The green light for the sale of the former Kickham Barracks site to Tipperary County Council is a huge boost for Clonmel.
Since the shock closure of the barracks, there have been concerns about the future of the site and whether it would become derelict like other barracks around the country.
Not only will that not happen now but the site is set to become a major cultural hub for the town.
In a major investment at one of the prime locations in Clonmel, the site is set to house new divisional garda headquarters on the Dillon Street side, Education and Training Board (formerly VEC) offices and an LIT Tipperary campus for the creation of a multi media hub.
Also planned is a a cultural quarter, a civic area to hold celebrations and public events and a theatre/performance facility.
These are all hugely important facilities for the town in a prime town centre location. Senior County Council management outlined the benefits from the proposal this week and compared its likely impact to the purchase of the strategic Ballingarrane site by the council thirteen years ago.
The loss of Kickhams Barracks was a huge blow to the town but this announcement will go a considerble way to make up for that disappointment