24 September 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

There was great excitement in the village of Glaslough on Saturday evening last as huge crowds came out to celebrate a special event which marked fifty years of Glaslough’s participation in the National Tidy Towns Competition. The evening commenced with the unveiling of a plaque in the Diamond to celebrate this historic milestone. It was both poignant and fitting that the plaque was unveiled by Paddy and Alice Connolly as Paddy and Alice were instrumental in forming Glaslough Tidy Towns way back in 1965. Since then the village has enjoyed great success in the National Tidy Towns

Competition including winning the overall award in 1978. At the unveiling there was a great representation not only from the locals of the area but from the many businesses and community and sporting organisations based in the Glaslough area. Also in attendance was Co Council Cathaoirleach Noel Keelan and Cathaoirleach of Monaghan Municipal District Cllr Robbie Gallagher and other local representatives Cllr Seamus Treanor and Cllr Paudge Connolly and Honorary Mayor of Glaslough Paudge Colleran.

Local musician Packie McGhee and the children of the village then gave a very moving and fitting rendition of Beautiful Glaslough a song that was originally penned by Packie when Glaslough won the national award back in 1978. Following the unveiling of the plaque celebrations then continued in the Oakland Centre where everyone was treated to food and refreshments. The local tidy towns committee had beautifully decorated the centre and put together a visual display which included many photographs and newspaper cuttings and other Tidy Town memorabilia from the last 50 years. MC on the night Gareth Corrigan thanked everyone for coming to the Oakland and welcomed a number of speakers to the stage. First to speak was Paddy Connolly who told of how the local tidy towns group first came about back in the mid-1960’s.

Paddy spoke fondly of his time whilst involved in Glaslough Tidy Towns and paid tribute to all who had been ….


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