The people of Athboy had their voices heard recently when they voted for the person most worthy of the title ”Community Person of the Year” and this year the accolade was awarded to Mary Flood.
Last years recipient, local historian Maureen Phelan was thrilled to be able to hand over the chain to her long time friend and neighbour, to a woman who has made her mark on the town of Athboy in a most positive light.
Mary, who is a leading member of the town’s Tidy Towns Committee, a founder of Athboy’s Allotments and a member of the Bethany Bereavement Support Group is very much of the mind that the strong community spirit that exists in Athboy is what inspires her to do all she does.
One of Mary’s proudest achievements comes from their success in the Tidy Towns and Pride of Place. In 2014 the town received the overall Pride of Place Award in Meath and were delighted to travel to Clare later in the same year to represent the County. However while awards are always welcome it is the difference that their projects make to the town that gives Mary such a sense of achievement and joy. From the Main Street Tree Planting, Barrack Lane, the Bee & Butterfly Gardens, Thornton’s Garden and The Alpha Garden to name just some, Mary and her team also work with other groups through their initiatives like ”Adopt a plot” and the ”Get Involved” scheme. These very successful projects have seen many derelict sites receive a new lease of life.
A trained nurse who spent many years working in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Trim, Mary is the daughter of a Polish father and an Irish mother. She says that her father always instilled the importance of volunteering in her and that has remained with her to this day. Now married to well known publican Seamus Flood they have 3 children, 8 grandchildren and a great grandchild. When asked what gives her strength and driving force she puts it down to the love of her family and friends and her strong faith in God. She thanked everyone for their kind words and was completely overwhelmed by the amount of warm wishes she has received since her win.
Speaking at the Athboy St. Patricks Day Presentation Night, Chairman Paudie Miggin congratulated Mary. He said that the huge amount of votes received in her favour goes to show the high regard she is held by the people of the town.
Mary will hold the title for one year and will attend many formal events in the town in her role of Community Person of the Year.