Taoiseach Enda Kenny attended the funeral in Clonmel on Saturday of former Fine Gael mayor of the town, Dominick O’Hara.
Mr O’Hara died suddenly on Wednesday.
Mr O’Hara was originally from Foxford in the Taoiseach’s Mayo constituency. Mr Kenny is a close personal friend of the O’Hara family.
Dominick O’Hara came to Clonmel over thirty years ago following the closure of the Digital plant in Galway where he worked. Like many Digital employees at the time, he took the opportunity of a relocation to Clonmel.
He became a member of Clonmel Corporation in 1987 and served as mayor of the borough in 1987.
He was heavily involved in Clonmel’s twinning with a number of overseas towns, the town swimming pool and the museum.
He had an audience with Pope John Paul 11 during a visit to Rome for the beatification of seven Irish martyrs.
Also during his year as first citizen, the freedom of the town was conferred on President Mary Robinson from Foxford’s neighbouring town Ballina.
Always proud of his Mayo roots, he was a founder and first chairman of the Mayo Association of South Tipperary in the early 1990s.