A new cafe run by Post 24 Irish UN Veterans Association (IUNVA) volunteers, opened in Clonmel last week.
The Blue Beret Cafe was officially opened by junior transport minister Alan Kelly, at the Clonmel bus station, providing refreshments for people of and visitors to the town, but also much-needed public toilet facilities.
The primary role of IUNVA is in providing support, advice and counselling to members and their families who have been affected by their overseas service.
The association has had a presence at the Clonmel Station since 2004, where they have space to hold meetings and organise lectures, social and cultural activities.
The Blue Beret Café is a new venture for the association. Minister Kelly said IUNVA had turned created a terrific local facility which will serve the people of Clonmel and transport users alike.
“Their dedication and commitment to this project has been second-to-none and they deserve tremendous credit for their willingness to work for their own community here in Clonmel. It is an example to us all,” he said.
CIE and local management were praised for their support. Cafe opening times: 7.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Saturday.