with a Mass and special council meeting this evening (Wednesday, October 12).
Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Patsy Fitzgearld will lead the congregation at the Mass in St Nicholas Church at 4pm that will be attended by current and former elected members and staff of the Town Council including former town managers and town clerks who served on the local authority.
The ceremony will be followed by a special anniversary meeting of the Town Council at Carrick-on-Suir Town Hall at 5pm.
Town Clerk Michael O’Brien said the Council has organised events to mark the special anniversary for each week during the month of October.
There is a schools essay competition on the theme “Carrick-on-Suir - A Place To Know” open to students from third to sixth year in Carrick-on-Suir’s three second level schools. The closing date for entries is October 26 and the winning essay, chosen by a panel of judges, will be published in The Nationalist and its author will win a E100 book voucher and trophy.
A 175th anniversary bench will be unveiled in Carrick-on-Suir Town Park by the Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald and there will be an exhibition celebrating the Council’s contribution to the town in Carrick-on-Suir Heritage Centre.
Carrick-on-Suir Heritage Centre will also publish a tourism information leaflet listing 100 free things to do in Carrick-on-Suir, and a new dedicated website for Carrick-on-Suir Town Council will be launched.
Cllr Fitzgerald said he also planned to launch an initiative to devise a town flag for Carrick-on-Suir and hoped to get 13 names of former Town Council chairpersons/mayors missing from the mayor’s chains of offices inscribed on the chains.
“This is a very historic occasion in the life of Carrick-on-Suir and I am very happy to be mayor of the town this year to celebrate and acknowledge those who went before me,” he told The Nationalist.