Double boost for Clonmel with Kickham Barracks and Technology Park news

There was good news for Clonmel this week in relation to the future of both the former Kickham Barracks site and the Ballingarrane site on the western fringes of the town.

There was good news for Clonmel this week in relation to the future of both the former Kickham Barracks site and the Ballingarrane site on the western fringes of the town.

Both have been earmarked for developments that could prove hugely significant.

And it dispels any uncertainly over the sites that has prevailed for some time - there were concerns that the barracks site would remain idle and become an eyesore once the army moved out, and there were fears for the the future of the former Ballingarrane estate once it became apparent that the Tipperary Institute campus would not be moving there from its present location on the by-pass.

But at a South Tipperary County Council meeting on Monday it was revealed that the much anticipated business and technology park for Ballingarrane could come a step closer, with the go-ahead for a research and development project, with the full support of Limerick Institute of Technology which is now the parent body of TI. Work is expected to start this month.

Meanwhile the Council has got approval to hire town planners and consultants to prepare a blueprint for Kickham Barracks to prepare it for Garda HQ, educational facilities and a civic space. It is the first step towards a major regeneration and further good news.

Michael Heverin

Editor