Keady’s new Community Centre honours legendary Tommy Makem

October 2, 2012

Keady’s new Community Centre, construction of which is to begin in January, is to be named the Tommy Makem Community and Arts Centre, following a SDLP notice of motion brought before Armagh City and District Council.

SDLP Councillor Thomas O’Hanlon first proposed the move last February and the proposal cleared its final hurdle at Monday night’s Council Meeting.

Welcoming the move on Monday night, Councillor O’Hanlon said,

“Tommy Makem is one of Ireland’s most famous sons. He was a deeply humble man

and was very proud of his Keady roots and what better way to pay tribute to Tommy than to name the town’s new state of the art Community Centre after him.”

“Tommy and his mother Sarah before him are held in great esteem across the globe for their contribution to preserving traditional music and, in particular, the Irish song tradition, and yet, despite his fame the world over, Tommy never forgot the place of his birth.

“Tommy was born and raised in Keady or the “Hub of the Universe” as he was known to refer to it as and what better way to remember his legacy. Tommy never forgot his roots and would be immensely proud to know a community and arts venue in his own town was called after him.”

Mr O’Hanlon added that the town’s square would also be renamed, “Makem Square”

and said the construction of the new Community Centre was just one element of a council led multimillion pound investment in Keady which will see a new play park and new changing facilities at Madden Row.

An Environment Improvement scheme for the town is also well advanced to provide new footpaths and junction improvements throughout the town.