Work continues on Geraghty memorial

Work is continuing on the selection of a memorial to commemorate the contribution of local GP Dr. Geraghty to the community of Glenamaddy.             The fundraising stage of the project has come to an end and the project is now with an architect, who is to return to the committee with proposals for a fitting memorial.             Martina Gibbons of the Glenamaddy Residents and Traders Association said, ‘We have to make a decision on the format. We want to get it right and hope to have that done before the end of the year. We will put the proposals to an open meeting and a decision on all the options will be made by the local community. A lot of work is being done behind the scenes,’ concluded Ms. Gibbons.             A renowned social campaigner, Dr. Patrick or Patsy Geraghty came to see many of the problems facing local people through the everyday experiences of his busy GP surgery. Waves of emigration from the area left elderly people living in isolation in the rural community and Dr. Geraghty spearheaded a move to improve these people’s lives with the establishment of Glenamaddy Day Care Centre. A cottage hospital, Árus Bhríde, was set up in 1994, next to the day care centre and in later years, sheltered accommodation units were built in the same complex.             A native of Athleague, Dr. Geraghty set up his practice on the Creggs Road in 1971. He later moved to Gortnagier where the GP practice operated for many years. A great lover of everything equine, in the years before his death he established a 40,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art equestrian centre in Glenamaddy adjacent to his home on the Kilkerrin road. Indeed he bred Carling King, which came fourth for Kevin Babington in the Athens Olympics.             He is remembered in Glenamaddy and surrounding areas as a marvellous social campaigner, a man of great compassion and joviality and a man whose work really made a difference to the quality of life enjoyed by the elderly in the area.