People of Clonmel say goodbye to Kickham Barracks

Huge crowds lined the streets of Clonmel on Monday afternoon to say a fond farewell to Kickham Barracks and its soldiers as the army base officially closes following a presence in the County Tipperary town for the past 350 years.

Huge crowds lined the streets of Clonmel on Monday afternoon to say a fond farewell to Kickham Barracks and its soldiers as the army base officially closes following a presence in the County Tipperary town for the past 350 years.

There were cheers and tears as the soldiers paraded through the town for the last time, led by the Army Band of the Southern Brigade - cheers for the soldiers as they marched proudly through the streets and tears as the realisation sunk in for many that this formal march-out would be the last to take place in the town.

After the Mayor of Clonmel, Cllr Darren Ryan took the final salute on the steps of the Town Hall, the parade made its way back to Kickham Barracks where the tricolour was ceremoniously lowered for the final time.

See The Nationalist on Wednesday for a full report and photographs.