Monday was a bittersweet day for the Anglim family, of Duhill, as they celebrated the joy of Micheal Anglim being co-opted to South Tipperary County Council, but sadly remembered his father, former council chairman Michael, whose death earlier this year led to the empty seat.
Micheal, who was officially co-opted without opposition when nominated by the Fianna Fail party, follows in the tradition of his late father as a councillor and farmer and an active member of his community.
Speaking at his first meeting, the new Cllr Anglim said he knew he had “big shoes to fill” in accepting the nomination of the Ardfinnan Cumann of Fianna Fail and his fellow Fianna Fail councillors.
“It is an emotional day. He loved the council and worked well with everyone. I will do my level best to do the same.”
Cllr Anglim said his father had considered councillors of all parties in the Cahir area to be his friends and “nothing will change with this councillor.”
Cllr Anglim thanked the Ardfinnan Cumann for the privileged of being nominated.
Earlier in the meeting Micheal Anglim was nominated for co-option by Cllr Siobhan Ambrose. She said his father had served the council in an exemplary manner since 1991 and she had no doubt Micheal would be like his father.
Cllr Joe Donovan seconded the nomination who said he knew the late Michael Anglim for almost 30 years and was a great friend.
He said he hopes to continue that friendship with Micheal. He said it was nice to see the Anglim name continue in politics, especially as Cllr Anglim’s father was so popular.
Chairman John Crosse declared Micheal Anglim elected unopposed, saying he hopes he enjoys the work and will serve his community well. “Your family are very proud of you today, I know your dad would be proud,” he added.
There were well wishes and welcomes for the new councillors from speakers from all parties, the independent councillors and County Manager Billy McEvoy.
Cllr Michael Fitzgerald siad it was a bittersweet day, because if his dad was there then Micheal wouldn’t be. “His dad is not here today but somehow I feel he’s not too far away.”