Letterkenny town councillors have said a victory in the Tidy Towns competition would be a fitting tribute to the chair of the local tidy towns committee Jim McCormick, who died last month.
Councillors paid tribute to Mr. McCormick at Monday’s meeting of the council, praising him for his commitment to the town and his passion for the tidy town’s project in Letterkenny.
Monday’s meeting of the town council was the first since the businessman passed away and councillors expressed their shock at his death.
Cllr. Dessie Larkin said Mr.McCormick had unbelievable business acumen. “There is no point in saying he is going to be replaced because he won’t be. I wish his family and the Tidy Town’s committee all the best in trying to fill the void he has left.”
Cllr. Victor Fisher said Mr. McCormick would be a huge loss to his family and the town.
Cllr. Tadhg Culbert said Mr. McCormick was a great lover of the town and a fantastic family man. “He never let you off the hook but he was the sort of person that you never wanted him to let you off the hook. The greatest tribute we can give him is to go and win the tidy towns in 2012 - it would be fantastic if we were to win it, a fitting tribute. He was one of life’s gentlemen.”
Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh said Mr. McCormick was quite a remarkable man from a business point of view and for the Tidy Towns.
“He was driven but he also had a way of bringing people along with him without putting them off and he had great leadership skills.
Cllr. Jim Lynch said Mr. McCormick was very passionate in what he believed in and what he wanted.
“He was a very good planner and a very clear thinker and hadn’t patience for any messing around or pussy-footing around. It is such a tragedy that the man had to die before he achieved his ultimate goal.”
Cllr. Paschal Blake said a fitting tribute would be if Letterkenny can take the trophy for the best kept town in Ireland.
Cllr. Ciaran Brogan said Mr. McCormick was part of the extended family of the council. “We achieved an awful lot together in Letterkenny. He wanted everything done to perfection, there were no half measures.”
Town Clerk Paddy Doherty said Mr. McCormick kept the council on its toes “but that was a good thing”. “It will be a very fitting tribute when Letterkenny does win the award,” he said.
Mayor, Cllr. Gerry McMonagle described him as one of a kind. “I don’t think we will ever fill his shoes but we will try. “I know it was not all done by Jim but the drive and ambition influenced a lot of people on the Tidy Town’s committee, the town council and Fás, to up our game. While he was only one man he certainly played a pivotal role in the development of the modern Letterkenny we have today.”