Having recently being elected to the National Executive of Fianna Fáil, Cllr Gillian Coughlan was elected Mayor of Bandon at the local Council’s AGM on Tuesday last.

Aged 35 and married to Don Coughlan, Cllr Coughlan teaches history and English at Colaiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire.  She and her husband Donough (son of the late Bandon town commissioner Donough Coughlan) have three children, Aidan aged 13, Maeve aged seven and two years old Ronan and they reside at Dunmanway Road.

A member of the Sean Buckley Cumann, she is chairperson of Bandon TC’s Walled Town sub-committee which is organizing a Medieval Festival in the town in August.  A major aim for her, she stated, was for Bandon to attract a significant manufacturing and/or technology company but acknowledged there was a long road to go on this.  She then urged that Bandon accentuate its positives and expressed delight at the positive feedback for the upcoming lst Bandon Walled Town Medieval Festival.

‘We have a lot going for us in Bandon, fantastic people, a beautiful river and great investment with the main drainage and flood relief schemes but we must all put our shoulders to the wheel and make Bandon as good as it possibly can be’, said the new mayor who also expressed a desire to better promote Irish language and culture in the locality.