Saturday, July 21, 2018

KCA presentation to retiring members

Presentations made last night to Kieran and Joan Forde marked not just their retirement from Kilcullen Community Action but also 31 years of involvement in the group, writes Brian Byrne.

The dinner event in Crean's Place was also a reflection of how much KCA has grown in recent years, the group's chairman Ray Kelly said. "It's the first time we have done anything like this, a few years ago we just wouldn't have had the numbers."

He noted that it was 14 years since Kieran first said he was going to step down on health grounds, but it was only now he was actually doing so. He recalled some of the various ways Kieran had worked with the Tidy Towns group as it developed into KCA, as chair, secretary and treasurer. "He was there to help with the big decisions," Ray said, such as the development of the Dun Ailinne Interpretive Park.

Kieran thanked everyone for their contributions given over the years to making Kilcullen a nicer place, and said it had also been an enjoyable social activity. "Unfortunately my health doesn't allow me to do the things I'd like to still be doing, but I'll be cheering you on anyway."

On behalf of all present, Ray Kelly thanked Crean's Place for the excellent meal, and KCA member Ann Cashman for organising it. (Note: KCA is a limited company with charitable status, and all present at the event paid their own way.)

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