William Hughes, former Mayor of Fermoy and community activist, has resigned as chairman of Cork Road Residents Association after over twenty years in the chair.

William felt it was time for him to stand down and let someone else spearhead the association. 

William’s life as a community activist began in the mid nineties when he saw a group of workers dismantling a feature of the pool area between Clancy Street and Redmond Street in preparation for the construction of five houses by Fermoy Urban District Council. 

William made a decision to fight this proposal in order to preserve the status quo of the area which had served the community as a play area for many years.

William was supported in his campaign by residents and other interested parties. A petition was organised and over seven hundred signatures were gathered. As a result, the decision to build the houses was rescinded by the UDC.

William is grateful to former Fermoy town councillor Tadgh O’Donovan, who worked tirelessly with him during the campaign. 

William would also like to thank past and present members of the association for their help in all the activities over the years. William is very happy to see the park being utilised fully by the people of Fermoy and surrounding areas. 

Despite stepping down as chairman of Cork Road Residents Association, William wished to assure his friends that he intends to continue in his role as a community activist.