Campaign to have name of invisible town restored to road signs

Aileen Hahesy

Aileen Hahesy

Clonmel has become the invisible town, left off key NRA road signs outside major cities and motorways, and a campaign has begun to get the town’s name restored.

Clonmel Borough Council has been directed by its elected members to write to the NRA (National Roads Authority) highlighting the absence of Clonmel on its road signs for motorists leaving Limerick, Waterford and Dublin.

A motion, tabled by Fianna Fail’s Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose, was unanimously passed at the Borough Council’s October meeting requesting the local authority to meet with representatives of the NRA to discuss the issue and get Clonmel re-instated on national road signs.

She said Clonmel has a population of more than 18,000 people and is Tipperary’s primary county town with good industries, retail, amenities, schools, college and festivals. But it’s being forgotten about by the NRA.

“In recent years most of the National Road signs have been changed but unfortunately, as I see it, this has been to the detriment of Clonmel as the name Clonmel has been removed from the new signage,” Cllr Ambrose complained. “Clonmel has so much to offer but how can we expect tourists and people from outside of the town to find us when there is no signage for Clonmel.

Clonmel without proper national signage is in my opinion almost akin to the children’s story Alice’s Secret Garden - an enchanting place if you can find it.”

Some of the most blatant omission of Clonmel’s names from signs are outside the two major cities closest to the town.

Cllr. Ambrose said the first sign motorists met when they left Waterford before the city’s bypass was built used to include the name Clonmel but now you have to follow the sign for Limerick to get onto the road to Clonmel.

The same was the case in Limerick, Cllr Ambrose continued. The first sign used to include Clonmel but now you have to follow the sign for Dublin in order to get to Clonmel.

Cllr. Ambrose said Clonmel should also be included on the M50 signs. It should be listed on the same sign as the sign for Carlow/Kilkenny/Waterford and also on the M50 sign for the turn-off at Cashel, she added.