The Mayor of Sligo has expressed his and the local authority’s condolences to the family of the late councillor Margaret Gormley. Margaret passed away yesterday morning.
Mayor Martin Baker says the Gormley family connection with Sligo County Council goes back to 1942, when the Independent councillor’s late father Willie was first elected to the Council. Margaret was co-opted onto the Council in 1980 and successfully contested every subsequent local election. The Bunninadden based councillor served as Cathaoirleach in 2004.
He has described Margaret as was one of the most committed and hard working people he knew, saying she served the people of South Sligo with great distinction. “She was a great champion for the under-dog or people struggling in any way. One of her many interests was in Gaelic Football, she was one of the first in the county to promote ladies football”.
Ciarán Hayes, Chief Executive of the Council, spoke of his ‘privilege’ to have known her. ‘Margaret represented her constituents with tenacity and had a determination and drive to see rural Sligo prosper the same as the regional capital”.
Her remains will be reposing at her home in Carrowloughlin, Bunninadden, Ballymote from 1 o’clock until 10 o’clock today (Saturday) and on Sunday from 12 o’clock until 9 o’clock.
She will be laid to rest on Monday after 12 o’clock Mass in Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden in Cloonameehan Cemetery.