Ballina councillors have agreed to honour a renowned 19th-century businessman and philanthropist.
A motion was proposed at last week’s municipal district meeting by Independent councillor Seamus Weir for Arthur Muffeny to be honoured with a plaque, sculpture or by naming a place or a building after him.
He said Mr Muffeny was an incredible philanthropist who built “approximately half of Ballina in the 19th century” and also built accommodation for the town’s homeless.
Cllr Weir also said the successful Tone Street-born businessman was a very large employer in the locality and had four shops and a foundry on the Killala road where he built houses for his employees at St Patrick’s Terrace.
Cllr Weir said he had met Mr Muffeny’s grandniece recently and discussed the idea of a memorial.
Fine Gael Cllr Jarlath Munnelly supported the motion.