Sligo Councillors pay tributes to the late editor of the Sligo Champion

Tributes have been paid at today’s meeting of Sligo County Council to the late Seamus Finn, former editor of The Sligo Champion.

On the proposal of Cathaoirleach Seamus Kilgannon, the meeting was adjourned for 15 minutes as a mark of respect to Mr Finn.

In 2011, he was appointed a Freeman of the Borough of Sligo, the last man to receive what was that local authority’s highest honour before it was abolished.

Cllr Kilgannon said this gives him a unique place in Sligo’s local history.

The Cathaoirleach described him as a ‘fair and objective editor’ who made an enormous contribution to Sligo throughout his long career.

Cllr Rosaleen O Grady, who was the Mayor who bestowed with the Freedom of the Borough Award, described him as ‘a true and honourable Sligoman.’

Other councillors recalled his support for many local causes and issues.

The late Mr Finn’s career as editor of The Sligo Champion almost paralleled that of Independent Councillor Declan Bree, now Sligo’s longest serving local representative.

Speaking to Ocean FM News at today’s council meeting, Cllr Bree recalled his many discussions and debates with Mr Finn over the years;

Mr. Finn will be laid to rest tomorrow following funeral mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Ballytivnan.