The last Irish Nationwide branch in the country closed its doors yesterday (Tuesday May17th) with staff making the short journey to the other side of the street to the TSB.
The closure of the Main Street business also saw the retirement of manager David Dineen who has managed banks in the town since 1985.
“The closure of the office marks the end of an era in the town, its the closure of a business in a town located in a prominent position and thats a sad day for Tipperary,” said the retiring bank manager.
A native of Ballylanders David is retiring after working as a manager in the TSB, Bank of Ireland and the Irish Nationwide in Tipperary Town.
His banking career started in 1969 when he joined BOI and worked in the Walkinstown branch in Dublin.He worked as assistant manager in BOI in Mallow before being appointed to assistant manager in tipperaryTown with BOI in 1985.When the Irish Permanent opened its branch in Tipp Town later than year he was appointed manager and this branch later became Irish Permanent/TSB.
He left in 2001 and became manager of the Irish Nationwide in Tipp Town.
David said that Tipperry was a good town to work in even though it had suffered hard times over the years.He particularly remembers the impact that the closure of Tambrands had on the town and the devastating loss of so many jobs in the town.
“They were very difficult times in Tipperary and now today we are experiencing the same with the closure of Pall and the town is suffering at the moment,” he said.
David believes that the presence of the Department of Justice and the provision of new buildings to accommodate the decentralised jobs and new civic offices would be a great boost to the town.
A former Chamber of Commerce president David said that the secure jobs created by the decentralisation process would give vital stability to the town.
“The town has suffered a lot over the years with the closure of crucial industries so to get secure jobs for the town is a huge boost to everybody,” he said.
David said he enjoyed his banking career in the town and felt now was the right time to retire with the closure of the last Irish Nationwide branch in the county.
He expected the prominent building to be sold as part of the ‘orderly wind down’ of the business in due time.
“I dont know how long that process is going to take but at the moment its going to leave another black hole in the main street, which is a sign of the times we live in at the moment,” said David.
David is a keen GAA fan which is understandable given his family history.He is a grand nephew of Frank Dineen who purchased the site of Croke Park with the proceeds of the sale of the family pub in Ballylanders before selling it on to the GAA in later years.
“Hill 16 is calleld after him and he was a former President and General Secretary of the GAA,” said David.
David , who is married to Maureen who hails from Donaskeigh and they have a family of three boys FRank,David andEamon and one daughter Fiona, is looking forward to his retirement after an enjoyable twenty six years working in a number of banking institutions in the town.