May 23, 2024

Frosses man Tim Kelly is about to be the subsequent recipient of Donegal’s highest honour – the Freedom of the County.

Mr Kelly, chairman of the Kelly Group, has been on the fore of the telecommunications trade for nearly 4 many years. It presently employs round 3,500 folks.

Mr Kelly was awarded Freedom of the Metropolis of London final summer season in honour of his steady help and long-standing enterprise operations throughout the metropolis and his notable charitable work.

Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Martin Harley determined that, in his 12 months as Mayor, he would award Tim the liberty of his dwelling county.

“We at all times speak about Diaspora and Tim has carried out so much, he has employed a number of Irish folks and Donegal folks going over to London,” Cllr Harley stated.

The ceremony is anticipated to happen in October or November this 12 months.

Mr Kelly made the headlines in July 2022 when he grew to become a ‘Freeman’ of London. With that, he gained the traditional proper to drive sheep toll-free throughout London Bridge.

Picture: Kelly Group

Born in Frosses, Tim Kelly left faculty on the age of 16 and emigrated two years later. He labored in accommodations and development earlier than organising his personal enterprise within the Nineteen Eighties. 

When the UK began awarding its first cable franchises in 1984, Tim recognised a chance. With a number of years cable trade expertise beneath his belt, having labored for his brothers Aidan and Neil in Dublin, Tim, alongside together with his brother Bernard based Kelly Brothers in London in 1985. Their very first set up was in New Addington, London, on the seventeenth of September 1985 for Croydon Cable. From 1990 the corporate then grew to become often called Kelly Communications Ltd and was joined just a few years later by Tim’s sister Fiona and brother Declan as group administrators.

Mr Kelly has lived in London for greater than 50 years.

Different recipients of the Freedom of County Donegal embody Paul McGinley, Phil Coulter, Daniel O’Donnell, Patsy McGonagle, Shay Given, Packie Bonner, twenty eighth Infantry Battalion, Anthony Molloy, Seamus Coleman and Danny McDaid.


Freedom of Donegal to be awarded to businessman Tim Kelly was final modified: July twenty fifth, 2023 by Rachel McLaughlin