At the civic reception in his honour, a humble Cllr Jack Crowe said that when he learned he was to be given a civic reception, he didn’t know if he deserved it. “This is a reception for me, but I consider it’s an honour for all the public representatives,” he said.
The record-breaking councillor thanked all present for their tributes, including county manager Billy McEvoy. “From time to time I’d have arguments with the county manager, but when a meeting is over, we’d give each other a wave. Constructive arguments.”
The same was true for his council colleagues, he said. “Across the political divide, we have to work very hard. We’re still a body of 26 councillors here, who are united to do the best we can for our constituents.”
He also recalled some amusing incidents from his near-40 years on the council. These included an occasion when he was travelling on the train to an All-Ireland final and there were complaints in the bar about the quality of the whiskey on offer, which was Scotch rather than Irish. Some weeks later, he raised the issue at a meeting of the county council and the consequent report in The Nationalist was brought up at a sales meeting within Irish Distillers. “It brought results,” he told the gathering as, from that time, the station in Thurles only took delivery of Irish whiskey.