An access road for Ormond Castle and new home for Carrick’s Brass Band will be among the top priorities for the town’s new mayor over the next year.
Fianna Fail Cllr Kieran Bourke set out a shopping list of projects he plans to pursue following his election at the Town Council’s annual meeting last week.
Cllr Bourke is the last ever Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir to be elected by the Town Council and he is determined to ensure that much will be achieved in the town during his term.
He told The Nationalist one of his top priorities will be to progress the development of the proposed access road linking Ormond Castle to the Pill Road that will facilitate the parking of tour buses close to the historic site.
“This road will uncover our hidden gem to the wider public for the benefit of the whole town,” he said.
Cllr Bourke said he would work closely with the town’s economic development and business groups to improve and promote Carrick-on-Suir.
In particular, the new Mayor said that he looked forward to working with South Tipperary Development Company in promoting its new Carrick-on-Suir Enterprise Competition. He promised to support any potential businesses wishing to set up in the town.
He paid tribute to the town’s business community for their generosity in contributing to the competition’s prize fund.
He plans to work with Carrick-on-Suir Camera Club members to produce a body of positive visual images of the town and use them to promote the town on the Council’s website and other social media outlets.
Cllr Bourke has also pledged to find a permanent home for Carrick Brass Band, which is currently based at St Joseph’s College on Greystone Street.
The band are very close to his heart as his great grandfather Joe Carroll from Bridge Street was once band master and his family has been long associated with the band.
“It is my opinion that they are one of the town’s greatest assets and success stories.
“The band deserves to be able to stop the wandering years and finally put down permanent roots that will enable it to grow into the future,” he told his fellow councillors at the AGM.
Cllr Bourke said he was also determined to honour the town’s community and voluntary groups during his term as it will the last opportunity for the Town Council to recognise their outstanding community service.