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24 Jan 2022

Telephone boxes 'as useful as asthtray on motorbike' to be removed from the square in Mountrath

Mountrath Development Association has new chairperson

Mountrath, Co Laois.

The removal and telephone boxes from the square and the election of a new chairperson were among the main items of news at the recent AGM of the Mountrath Development Association.

Held on on Thursday November 10, Chairman Paul Fetherstonhaugh welcomed everyone to the meeting and in his address thanked all members of MDA and sub-committees for their work throughout the year.

He was pleased to note that following on from their representations to EIR and Laois County Council the two telephone boxes in the square are being removed on December 16.

The issue was also discussed at a Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick municipal district meeting of Laois County Councillors last Thursday.


"About as useful as an ashtray on a motor bike." Cllr James Kelly's description of a telephone kiosk in The Square, Mountrath.


Director of Services Donal Brennan had noted that Mountrath Development Association had written to Eir about the issue.

He said Eir had placed a notice on the kiosk to the effect that it was proposed to remove it on December 16. It was planned to replace the kiosk with an information board, Mr Brennan added.

Meanwhile, Mr Fetherstonhaugh also confirmed that he would be standing down from his position of chairman, a position which he had held for a number of years.

Committee member Fiona Wallis spoke for all MDA members when she thanked Paul and acknowledged all the good work he had done over the years as chairman.

Brenda O'Grady was elected as Chairperson, Cllr John Joe Fennelly was elected as Vice-Chairperson, Maura Reynolds was returned as Treasurer and Ann Hetherington was returned as Secretary.

Incoming chairperson Brenda O'Grady thanked Paul Fetherstonhaugh for his dedication to MDA as chairman and committee member.​

The board thanked St. Fintan's Hall for providing them with premises​ for their meetings, as needed, Mountrath community for supporting them.

 The sub-committees are: Mountrath Tidy Towns, The Playground, The Special Project Team and a few more in the process of being formed.

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