Community Spirit is Alive and Well in Point

Sligo Weekender, July 01 2003

An unprecedented community response led to over €10,000 being raised in just a month for the Scout’s Den, and a new mayor of Rosses Point named.
The campaign was launched last month in the village, with the seven candidates: John Finnegan, Kieran Devaney, Tom Devaney, Susie Petersen, John Ryan (Jnr), Simon Rooney and Linda Gault.
The eventual winner was Tom Devaney, who manages the post office in the village and is also a barman in Austies.
Thanks to some concerted fundraising and a charity race night in Austie’s, he raised over E3,500 to claim the mayor’s chain.
Close behind Tom was Susie Petersen, a student and popular member of the Rosses Point community. She was named as Deputy Mayor.
The presentation of the chain of office was made in Austie’s on Friday night, June 20.
Outgoing mayor, Brendan Johnson, handed the chain back with humility and wished the new mayor well in his term in office.
Anna Mullen, who presented the chain originally in 1978 with her late husband, Vincent, officially presented it to Tom Devaney.
The newly-crowned mayor thanked those who had supported his fundraising and paid special tribute to his campaign manager, Adrian O’Carroll.