Cllr. Paul Daly

I was born in 1965 the eldest son of native Kilbeggan parents Sean and Mary Daly. I began my education at my local primary school of Kilbeggan and then moved onto Secondary School in Kilbeggan also, where I would later return as a teacher. From Kilbeggan I went to continue my studies in Thomond College, which is now the University of Limerick. There I got my honours degree in a Bachelor of Technology in Education.With this I was able to come back to Kilbeggan and tutor for FAS courses and also teach in my Alma Mater until 1995. It was then when I left to become manager of Midland Cladding and Steel services where I still am until this day. Because of my farming background, I couldn’t but have an interest and so I kept up the tradition and I am now a part time breeder of pure bred Angus Cattle. I am also Chairman of the Westmeath Ploughing Committee having taken part in Local and National Ploughing Championships and having won an All Ireland Ploughing title in 1990. I have been involved in politics for a long time culminating in me being co-opted to Westmeath County Council after the death of my good friend, the late County Councillor Tom Cowley. I was then re-elected in the 2009 local election.
Locally I am involved in numerous committees including Kilbeggan Shamrock’s GAA Club where I am the current Vice Chairman, Westmeath GAA also plays a big part in my voluntary work as I am Chairman of the Westmeath Footballer’s Supporters Club. I am also a member of Castletown Geoghegan Hurling Club. Another sport I have a great interest in is that of horse racing, and with horse racing playing a big role in our community it is a great honour for me to be Chairman of the Kilbeggan Race Committee. Since my election I have endeavoured to work for all people and communities in the area so as to improve the quality of life of all. I am also serve the local area as an acting Peace Commissioner.