Battle for Kickhams lost

A book about the financial trauma that had hit his family firm, written by Clonmel businessman George Mordaunt, was launched. The book “Shepherd’s Pie”, a very personal account of his family’s business affairs, tells how George took control from his father, and the expansion, financial crisis and recovery that followed. He hoped the main message from his book would be that there was help available for those in financial trouble.

A book about the financial trauma that had hit his family firm, written by Clonmel businessman George Mordaunt, was launched. The book “Shepherd’s Pie”, a very personal account of his family’s business affairs, tells how George took control from his father, and the expansion, financial crisis and recovery that followed. He hoped the main message from his book would be that there was help available for those in financial trouble.

Renewed calls from former workers were made to finish off the transformation of Tipperary town’s former workhouse into a tourist hostel in view of an estimated E4 million in taxpayers money and public donations already invested in the project. Renovations to the project had been carried out over a ten year period stalled in May 2010.

Galbally native Breeda Christie was accorded a civic reception by Tippeary Town Council in honour of a lifetime of service given to athletics in Tipperary,

South Tipperary County Council served a dangerous structures notice on 18 people associated with the Caiseal na Ri housing estate in Cashel where a boundary wall had collapsed weeks earlier. At the November meeting of the Council it stated that the residents of the estate “don’t feel safe letting their kids out on the street.”

Health Minister James Reilly gave the clearest indication yet that he is not prepared to stand over a clearout of acute hospital services at South Tipperary General Hospital. In a reassuring statement, Minister Reilly said he had no plans to remove services from the hospital.

Cashel’s St. Patrick’s Hospital was given an “absolute, complete and comprehensive assurance” that bed closures were not permanent. The message was relayed to the local county councillors by Deputy Manager of the HSE, in the South East and Southern Area, Anne Marie Lanigan. Paul Curran became the second Mullinahone All-Star to walk up the aisle in 2011 when he married Tracey Lonergan on Friday, November 4. Three days later he lined out for his club in a county intermediate football final against Emly, which the Kickhams won.

Indeed it was a double delight weekend all round for Mullinahone when their minor hurlers captured the parish’s first-ever county title at that grade when they defeated Eire Og of Nenagh.

No joy for Moyle Rovers though in the county senior football decider. The Powerstown/Lisronagh side lost out to North division combination team Thomas MacDonaghs.

The battle to save Kickham Barracks in Clonmel was finally lost in November with the Government’s announcement that the 350-year-old army base was to close by mid March 2012. The decision was greeted with universal condemnation from every section of society in South Tipperary, especially by the Army Wives and Partners Committee.

Carrick-on-Suir Motor Club member Craig Breen scooped a whopping E500,000 scholarship to invest in his rally racing career when he won the FIA World Rally Championship Academy title. The 21-year-old from Waterford captured the title with success at the Wales Rally Great Britain. The people of Cappawhite issued a “hands-off” warning to government about the future of their local garda station. There were concerns in the community that the station would close following the retirement of the local garda which took place in June.arrick-on-Suir native and retired editor of the ‘Irish Times’, Geraldine Kennedy was accorded a mayoral reception by the town’s mayor, Cllr. Patsy Fitzgerald on November 19.

In Cashel two dedicated Motor Neurone Disease support organisations were presented with cheques totalling E78,000 thanks to the fundraising efforts of the people of the Cashel area. The main fundraising event was a six-day golf classic held in Dundrum in August and a Benefit Dance Night. Dualla Ploughing Association kindly donated E8,000.

A good news story from Cahir was the re-opening of the Day Care Centre which had been badly damaged by fire in June. Centre manager Lil Davis made presentations to Cahir Fire Brigade who saved the building and also to local taxi driver, Kevin Maguire, who had raised the alarm.

A sporting turn-up for the books and with it a piece of history occurred in the county junior hurling ‘A’ championship final when Rockwell Rovers were victorious. The New Inn side defeated Thurles Sarsfields by 1-14 to 0-13 to capture the club’s first-ever adult county hurling title.