Mall set for lasting Albert tribute

Mall set for lasting Albert tribute
The Reynolds family have said they are “hugely honoured” by plans to rename Longford’s Mall in honour of the former Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds.

The Reynolds family have said they are “hugely honoured” by plans to rename Longford’s Mall in honour of the former Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds.

The decision was taken at a meeting of Longford County Council last Wednesday, stemming from a proposal put forward by Fianna Fail Cllr Seamus Butler.

Mr Reynolds’ s son, Philip said the proposed memorial was something he and his family would cherish forever.

“It’s a huge honour, it really is,” said a humbled Mr Reynolds on Monday.

He said he received over the proposed name change came via a letter from Longford County Coucil last week.

“The nice thing about that was it gave me the time to tell Mum (Kathleen) about it and then walk around the Mall as a family at the weekend.”

The Reynolds family were in Longford to attend Albert Reynolds’s Month’s Mind Mass in St Mel’s Cathedral Centre .

Nearly 800 people attended the Mass on Saturday.

A function was held afterwards at the Longford Arms Hotel as family, close friends and former constituents recalled their own memories of the late Taoiseach.

Mr Reynolds said the occasion was something he and his mother, Kathleen, would never forget.

“Mum got a huge adrenalin rush from Saturday, she really did.

“She’s fairly frail and not the best for balance, but she stood for two hours greeting people. We all met people who we perhaps hadn’t seen for 20 years.

“The number of people who attended from the Dublin Road, Viewmount and where we used to live in Longford, there wasn’t a house that wasn’t represented,” he said.

Mr Reynolds also revealed that even if construction work on St Mel’s Cathedral had been completed at the time of his father’s passing, funeral proceedings would still have been held in Dublin.

The choice of holding some form of remembrance back on his home turn of Co Longford was purely down to one person, added Mr Reynolds.

“Mum was adamant that we should come back to Longford and to be honest, it was a fitting way to close that chapter,” he concluded.