Lanesboro native, Adie Farrell has probably one of the best known faces in Co Longford.
After a political career that spanned the best part of 40 years, he recently stepped down as chairman of Lanesboro Community College’s school board of management after 40 years at the helm there.
Members of the VEC’s boards of management past and present and CEOs were invited to the school in Lanesboro last Friday where Adie and his family celebrated his retirement in style.
The former public representative who lost his seat in 2009 after being co-opted to the council 39 years previously following the death of his late father Ger said he was honoured and humbled at last Friday’s event where he was presented with a beautiful painting on behalf of the Board of Management at Lanesboro Community College.
Paying tribute to Mr Farrell, Principal at the school Jimmy Flanagan said Mr Farrell was an honest man who was proud of Lanesboro and proud of the school.
“He was a very supportive man who was always open to good ideas,” Mr Flanagan continued.
“He was the soul of discretion and was very honest. He was very, very proud of the school here and proud of Lanesboro, and we all wish him well in his retirement.”
Adie’s son Cllr Gerald Farrell will replace his father on the new school board.