John Farrell of Newtowncashel has been named this year’s Longford Person of the Year. At a special ceremony held in the Longford Arms Hotel on Friday (November 25) last, John was awarded the county’s highest accolade.
A prominent member of his local community, John is well known for his voluntary contributions both at home and throughout County Longford.
For 30 years John has been a member of the Newtowncashel branch of the County Longford Association for persons with intellectual disability. He is also the present chairperson of the branch and has served in this position for over 10 years.
John has also been involved in organisations such as St. Christopher’s Services, St. Christopher’s Housing Association Ltd, Newtowncashel GAA Club, Newtowncashel Drama Group, and the Pioneer Total Absence Association (PTAA).
Alongside this, John has been involved in the Parish Pastoral Council and the Dublin City Marathon (1983-1987). In June 1990 he was awarded the ESB Community Spirit Award.
Now retired, John together with his wife Evelyn still runs a seventy plus acre dry stock farm.
The remaining seven awards recipients are Michael McCormack (Edgeworthstown), Nikki Harte (Longford), Joe Fox (Ballinalee), Marie Hand (Longford), Mai & Eileen Reilly (Ballymahon), Anne Igoe (Derryharrow, Longford), and the Longford Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LSPCA).