TRIBUTES have been paid to the former cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, John Gallahue, who passed away on Sunday.
Mr Gallahue, 70, who served for 10 years as a county councillor in the Kilmallock electoral area, died peacefully on Sunday afternoon at his home at Ballyfaskin, Ballylanders after a long battle with illness.
Paying tribute to Mr Gallahue, the current cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Richard Butler, described him as “one of the world’s nice guys”.
“It is a huge loss to his family, a huge loss to his friends. He was a great councillor and I’m sure it is a great loss to his former constituents,“ said the cathaoirleach.
A colourful, outgoing and witty character, Mr Gallahue was a celebrated poet and author.
“You could get anything out of John. No matter what you would do with John, you couldn’t fall out with him, he was that kind of a person and he was respected right across party lines. We were from different political parties but we were still great friends. It was a pleasure to know him. He was one of the world’s nice guys,” Cllr Butler continued.
A native of Anglesboro, John Gallahue was elected cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council in 2008, a position he held with “great respect” according to Cllr Butler.
“He was a great chairman of Limerick County Council. He will be honoured by Limerick County Council and I am assured he will be honoured properly for his contribution to the council,” continued Cllr Butler.
In 2009, Mr Gallahue announced that he would not be seeking re-election to Limerick County Council after 10 years of service. asboth an Independent and Fianna Fail councillor in the Kilmallock electoral area, citing health problems as the reason behind his decision.
Mr Gallahue also ran a pub in Ballylanders. He worked as a special advisor to Willie O’Dea for a number of years and has been a prime mover in establishing links between Limerick and Poland.