A proposal to honour the former Athlone Institute of Technology President, Professor Ciaran O’Catháin, with a civic reception in reflection of his contribution to the evolution of the third level college to university status received unanimous support at the most recent sitting of Westmeath County Council.
Athlone Deputy Mayor, Cllr Aengus O’Rourke, who proposed the civic reception, noted that it was only fitting that Professor O’Catháin should be recognised for his achievements.
“I am delighted that my proposal to honour Professor Ciaran O’Cathain with a civic reception received unanimous support from all councillors at October’s local authority meeting.
“I strongly believe that people who make a significant and lasting beneficial mark on Athlone should be recognised for doing so, it is therefore only right and proper that Ciaran’s work and achievements are acknowledged by Westmeath County Council. I know the staff, students, local business community and the people of Athlone would see this as fitting and worthy gesture.
“Athlone as we know is now a university town. Delivering this was no mean feat, Ciaran demonstrated great foresight, determination and skill in his pursuit of University status for Athlone.
“We all know what this elevated status for Athlone and the Midlands means - more jobs, greater opportunities for young people and a range of economic benefits.
“For the past 22 years, Ciaran has been a champion for Athlone, inside and outside the college, he is founder member of The Midlands Gateway Chamber, he delivered the International Athletics Arena and he was instrumental in attracting inward investment to Athlone and the Midlands area over the course of the past two decades.
“I believe it is appropriate to recognise these wonderful achievements,” Cllr O’Rourke asserted.