Long wait over for Mullinahone as new water scheme begins

Fr. John McGrath P.P. blessing the new area waterworks scheme which commenced in Mullinahone on May 27.
Back in the early 1960s piped water came to the Mullinahone area.

Back in the early 1960s piped water came to the Mullinahone area.

The man in charge of the workers then who did the digging was now 83 year old Jimmy Brennan of Fethard Street, Mullinahone.

On Monday last, Jimmy was back on site as the upgrade to the Fethard Regional water supply finally got under way.

This upgrade has been sought for the last 20 years, but at last the dream has become a reality. Phase one of the scheme costing €2.6m has begun.

The starting of the scheme was blessed in Mullinoly by Fr. John McGrath P.P. Mullinahone who wished the works well.

Present on site were Dan Walsh, Senior Executive Engineer, South Tipperary and Tom McAuliffe, Executive Engineer.

Present also on behalf of the companies which will carry out the work over the next six months were Michael McNamara (Shareridge), Nigel Donnagher (Sierra) and Aidan McFadden (Ryan Hanly).

Michael McNamara who is from Achill is the man who will fill the shoes of Jimmy Brennan 50 years on.

Holding a watching brief was local Independent Councillor, Eddie O’Meara who has been at the forefront of this project since even before been elected to South Tipp County Council in 1999. Eddie stated that the starting of Phase 1 of the upgrading was one of his dreams come through.

Eddie himself remembers walking to primary school in Cloneen and seeing the workers putting down the pipes on the original scheme. Wear and tear and the resultant leaks and breaks have been a scourge to the people of Mullinahone, Cloneen, Drangan and Killenaule over the last two decades.

Hopefully, this is now at an end for the 500 or so householders who will be serviced by the new 18km in Phase 1 of the scheme and for the many more who will benefit from the other phases in the upgrades.