Too high a price is being paid by Westport for success in Tidy Towns, if it means that the local GAA club cannot erect a banner this week to wish 6 members of their club, good luck as members of the Mayo U20 all Ireland Football squad. That was the view expressed by the Cathaoirleach of West Mayo, Fianna Fail councillor Brendan Mulroy at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District yesterday.
The Mayo U 20 side take on Kildare in the All Ireland final in Croke Park this Sunday and Westport councillors are adamant that having 6 members of the county’s All Ireland squad from the Westport GAA club is a remarkable achievement and should be honoured. The club want to erect a banner in the town wishing the best of luck to the 6 young men, but Mayo county council executive say it can’t be done, as there is an agreement in place to erect a banner at just one location in the town, and that spot was already booked by another club this week.
The Cathaoirleach Brendan Mulroy asked that an additional location for the erection of a banner be allowed at the top of Bridge street, due to the occasion, but that request was denied.
Council official Padraig Walsh outlined to councillors that judging in the national Tidy Towns competition is taking place at this time, and it would not be appropriate to locate a banner in a separate location.
He said the authority had suggested both clubs could share the one location where a banner is allowed, but that had not happened.
The Cathaoirleach cllr Mulroy said he was disappointed and frustrated with the response.