Farranfore’s Margaret Cronin was only three years old on the day then Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dick Spring, TD performed the official opening of the new £13.5m stretch of roadway between Lissivigeen to Curraglass outside Killarney.
That was on Thursday, September 19th 1996 – twenty years ago this week.
The Tánaiste had just performed his ribbon cutting duties and was a line or two into his cúpla focal when the toddler stepped into his space and the crowd giggled.
Mr. Spring stopped in his tracks and gave the little girl her space and time in the limelight and they were both applauded for their light-hearted aside to the occasion.
There was also a Castleisland connection with the business side of the day. Local woman and graphic artist, Beatrice Pembroke from Killarney Road designed the colour brochure which carried the story and statistics of the opening.
And Camp Road native John O’Connor was the financial controller with Kerry County Council at the time and he’s included in one of the photographs here.
Taking time away from the huddles which usually follow such events, Tánaiste Spring complimented Ms. Pembroke of her work on the publication and her contribution to the events of the day.
I wonder where Margaret Cronin is now and if she has gate-crashed any other big events since that day 20 years ago this week.
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