Tributes are being paid to former Sligo Councillor, Patsy Barry.
The Fianna Fail representative first took his seat on the council in 1997 replacing Senator Willie Farrell.
Councillor Barry was elected to the council in 1999, 2004 and 2009 in the Sligo/Drumcliffe local electoral area.
In this time, he became Cathaoirleach in 2005 and also served as Chairman of the Strategic Policy Committee in Planning and Development as well as being Chairman of the County Sligo Heritage Forum.
He held his seat on the council until he stepped down in 2014 and was also a publican and auctioneer.
Current Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Councillor Dara Mulvey said he was an ‘outstanding public representative who served the people of his area with distinction’ calling him a ‘great ambassador for North Sligo.’
Acting Chief Executive, Tom Kilfeather, recalled Patsy’s ‘pride in his community and county’ and that his ‘experience and wisdom’ was invaluable to the council during his time as Cathoirleach.
Current Grange Fianna Fail Councillor, Donal Gilroy, remembers the late Councillor Barry and his contribution to north Sligo.