Picture by Ray Commins Photography 2017 from People of Port Facebook page.
People in Portarlington held a collection recently to give back to a man in the area whose work in the community is truly outstanding.
Terence Lawlor is well known in Portarlington, and many people in the area, including business owners, cannot praise Mr Lawlor enough for the work he does.
Mr Lawlor picks up litter and cleans the town every day voluntarily in his own time. He often goes out in the early hours of the morning before businesses open to clean up after people the night before.
In order to show their gratitude, a Credit Union account was set up for members of the public to donate what they could to give back to Mr Lawlor. The idea came from a young man Dominic Doody.
Manager of the Credit Union, Michael McEvoy recently handed a cheque to Terence on behalf of the People of Portarlington and surrounding areas who donated.
The whole collection was organised through the People of Port Facebook page which is used to connect and inform the community.
A post written on the page stated that Mr Lawlor was delighted with the gift from the community.
“Michael McEvoy manager of the Credit Union handed over a cheque to Terry Lawlor on behalf of the people in Port and surrounding areas who kindly donated recently to acknowledge the work Terry carries out on our behalf every day.
“It wasn't a fortune but should allow him to spend a few days away if he wishes. Michael McEvoy as requested did not mention any names at all to Terry, except that people wanted to thank him.
“Michael has told me that to say Terry was thrilled was an understatement. Terry asked Michael to thank everyone and that he can't believe people thought so much of him! So from a post by a young man (Dominic Doody) to now where Terry knows how much we care for him, isn't it great! Thank you to everyone who supported our drive to give back a little to Terry,” it stated.
A 'Terry Lawlor Appreciation Night' is being organised for April in order to add to these funds.
The community want to get enough money together to send Mr Lawlor to a soccer match in Manchester.
The appreciation night will be held in April, a date is yet to be confirmed. It will be a mix of a quiz/race night followed by Peter McEvoy disco.
Harry Murphy shared the plans for the night on Facebook.
"We are looking at selling tickets for €5 which will enter you for draw on night. The plan is to have Terry and family present to publicly show our gratitude for all he does for community. It is hoped to send Terry to game in Manchester and provide meal vouchers and Menswear vouchers etc.," he said.
In October 2017, Mr Lawlor was issued with a dog fouling fine despite the fact that he cleans the streets every day.
After huge community outrage, the fine was dropped.