Barntown mayoral contest unites widely-spread community

By David tucker

Mayoral candidate Mag Gurhy is joined by fellow Celtic Linen workers Denise Whelan and Natasha Healy at a weekly Monday cake bake to support her campaign to be Mayor of Barntown.
Mayoral candidate Mag Gurhy is joined by fellow Celtic Linen workers Denise Whelan and Natasha Healy at a weekly Monday cake bake to support her campaign to be Mayor of Barntown.

IT'S almost the final countdown in the context to find out who will be the Mayor of Barntown.

Entering its final phase, the mayoral election in Barntown has been successful on several fronts.

Not only has it resulted in a huge and wide-ranging amount of voluntary activity, it has helped increase awareness within the curacy of the huge amount of talent, imagination and resourcefulness that exists locally. Each of the six candidates has pulled around themselves great election teams, energetic and hardworking individuals who have sought to ensure success and victory.

Barntown Curate Fr John Carroll described the mayoral competition as a good humoured, yet competitive event and the hope is that the election campaign will make for a curacy where people know one another a little better, where pride of place is even stronger and where gifts are celebrated and needs discerned and addressed.

'All signs are that this is happening in Barntown and will continue in other activities and initiatives that will likely evolve from the mayoral election,' he said. Already individuals are discussing some events that should now form part of the annual calendar, the fancy dress parade, a concert, breakfast mornings, split the pot, car boot sales and field days.

Living so close to Wexford town, Barntown has always had a major task to carve out its own identity. This election has helped the curacy to do just that. A greater awareness of what does exist within the boundaries of the curacy and what is needed has emerged. Fr Carroll said the election has also come at a good time - school and sports facilities are just completed, church infrastructure has been well tended, and talk now is of the need to revamp the community centre, a major project that will hopefully attract the support of all.

At present the focus is on the car boot sale in the church car park, of Sunday, March 12, after the 11 a.m. mass and the concluding event - a field day on Sunday, March 26, and the announcement of the successful mayoral candidate later that evening. Fr Carroll said much credit in this campaign goes to the organising committee spearheaded by Ann O Brien, Denis Sinnott, Caitriona Walsh, Aoife Colfer and Jennifer O Keeffe.

'The imaginative, colourful and very skilled contribution of impresario Damian Donlon has added greatly to the smooth running of the campaign - his Friday night hosting at Mary Jos and his very captivating bi-weekly videos have kept us focussed and ensured continued momentum. 'Gratitude is also expressed to Shane O Brien and the staff of Mary Jo's who have accommodated the event at every juncture, providing facility and encouragement every step of the way,' said the curate.

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