Our first issue in June recorded a devastating fire which ripped through the Day Care Centre in Cahir leaving the town and surrounding area in shock. Fortunately the structural damage to the centre was confined to the kitchen and toilet area, but it would nonetheless result in the centre’s closure for several weeks.
Another milestone in the Wood political dynasty was recorded in Cashel when Cllr. Maribel Wood was elected Mayor of Cashel. Maribel, who is originally from Spain, is married to three-times Mayor Cllr. Tom Wood.
Carrick-on-Suir Town Council accorded a civic reception to Senator Denis Landy, the first person from the town to be elected to Seanad Eireann.
Banna Chluain Meala celebrated 40 greats years of making music and friends with a series of events in the past year the first of which was a photographic exhibition in June. Founded in 1971 the band had passed approximately 2,000 young boys and girls through its hands over the four decades.
Also in the past year Clonmel Golf Club celebrated the centenary of its founding in 1911. Many special events were planned for 2011 and the club was also honoured to host the gents Munster Senior, Junior and Barton Shield Cup finals in August.
On the soccer scene St. Michael’s captured the Tipperary Cup once again with a 1-0 win over Clonmel Celtic with Pat Quinn proving mighty man. And Carrick United recorded an historic Munster Senior Cup final victory on a similar scoreline aganst Limerick FC with Glen Keane scoring the only goal of the game.
Inspirational human rights activist Dr. Sima Sumar was presented with the Tipperary International Peace Prize in June and she dedicated the honour to the thousands of Afghanistan women who could not raise their voices for justice.
The excellent Tipperary Town venue that is the Excel Heritage Centre celebrated its 10th anniversary this past year and glowing tributes were paid in our June 9 edition to the Centre and the work its does in Tipperary Town and way beyond.
Carrick-on-Suir native Sr. Vincent Power, originally from Lough Street (now Kickham Street) but now living in France with her religious community, celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday, May 30. A group of cousins travelled to Le Dorat in France to mark the special occasion.
The same week’s issue recorded the death of Margaret Carter (nee O’Dwyer) from Carrick-on-Suir, who had died in England at the grand old age of 108 years. She had emigrated from Carrick in 1920. At the time of her death she was the oldest Irish person in the world.
A special presentation was made to ‘The Nationalist’ columnist Margaret Rossiter, in recognition of her sterling service as a local historian, at a Mayoral reception for the Clonmel Historical and Archaeological Society. Mayor Siobhan Ambrose thanked Mrs. Rossiter for her contribution to local history and in particular for passing on so much of her research to others.
Cashel was shocked with the announcement in June that the Cordis plant was to close. A high level campaign was being put in motion to persuade the owners, Johnson and Johnson, to start manufacturing another of its medical products at the site in a bid to save some of the more than 200 jobs.
Adi Roche, internationally recognised peace campaigner and Clonmel native, was accorded a civic reception by Clonmel Borough Council. The founder of the Children’s Chernobyl Project International, said she was “delighted and deeply moved by this incredible civic reception in my native town of Cluain Meala.”
The sporting and wider community of Clonmel was in shock following the sudden death of renowned swimming coach, Liam Clooney (June 18). Many tributes were paid to an nationally and internationally respected coach, who in the week before he died was chosen as one of the top ten coaches in Ireland who were to pilot a new swim coaching programme.
The Sixth Class boys from The Monastery School in Tipperary were lauded at the formal launch of a DVD on “The War of Independent in South Tipperary”. The boys had produced a 20-minute long film, hailed as an extraordinary achievement by guest of honour and well-known historian Des Marnane. In his opinion the accuracy and detail in event, character and location was remarkable.