A woman with strong family roots in West Donegal today assumes the prestigious role of Lord Provost of Glasgow as only the fourth woman ever to hold this position since the year 1450.
Cllr. Sadie Docherty, whose father came from Carrickataskin in Gweedore and emigrated to Scotland in the mid 1950’s, was first elected as a Labour Councillor in 2007. She has made a strong impact on the city of over a half a million residents which saw her retain her seat in the recent local elections.
The newly elevated Lord Provost spoke to the Donegal Democrat yesterday on the eve of her investiture, “As a first generation immigrant to Scotland from a small West Donegal parish, it is indeed a proud day for me to be chosen for such a prestigious role.
“I feel very privileged to be chosen given that my father came to Scotland from humble beginnings when there was no work available at home,” she said.
“Before I married, I was a Boyle and married Willie Docherty whose family hailed from Drumkeen outside Letterkenny. Somewhere along the line the family acquired a ‘c’ in their surname, but there is no doubt that he is indeed a true ‘Donegal Doherty’.
“I suppose I feel particularly not only as a Donegal person but also as a woman. This position was originally established in the year 1450 and I am just the fourth woman to be honoured,” Sadie added,
The new Lord Provost added that her term of office is for a five year duration and during that time she will attend 300 civic events on average each year.
“It will be a busy time, but an exciting time in my life and I know that we will still make time to make our regular visits back to the Rosses.
“One of the events that excites me the most is the staging of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 - this will give Glasgow the opportunity to showcase the city to a world wide audience,” she commented.
She added that she continued to be amazed at the impact the people of Donegal had on her adopted city to this very day.
“Glasgow has had a very strong Donegal tradition throughout the years and this tradition has had a major impact on every aspect of the city - its culture and music, and more importantly, its commercial life.
“Day after day I meet with engineers, doctors, solicitors, nurses, teacher - many with strong Donegal connections who continue to exert a major influence on this city. Today is indeed a proud day for me as a Donegal person, and my goal will be to live up to the responsibilities that the people of this city have entrusted me with.”