Tributes were paid yesterday to Letterkenny traffic warden Mickey Curran after his sudden death.
Affectionately known as ‘Wee Mickey’ Mr. Curran was one of the first traffic wardens appointed in Donegal when he took up the post In November 1994. And despite the pressures of such a job, he gained many plaudits for the even handed justice that he dispensed and brought to the job.
Well-known throughout the town and indeed the rest of the country, he was found dead at his home on the Long Lane yesterday morning.
Mayor of Letterkenny Gerry McMonagle yesterday led the tributes to Mr. Curran for the fairness and diligence he brought to his work:
“As everybody knows he was very diligent about his work. It does not matter who you were, if you were illegally parked you got a ticket. He was respected for his fairness and he carried out his job to the best of his ability. We in the town council were very appreciative of that. He was a very hard working and loyal servant to the council and he will be sadly missed.”
Paying tribute to Mr. Curran, Town Clerk Paddy Doherty said town council staff were shocked at the news of his sudden death. “Everyone from the town and afar would have heard of ‘Wee Mickey’ the traffic warden in Letterkenny. The work of traffic warden is a difficult job and he would have been very fair in his 17 years and did the job to the best of his ability.”
Former town councillor PJ Blake, who nominated Mr. Curran for the post, said there was shock in the town at the news of the death. “Anyone that I have been talking to just can’t believe it. He had a difficult job to do but he was well-capable of doing it. He made no difference between people. He was reasonable and good at his job, and was a very hard worker.”