From hotels to country music, the name of Frank Kilbride is synonymous with many things, writes Liam Cosgrove.
More recently, the Longford businessman and long time politician, added the title of television presenter to an ever increasing CV.
Last Wednesday evening, inside The Park House Hotel, members of the public got a glimpse of those new found duties at first hand.
Sat beneath a giant banner encrypted with the slogan ‘The Frank Kilbride Show’, it was hard not to raise a passing smile at the irony of it all.
This, after all, was billed as a meeting to address Edgeworthstown’s so-called ‘democratic deficit’ as a consequence of the recent local elections.
It was an occasion which despite a re-count and being dubbed ‘The Comeback Kid’ put paid to his own re-election chances.
To be fair to the man himself, he did his very best to ensure the evening went as smoothly as possible.
Contributions, and worthwhile ones at that, came and went from local politicians and residents.
The objective seemed fairly straightforward too -how all stakeholders could work in tandem to safeguard the mid Longford town’s future.
“Hopefully we can have a valuable and interesting discussion with one aim of uniting the people of Granard, Edgeworthstown, north Longford, south Longford and mid Longford,” he said.
There is no doubt that Edgeworthstown paid a price for the electoral area division which effectively split the area. Nonetheless, the people have spoken and the die is cast for the next five years.