Ardee Town Council are holding a gathering of past Members this Sunday 17 November at 4.30 at Ardee Castle.
Cathaoirleach Fintan Malone and Cllr Michael Farrelly have done tremendous work in compiling a list of all who served on the Ardee Town Commissioners and Ardee Town Council over the years and great efforts have been made to contact all families and former members.
Next year will see the end of all town councils in the country, a move we might all live to regret.
The commissioners and now the town council has been the democratic voice of the town.
And just a few years ago, they even linked up with the Italian town of Nettuno.
Both towns have a great deal in common, not least their medieval history and the fact that both have a superbly preserved castle in their centres.
The link has established cultural, social and hopefully, economic ties that will develop over the years.
Louth Local Authorities have said it is important for local government to be involved with these international relationships and have paid tribute to the work done by members of Ardee Town council and officials who established the link with their Italian colleagues.
The mayor of Nuttuno leads a delegation of Italian councillors who visit Ardee every St Patrick’s week and Ardee councillors have been visiting Nettuno each May.
Hopefully that will continue.Ardee Town Council has also been active in moving withthe times and indeed ahead of most other towns its size.
Last year the council porduced a comprehensive plan in its bid for funding from the Government’s Smarter Travel scheme.
The main idea was to make Ardee a bike and walk friendly town and reduce traffic congestion.
“We wanted to be able to visualise a town where people have a real choice about their mode of transport,” the council stated in their plan.
“Our vision for Ardee is to create an age friendly, walking and cycle town where people of all ages feel they can choose to walk or cycle in safety despite the traffic congestion caused by the presence of the N2 and the N52.
“Ardee will increasingly become a family friendly town, a great place to live, to shop in or to visit.”
Many people, especially parents and students supported the idea. People said they would love to cycle to work or school, but feel cycling at the moment is just not safe enough.