“This town holds so many good memories for me as it was here that I came to experience what community really means and how community action could change things for the better".
This was the core of the message delivered by Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she officially opened the Bank of Ireland sponsored Manorhamilton Enterprise Town event on Friday, June 9th. Sketching her background in Manorhamilton she referred to the twelve years living there with her late husband Sean, who had a business in the town, and where their sons James and John were born. Before that she had fond memories of her many visits to her grandparents and relatives at Shanvaus, Lurganboy and Manorhamilton.
Manorhamilton was special, she said, as it was there that she came to experience what community really meant and how the reality of community action was evidenced in the Manorhamilton Enterprise Town Event.
“We see how farming and agri-food helps to sustain rural families, how local business creates and supports employment and how the people of Manorhamilton and North Leitrim have built a community that is inclusive, supportive and welcoming”, she said.
She praised the involvement of the many participants in events across a range of enterprises from the Manorhamilton Gospel Choir to safety in the home, from sport to fashion shows and from suicide to the inspirational words of Mickey Harte.
She concluded by congratulating Bank of Ireland and Manager Rita Rouse for their initiative in creating the Enterprise Towns project and expressed her appreciation for being afforded the opportunity of opening the event in a town to which she had such strong attachments.
“As a politician a lot of your time is taken up with different issues, some of them difficult, so it is really great to open and attend an event where there is such positivity, such optimism, such confidence and where people are proud to showcase what is available in Manorhamilton and North Leitrim”, Independent MEP Marian concluded.