Ballybay/Clones MD News

At the February Ballybay/Clones Municipal District Meeting Cathaoirleach Cllr Sean Gilliland presented the Thomas Treanor 1916 Award to Largy College student Emily Butler as the highest achiever in Junior Certificate History in 2023.

Thomas Treanor was a native of Mill St., Monaghan who also lived at Swans Cross . He resigned as assistant County Surveyor for the Clones No.1 Rural District Council and Cootehill No.2 R.D.C. to take up a more senior position in Co. Wexford in 1912.

He was influential in setting up the Irish Volunteers in Wexford.

Thomas Treanor was one of over two hundred volunteers to participate in the Enniscorthy Rising.

Thomas Treanor was interned after the Rising. He was active in the War of Independence 1919-21 and was again arrested and interned. He retired from his position of asst. County Surveyor in 1950 and died in Gorey, Co. Wexford in 1963.

In view with his association with Clones Rural District Council and as part of the 1916 commemorations it was agreed that an annual award titled “The Thomas Treanor, 1916 Award” would be presented to the highest history achiever for Junior certificate in Largy College each year.

(main photo L-R Cllr. Pat Treanor, Cllr. Hugh McElvaney, Emma Smith (History Teacher Largy College), Cathaoirleach Cllr Sean Gilliland, Emily Butler (Student Largy College), Cllr. Richard Truell, Larry & Stephanie Butler)