Devastation as Pall announces closure

At the Fianna Fail General Election selection convention held in Cashel, Minister of State Martin Mansergh was selected as the party’s sole candidate. Three other candidates who had their names before convention withdrew; they were Clonmel’s Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose, Cahir’s Andy Moloney and John William McCarthy from Cashel.

At the Fianna Fail General Election selection convention held in Cashel, Minister of State Martin Mansergh was selected as the party’s sole candidate. Three other candidates who had their names before convention withdrew; they were Clonmel’s Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose, Cahir’s Andy Moloney and John William McCarthy from Cashel.

Elsewhere Fianna Fail lost another leading figure in South Tipperary when County Council and Borough Council member, Richie Molloy resigned and actively began campaigning on behalf of Deputy Mattie McGrath.

Audra Cotter, a community based drugs worker, in Clonmel, in an interview with the paper, said that “heroin has become a problem in the town in recent years but alcohol and cannabis are still very much to the fore. Alcohol is the most dominant addiction issue presenting in Clonmel” she said. The story outlined that 32 families in Clonmel were engaged with the family support services offered by the Clonmel Community based Drugs Initiative.

The three-day National Coursing Festival kicked off in Clonmel and there was a double success on the Monday. Heavy overnight frost didn’t unduly upset the programme but more importantly the recession didn’t seem to impact on the crowds attending.

“Devastation” roared our front page headline on February 10, with the announcement that Pall Ireland’s manufacturing facility in Tipperary Town was to close in May. The factory which arrived in 1996 as a replacement for Tambrands would see 94 people lose their jobs, edging the number on the live register in Tipperary towards 2,000.

In Clonmel it was announced that South Tipperary General Hospital was in line to become one of the first hospitals in Ireland to offer screening of colon cancer when the scheme would be established in 2012. The HSE announced that STGH was one of 15 ‘candidate’ colonoscopy units selected.

Marlfield man and long-time GAA administrator Con Hogan surprisingly withdrew his name from the race to become the next GAA president. Con was hoping to become the first Tipperary man since Seamus O Riain in 1967 to hold the office.

Cashel Lions Club, under the presidency of Seamus King, celebrated their 50th year with a gala dinner in the Cashel Palace Hotel. The club was chartered on January 23, 1961 when its first president was Surgeon Tim Noonan.

On what was reported as a sad day for the village of Clerihan, the local community was stunned by the sudden closure of the village supermarket. The Centra store, which had been running for four years, closed its doors with the loss of 12 jobs.

Tipperary hurling captain Eoin Kelly met his life’s match in beautiful bride Sarah Maher when the couple tied the knot in Ballingarry on Friday, February 11.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny visited Clonmel and spoke to an enthusiastic crowd from the steps of Hearn’s Hotel, where he was introduced to the crowd as “the next Taoiseach of Ireland” by Deputy Tom Hayes.

Tipperary got their National Hurling League campaign up an running at a floodlit Semple Stadium with an eagerly-awaited repeat of the previous year’s All-Ireland final against Kilkenny. The result on this occasion however favoured The Cats who ran out 1-17 to 1-10 victors.

A Clonmel couple visiting their daughter in far-off Christchurch, New Zealand, were caught up in the horror of the massive earthquake in February. Fortunately no harm came to Pierce and Maureen Purcell who were staying with their daughter Rachel at the time. Maureen had a lucky escape though, being only a short distance from the city’s famous Cathedral when earthquake struck.

‘The Nationalist’ photographer John D. Kelly, landed the most prestigious AIB IPPA award in sports photography in Ireland for a portfolio of his work in 2010. John was honoured at an awards ceremony held in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin.

In Carrick-on-Suir 60 brave volunteers shed their locks or dyed them and in the process raised E10,000 for the Irish Cancer Society’s coffers. The well-supported ‘Shave or Dye’ marathon fundraiser took place in Maggie Dunne’s Bar in Carrickbeg.

“The Nationalist” Awards were presented for the 33rd time at a South Tipp GAA Board function in Hotel Minella on February 26. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) and Benny Hickey (Cahir) were Hurler and Footballer of the Year respectively. The Hall of Fame - Hurler of the Past Award went to Carrick Davins’ Ralph O’Callaghan.