Cllr Liam Galvin
Liam was born to Jimmy and Betty Galvin on 17th August 1976 and was reared on the family dairy farm in Ballaugh, Abbeyfeale. He attended St. Mary’s Boys N.S. and Abbeyfeale Vocational School while developing a keen interest in both farming and politics. His family is steeped in Fine Gael and his father Jimmy has been a party activist for many years, as well as being involved in numerous successful election campaigns. Kostal Ireland GmbH was Liam’s first place of employment and he worked there for 11 years while continuing to help out at home, seeing the farm move with the times and like many other local farms change focus from dairy to beef. His spare time was spent playing football and he captained Fr. Casey’s to their historic Senior County Championship title in 2000. Following his retirement from the playing fields he went on to become Chairman of Fr. Casey’s GAA. He was first elected to Limerick County Council in 2004 and quickly became accustomed to the cut and thrust of the Council Chamber. Having made many friends and spent many happy years in Kostal, Liam made the decision to leave and step into the world of business. He went into partnership in O’Sullivan’s Bar, a busy bar and restaurant in Abbeyfeale, which for 4 years he successfully co-owned and managed. He was re-elected to Limerick County Council in 2009 and 2014, and with his appetite for both industry and business sated he made the decision to divide his time between farming and politics. Liam is married to Caitríona and lives in his native Abbeyfeale, farming in Ballaugh. Over the 10 years that Liam has spent in the Council many of the issues affecting local people have changed while many others have remained the same. Employment, or the lack of it, is a huge issue in the locality as is the expense of and difficulty in acquiring planning for one-off housing in rural areas. Having been involved in farming all his life, Liam is acutely aware of the many challenges facing farmers, especially those farmers in disadvantaged areas. Facilities for young people have always been high on Liam’s priority list. Having spent so many years working voluntarily in the GAA and having kept up his link with the Association, he is well aware of the importance of sport and other recreational activities.