TRIBUTES HAVE been paid to one of Sligo’s best known public administrators whose funeral takes place tomorrow, Friday.
Christie (Christy) Leonard notably served in senior roles with the Sligo County Enterprise Fund and the Sligo County Development Team.
Mr Leonard’s prior career had taken him to Sligo County Council after an earlier stint with Bord na Mona.
it was his role as Secretary Manager of the Sligo County Enterprise
Fund which saw Mr Leonard finish his public career with a flourish.
Established by the late Terry Byrne in the pre Celtic Tiger era, the Fund lent money for small start-up projects.
For example, in Easkey the Fund provided some ‘seed’ capital to the Geneology and Heritage and Centre for the purchase of its HQ
The project took over a decade to fully develop and was officially opened by Mr Leonard in July 2012.
The centre houses heritage objects found within the parish and also items from the workhouse in nearby Dromore West.
He also joined delegations of Sligo businesses seeking contracts abroad, including the United States.
Mr Leonard was especially credited for his personal initiative in creating the Information and Technology Centre at Sligo Airport Business Park.
Board members at that time included entrepreneurs Richard Lyons and
Peter Henry, AIB regional manager Pat Heelan, developer Martin Treacy,
along with Christy Leonard and Terry Byrne.
The late Mr Leonard is survived by his wife Mary, one son and seven daughters.
These are: Aidan, Marice, Nuala, Sylvia, Maeve, Eleanor, Siobhàin and Annette.
His funeral Mass will take place in St Johns Church Carraroe tomorrow, Friday, at 11am and afterwards to Scarden Cemetery.