Michael James Lawler, well known Hawk Security
officer, was born across the bridge in Graiguecullen in 1947 and
although still a loyal supporter of Laois football he is now Carlow’s
Mick is the second person to hold non-political
office (a fund rising affair for local charities which was invented a
few years ago in Kilcullen, Co. Kildare).
In the election period the Hawk-man collected
£3,425.76 which was shared out between – St. Lazarian’s School, Irish
Wheelchair Association, Holy Angels and the Order of Malta.
The Graiguecullen lad did not have an easy contest
and was pushed all the way by another Braun employee Leigh Shaw (QC) who
collected over £3,000.00. It was only by a last minute “swing to the
centre” that he collected those last minute £1 votes.
Our new Lord Mayor comes from a family of four –
girls Rose and Bridget and a brother Jack. All including Mick are
married and a future “Lord Mayor” Michael Junior was born February 18 –
(incidentally that was the day of the General Election). However, Mick
stressed that as far as he knew, no impersonation took place in his
election – but he didn’t mind if people bought a hundered votes.
Already one well known political party have been
“feeling” their way with Mick but he wont admit whether they have
“failed” or not yet.
He denied that he had made a deal with the
Independents but said he hoped to style himself on Chicago’s Mayor Daisy
Mick has been involved with many clubs and
organisations in his lifetime. He was a founder member of the Youth
Centre Band and a prominent member of the Graiguecullen G.A.A. Club.
Graiguecullen Badminton Club and even took part in the Carlow County
Cycling Championship in 1966. Before joining Hawk Security M.J. spent
five years in the Army in the Cavalry Corps and believe it or not was a
special driver (say no more). Before this he worked with Cold Rolling
Mills, and the Leix Dairy.
Since his election Mick has been busy attending
various functions around Carlow and like most Lord Mayors he is showing
an expanding waist line. However, he has plans to drop this image and
lose weight for some charity by having a sponsored weigh in starting in
September after he returns frm his trip to London (prize for winning the
Election). Mick expressed his gratitude for the generous support given
to himself and Leigh Shaw from all the Braun employees.
Source: His daughter Sarah
Lawler. Carlow and The Nationalist - 1985.
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