Malachy McSparran RIP

15 12 2011

SDLP Leader Alasdair McDonnell MP MLA has, along with party representatives from North Antrim, led tributes to former Moyle Council Chairman Malachy McSparran, who died on Tuesday 13th Decemeber.

Dr McDonnell said: “Malachy was not only a towering figure in the Glens and a much-admired politician, he was a dear friend.
“His contribution to the party and Moyle Council, but most importantly to his community and his family, cannot be overstated and he will be much missed.

“To Brigid, John, Donal, Paul, Brendan, Patrick, Anne and all the extended family, I extend the thoughts and prayers of myself and my family and the SDLP as a whole.”

Former MLA, Sean Farren also said that Malachy McSparran had been a staunch supporter of SDLP principles since the party’s inception, deploring violence believing that partnership between our communities was the only way forward.

Dr Farren said ‘Malachy served for several terms as an SDLP member and Chair of Moyle District Council. He firmly believed in developing cross-party and cross-community partnerships within and beyond the council.

“Malachy worked tirelessly to promote Moyle District and especially his own beloved Glens. Like few others he knew and loved the Glens, its history, its games, its folklore, its customs and traditions and he has left a fine legacy of writings covering all of those aspects of Glens life.
“On a personal level Malachy McSparran was a great support to me as a public representative in North Antrim. I was very proud to call him my friend. To his wife Brigid and family I offer my deepest condolences.”
Councillor Catherine McCambridge, who succeeded Malachy as representative of the Glens on Moyle Council said that Malachy McSparran had been an excellent role-model.
She said: ‘Malachy served the people of the Glens one-hundred per cent. As Chair of the Council he guided its business with a steady hand and won considerable admiration from all sides. The Glens are the poorer for his passing.”

Ballymena Councillor and former North Antrim MLA Declan O’Loan said: “I had a great liking and regard for Malachy McSparran. He was an outstanding person. He was totally immersed in the life and history of the Glens and was a fine public representative. He will be much missed but fondly remembered.”