Queen Elizabeth visits the Rock

Denis Landy’s election to Seanad Eireann was reported in our May 5 edition. The Labour Party member became the first-ever Carrick-on-Suir man elected to the Upper House of the Oireachtas. South Tipperary would have two representatives in the new Senate with long-time Fianna Fail Senator Labhras O Murchu from Cashel retaining his seat. However the election marked the end of the political career of Martin Mansergh.

Denis Landy’s election to Seanad Eireann was reported in our May 5 edition. The Labour Party member became the first-ever Carrick-on-Suir man elected to the Upper House of the Oireachtas. South Tipperary would have two representatives in the new Senate with long-time Fianna Fail Senator Labhras O Murchu from Cashel retaining his seat. However the election marked the end of the political career of Martin Mansergh.

Billy McEvoy, a native of Cork, was appointed as new county manager of South Tipperary County Council to replace Ned O’Connor.

Residents of Clonmel’s Carrigeen and Wilderness estate received the long-awaited news that a E2.2 million remedial scheme for local authority homes in the area had finally been given the go-ahead.

A glittering night of glamour took place in Carrick-on-Suir with a Pink Ribbon Ball. More than 120 guests donned evening gowns and tuxedos for the glittering function in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation breast cancer awareness charity.

In early May the Munster Junior Challenge Cup final took place at Ozier Park in Waterford between two County Tipperary. A single strike from Pa Quinn proved decisive for St. Michael’s to deny Carrick United’s effort to retain a trophy they had won the previous year.

Four popular bathing areas on the River Suir in South Tipperary were contaminated and unsafe to swim in, members of South Tipp County Council were informed at the May monthly meeting. The locations at Cahir, Ardfinnan, Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir had shown levels of E.Coli at double the permitted levels.

The Sinn Fein Mayor of Cashel, Councillor Michael Browne, went on record at the Town Council meeting in May that he welcomed the visit later that month of Queen Elizabeth II. This was in spite of a party directive stating that SF was opposed to the visit of the British monarch.

New Health Minister Dr. James Reilly visited South Tipp General Hospital on May 6 and in the wake of the visit Deputy Tom Hayes stated “I am very pleased to confirm that South Tipperary General Hospital’s future is assured and that the existing services are secured for the future.”

Glowing tributes were paid to County Manager Ned O’Connor on his retirement as County Manager of South Tipperary County Council. Minster of the Environment Phil Hogan was among the many to pay tribute to the retiring official.

The death of Bobby Power from Carrick-on-Suir at the age of 56 years brought great sadness to Carrick-on-Suir and the cycling community throughout Ireland. ‘The Captain’ as he was affectionately called by everybody within Carrick Wheelers was a cycling legend in the town and throughout Ireland.

Clonmel High School recorded an historic Rice Cup victory when the school’s hurlers defeated Midleton CBS by 3-9 to 2-5 in the provincial decider.

Four private housing estates in Carrick-on-Suir were “taken in charge” by the Town Council in May. Glenview, Tinvane, Deer Park Close and Tanner’s Gate would become the responsibility of the Town Council, the first phase of plans to take in charge all the private housing schemes in the town.

Clonmel Town clinched the Clonmel Credit Union Premier League title with a 1-0 win over arch-rivals St. Michael’s. The showdown at Cooke Park in Tipperary was decided by a single Micky Comerford goal.

The sun shone on Friday May 20 for the long-awaited state visit of Queen Elizabeth II to South Tipperary. The British monarch visited both Rock of Cashel and later, privately, Coolmore Stud near Fethard. Sinn Fein Mayor of Cashel, Michael Browne, welcomed the Queen to the Rock - the only Sinn Fein representative to meet her during her four-day visit to Ireland.

Just two days after the Queen’s visit, Cashel was stunned and saddened at the sudden death of Councillor Martin Browne, a former Mayor with 26 years unbroken service as a town councillor. He was 58 years old.

Tipperary senior footballers made their exit from the Munster championship when losing 2-16 to 0-11 to Kerry in Killarney.

In the FAI Junior Cup final it was heartbreak once more for St. Michael’s who lost out 2-1 to Pike Rovers of Limerick in the final. An injury-time goal saw the Tipperary Town side suffer their fourth final defeat in this competition in the past decade.