Almost 800 years of local government in Cashel were brought to an end last Friday when Cashel Town Council held its final meeting.
The town will be amalgamated with Tipperary in a new electoral area, which will have its district headquarters in Tipperary town.
The final Council meeting in Cashel was a nostalgic and even poignant occasion, with many former members and staff returning to give the Council a fitting send-off.
Mayor Joe Moloney said he hoped the new municipal district would work out and that Cashel wouldn’t be forgotten about. He thought the decision to abolish the town councils was a wrong one and to add insult to injury the town’s civic offices were closing, which was “a major blow to Cashel”.
“Between 20,000 and 25,000 people did transactions in this building in the last 12 months alone”, he said, adding that the spin-off resulting from this business would mean a loss of revenue to the town.
Cllr. Sean McCarthy, the longest-serving member who was first elected in 1979, described the decision to abolish the councils as one made “in total lunacy, and a monumental error”.
Manager Sean Keating said that Cashel had a very long history of self-governance stretching back centuries and it had been a great privilege to serve as manager for even a very limited part of that heritage.
He praised the staff and members, describing their dedication to the town as exemplary and something of which they could be justifiably proud.
Mr. Keating said the town was in very good hands with the staff employed in the new municipal district.
Town Clerk Marie McGivern, the first and last female town clerk in Cashel, said it was an honour and privilege to work with the members and staff for the past six years. It never ceased to amaze her the way the members represented the people of the town at all times.
She was confident that Cashel would be in a better position as part of a stronger and more cohesive local government.