Our tribute to Kickham Barracks and its personnel

Kickham Barracks closes its doors this month following over three centuries of service and commitment to the people of Clonmel, Tipperary and Ireland. Its proud history will be forever etched in the minds of those who served there, their descendants and the people of Clonmel.

Kickham Barracks closes its doors this month following over three centuries of service and commitment to the people of Clonmel, Tipperary and Ireland. Its proud history will be forever etched in the minds of those who served there, their descendants and the people of Clonmel.

In this special souvenir supplement we look back at some of the milestones through some wonderful photographs submitted to us. We also talk to some of those closely linked to the barracks over many years.

It is not a comprehensive history of Kickham Barracks, just a shapshot in time that gives a flavour of what the barracks stood for - its contribution to the people of Clonmel, to the Irish state and to people in many of the world’s trouble spots where soldiers served with distinction as peacekeepers.

The barracks will hold a special place in the hearts and minds of Clonmel people for years and decades to come. We hope this commemorative tribute will help to preserve those memories.

We would like to thank all those who submitted photographs, including ex-servicemen and serving soldiers. Thanks also to photographers John D Kelly, Donal Wylde and Jonathan Ryan for supplying great images. Because of restriction on space we were unable to use every photograph submitted but we thank those who went to the trouble of contacting us.

We have named people in photographs where we can but unfortunately over the passage of time captions are missing and some shots appear without names.

However we don’t think this will detract from the power of the photographs.

We hope you enjoy this souvenir supplement. We are proud to be associated with the tributes to Kickham Barracks and its personnel over so many years and thank everyone involved for the service to the town and its people.

Michael Heverin

Editor