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Hopes for Clonmel Town Hall to remain a focal point

A special meeting will take place on May 6, to formally acknowledge ‘the end of 800 years’ of history in the town’, according to Clonmel’s last ever mayor.

The meeting will take place directly after the final monthly meeting of the council’s term, before the local elections on May 24.

It will be attended by former mayors and councillors and special guests.

A marble plaque will be erected in the foyer of the historic Town Hall, which will record all the names of the councillors and officials who served on the council from 2009 - 2014.

The plaque will join the large family of photographs and portraits of former mayors, and other historical items, that adorn the walls of the building.

And one of the last wishes of this last council, is for the Town Hall to remain a focal point for residents of, and visitors to Clonmel, as it has always been.

The fate of the Town Hall, and all its history incuding the mayor’s chains, councillors robes, furniture, other plaques, two Charters dating from 1640 and 1690, and a range of various memorabilia, has been a concern. Suggestions of moving everything to the county museum were mooted in the past, but at a recent meeting councillors decided that everything should remain unchanged, fearful that the Town Hall would then be closed and forgotten about.

While the decision about where the incoming Clonmel and Cahir Municipal District Council will hold their meetings, lies with that elected body, the current council are hopeful that the Town Hall will feature. Either way, they are still eager for the building to continue its cultural and integral role in the town’s history.

“It is heartbreaking but it is our duty to ensure that what is there is retained for future generations,” said Mayor Pat English.

“We are looking to hold onto the culture and history of our town, otherwise there will be no focal point for anyone coming to Clonmel.”

He said last year, he met five families visiting from Australia, America and England who all had some connections with the Town Hall, and were delighted to be able to visit it.

“We have made our wish and have put it in writing [for the incoming District Council], but the decision will lie with them, but we hope that common sense will prevail,” he said. Retainingthe Town Hall was also important in maintaining rekationships with Clonmel’s twinned towns.

 

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