Paul is new face at the helm of Castlebridge community group
THE CASTLEBRIDGE Community Development Group has a new chairperson for the first time in a decade, after the long-serving Phyllis Gordon stepped down from the top post at this year's AGM after spending ten years in that role.
The new incumbent of the chair is local man Paul Dempsey, who operates a building and maintenance business, and who is hoping to bring the knowledge and experience he has gained from that work to his new role.
On the day after his election last week, he paid warm tribute to his predecessor Phyllis. 'I was away from Castlebridge a lot during the Celtic Tiger years but I was always aware of the group and of Phyllis as Chairperson,' he said. 'She was there a long time and did great work, and everyone in the community is grateful to her for it.'
Paul has himself been involved in the organisation only for little over a year, having first begun to help out with the community garden project in Castlebridge. 'Bit by bit I got involved in the wider development group as well, and I hope as Chairman to be able to keep up the good work that's been going on here,' he said.
Key aims for the twelve months ahead are the revival of the Castletown Tidy Towns effort, and continuing to develop the community garden.
The Development Group's other two officers - Colm Byrne (Secretary) and Mary Hamilton (Treasurer) - were both re-elected to those two positions at last week's AGM.