Willie Callaghan was born in 1962, the son of Bill Callaghan (himself a Naas Urban Councillor for 38 years) – the Callaghan’s are one of the oldest Naas families, roots in the town stretching back to at least the late 18th century and perhaps beyond. The Callaghan family lived at the time in Our Lady’s Place, Willie attending school in Naas CBS. He married local girl Kay Birchall and they lived and raised their family in Naas.
Willie was first elected as a Naas Town Fianna Fail Councillor in 1988 and held his seat on the Town Council until its abolition earlier this year. He served as Chairperson of The Council in 1994 and again in 2001/02 when he had the honour to be the last Chairperson and the first Mayor he was again elected Mayor in 2012. Willie was a great believer in the importance of a close relationship between those elected to public office and those whom they serve, and was accordingly a strong opponent of the abolition of Town Councils across Ireland.