Presentation to Councillor Kathy Watanabe
In November 2016 Councillor Kathy Watanabe became the first Council Member in Santa Clara’s history from the Northside area of Santa Clara. Kathy’s grandfather, Michael Francis, served in the North Longford Flying Column. Kathy’s parents, Kevin and Brigid Carolan, were born and raised in Longford. Her father was from Ohill and mother was from Corlea.
Kathy’s parents moved back to Longford from New York in 1965. Kathy and her siblings started school in Ballinalee but moved back to New York in 1968. Kathy works tirelessly for Santa Clara and has shown great leadership in her community and has been widely recognized for her contributions.
The Cathaoirleach, Councillor Martin Mulleady, made a presentation to Kathy during her visit to Longford in August 2017.