30th June 2021

‘Ennis Island’ Presentation to mark Clare Cllr. Mary Howard’s year as Mayor of Clare



Ennis Chamber was delighted to arrange a presentation of a memento to Ennis woman Cllr. Mary Howard to mark her tenure as Mayor of Clare, during such a difficult and challenging year.

Collins Jewellers Ennis crafted an exquisite and unique silver heart, set on local stone, to represent the outline shape of the urban island of Ennis (Inis). It was presented to Mayor of Clare Cllr. Mary Howard this week to mark the completion of her year in the role of Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council.

CEO of Ennis Chamber, Margaret O’Brien explained, “We commissioned locally based destination consultants Repucon to create a Niche Destination Plan for Ennis, and it was they who pointed out the differentiating strength of Ennis as one of only two urban island towns in Ireland and furthermore that the map outline of our urban island resembles a heart-shape.

We asked Tadg Collins of Collins Jewellers Ennis to create a memento for Cllr. Howard, a proud Ennis woman to mark her achievements as Mayor of Clare. He created an elegant paperweight, with a dynamic silver heart to represent the River Fergus as it sweeps its way around Ennis.  It echoes the outline of Cllr. Howard’s beloved hometown, while also representing the positive steps being taken by Ennis to differentiate itself from other towns, as we strive for full recovery post-lockdown.”

Cllr, Howard was delighted to receive the gift. “I was not expecting this and am very touched by how personal and unique this piece is. I have always appreciated the craftsmanship of Christy and Tadg Collins, and now or course Tadg’s son Tim is continuing that tradition. I’d also like to thank Ennis Chamber for their role in making this happen.

It was a challenging and historic year to be Mayor of Clare, with so much of the year spent responding to the demands placed on all of us by Covid-19. Always on my mind are thoughts and prayers for those who lost loved ones, but also to the forefront is a sense of pride in knowing how many organisations and individuals throughout county Clare stepped up the to the plate to support their community. It was remarkable.

Cllr. Howard added, “I was honoured as a proud Ennis woman to represent our beautiful county Clare over the past year and will treasure this elegant gift crafted by Collins Jewellers which I will keep on my desk to remind me that my time as Mayor of Clare was appreciated and acknowledged in my hometown.”


Photo Caption:

Back row: Colin Ryan, Vice President Ennis Chamber, Front row left to right, Christy Collins, Cllr. Mary Howard and Tadg Collins of Collins Jewellers

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