142 jobs go as JRE closes

A campaign to save Kickham Barracks in Clonmel from closure was launched by worried soldiers’ families with a call for a public meeting. This followed news that a Cabinet meeting had discussed the possibility of closing four army barracks throughout the country.

A campaign to save Kickham Barracks in Clonmel from closure was launched by worried soldiers’ families with a call for a public meeting. This followed news that a Cabinet meeting had discussed the possibility of closing four army barracks throughout the country.

The old Labour Exchange at Dillon Street, Clonmel, after lying idle for many years, was official opened as a new adult learning centre. Over 400 adult learners were already benefiting from the excellent service provided by South Tipp VEC.

Michael Boland from Elm Park, Clonmel, became Tipperary Grandparent of the Year, after a heart-warming tribute written by his 13 year-old grandchild, Shauna Power. Shauna outlined how her grandad was an inspiration to her with his bravery in dealing with cancer. “Any time I have small worries, I think of my grandad and what he has been through and how courageous he is.”

People living in the Ballinalard, Clonpet and Brensha areas outside of Tipperary Town were horrified to find black globules and black specks in their home water supply. South Tipperary County Council quickly moved to shut down the supply after traces of tar were discovered, advising people not to use the tap water until further notice. The supply had been contaminated with roadside material/tarry substances.

Clonmel-based company, JRE Electrical Contractors, announced its closure with the loss of 142 jobs. The company, reportedly affected by bad debts in the UK, had gone into voluntary receivership.

In Carrick-on-Suir a plaque was unveiled at the Swan GAA Club in honour of the late Paddy Boland who had served as the club’s secretary for more than 40 years. GAA President Christy Cooney in unveiling the plaque spoke in glowing terms of the lifelone service Paddy had given to the Association.

To mark its 175th year in existence Carrick-on-Suir Town Council began a month of celebrations with a Mass and a special council meeting on October 12.

In Cashel the centenary of the Girl Guides in Ireland was marked by the Town Council with the honour of a civic reception. The local Lady Birds and Brownies, along with Mary Roche, District Commissioner of I.G.G., were welcomed to the historic chamber by Mayor of Cashel, Cllr. Maribel Wood.

A daring daylight robbery at Holy Cross Abbey, ended in the removal by masked thieves of a relic of the true cross of Jesus Christ. The relic in question had been attracting pilgrims to the Abbey since the 12th century. Archbishop Dermot Clifford that the Abbey would never be the same unless the relic was returned.

An interim examiner was appointed Mr Binman, a waste collection and recycling company, employing more than 100 people in South Tipperary.

Work was continuing in Tipperary Town on the construction of the new E20 million government offices complex at Rosanna Road. The sight of a crane towering over the building and a construction site teeming with workers was remarked as being a welcome sight in these post Celtic Tiger days. The offices will open next year.

Judge Olive Buttimer retired from the bench of the South East after 14 years of dispensing justice. At Clonmel Court glowing tributes were paid to her on her last day on the circuit.

Drom/Inch GAA Club became county senior hurling champions for the first time with a 1-19 to 2-14 victory at Semple Stadium over Clonoulty/Rossmore. Having lost three finals in recent years the Mid Tipperary side finally reached the holy grail of Tipperary hurling.

A new supermarket development for the former Dairygold site in Cahir received the green light from An Bord Pleanala with speculation that the anchor tenant would be Tesco. The shopping centre will consist of an anchor store, three small retail units, a service yard and 248 car parking spaces.

Caredoc confirmed that due to funding cutbacks it was cutting one of the two drivers based in the Clonmel Caredoc area who transport GPs to house calls. The cutback was due to come in to effect from November 1.

Young Michael O’Loughlin, a 14-year-old cyclist from Carrick-on-Suir, received great news when he was informed that he had been selected for the Cycling Ireland Talent Team 2020.