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The official opening of the new Tadhg Culbert Car Park

'Someone we will never forget' - Cathaoirleach Gerry McMonagle

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The official opening of the Tadhg Culbert carpark today

The official opening of the new Tadhg Culbert car park took place in Letterkenny this afternoon. 

A former Letterkenny Mayor, Tadhg Culbert, a former An Post worker died over five years ago in the Donegal Hospice. 

He came to Letterkenny in the early 70's and in 1985 he got elected to the town council. He later returned to politics and was a proud Fianna Fáil councillor and was often called the 'comeback kid' which signified his return to politics. 

A former Tipperary man, he was a great lover of all sport and supported St. Eunan's GAA Club and the Letterkenny Rovers in the cathedral town. 

The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Gerry McMonagle said that naming the new carpark after the former councillor "was a fitting tribute."

The Letterkenny-based public representative described the later Mr. Culbert as "someone we will never forget."

He recalled that he and Tadhg were 'good friends.'

He described Tadhg as a man who was always smiling and loved and respected by many. 

The family of the late Mr. Culbert had traveled from Cork, Clare and Tipperary to be in attendance at the official ceremony.

'He left us far too soon' - Letterkenny Mayor 

The Mayor of Letterkenny, Jimmy Kavanaugh, echoed the Cathaoirleach's sentiments. 

He thanked all the Donegal County Council officials affiliated with the car park and all those who worked in any capacity on the project. 

There are 39 car parking spaces and 5 disabled car parking spaces at the location where the old Letterkenny fire station used to stand. The barriers are painted red to commemorate the old building. 

The area in which the car park is located is a busy one, facilitating the Credit Union, the tax and social welfare office, located beside the new courthouse and in close proximity to the hospital. 

"He left us far too soon but his name will always be remembered," the Mayor said remembering his friend and council colleague. 

'Daddy would have been so proud' - Lisa Culbert

Speaking on behalf of the family, the daughter of Lisa Culbert thanked all who were in attendance. 

She said that her father had been synonymous with the High Road and walked the busy route to the Post Office where he worked on counter number one.

She thanked the former Fianna Fáil Mayor Ciaran Brogan and Sinn Féin Cathaoirleach, Gerry McMonagle for making the motion, which was unanimously supported by all councillors, which led to carpark being named in his honour. 

 "Daddy would have been so proud to see his name etched forever in the history of Letterkenny," she said.