Updated: 08/03/17 : 13:22:08
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Tributes paid to the late Tommy Lavin

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Hubert Keaney has paid tribute to the late Tommy Lavin, describing him as ‘One of the most respected and experienced Councillors in this Authority’s history.

He was widely admired for his trojan work on behalf of the Ballymote community, and in his later years he was a father-figure to many young Councillors finding their way in local government.

He had the distinction of serving as Cathaoirleach in 1984 and 1992, and as Leas Cathaoirleach in 1979 and 1991.

He gave exemplary service to this Council for 36 years, and this should be a great source of pride to his family at this difficult time.

Tony McLoughlin TD said the Taoiseach Enda Kenny was a close friend and just visited him in the North West hospice last Friday:

Tommy's will repose at the Perry Funeral Home, Ballymote on Wednesday (8th March)evening from 4.30pm until 7.30pm followed by removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymote, to arrive at 8pm.

Funeral Mass on Thursday (9th March) at 12 noon with burial afterwards in St. Columba's Cemetery.