COSBA – Current News and Activities

COSBA – Current News and Activities

COSBA Newsletter Spring 2019

Public Realm Development plans for Sean Kelly Square and Westgate.

Please click here to access a copy of the proposed Public Realm Development plan for Sean Kelly Square and Westgate.

For planning notice, click here
The Council are arranging a public meeting with Atkins, the design company for a date to be confirmed in late Febuary.

It is important that anybody with any submissions make them in writing and address it to the Town Hall, before 14th March 2018.

To view and download map of proposed Development plan, click here , maps and plans are also on display in the local library.

If any member would like COSBA to seek clarification on any matters from the Council or Atkins, on your behalf please send via email to and we will do our best to get answers.


Carrick-on-Suir Arts Scene represents Tipperary County Council in the 2017 National Pride of Place Awards programme

Pride of Place 2017

Photographer: Joe Kenny – Fethard Tel: 086 8563894

The Carrick-on-Suir Strand Theatre/ Musical Society, The Brewery Lane Theatre & Arts Centre and the Tudor Artisan Hub were nominated by Tipperary County Council to represent Carrick on Suir as a Creative Place in the 2017 Pride of Place Awards programme – which is an all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing all over the island of Ireland. This Arts Collective in Carrick-on-Suir was the County’s sole nomination for this years National Awards Competition!

Collectively the 3 groups made a formal presentation to the Pride of Place Judging Panel – John Briggs and Eddie Sheehy end of August in Brewery Lane Theatre and the Judges took a tour of each of the 3 venues. This was a well deserved honour for these three groups to be nominated! Congratulations to this Collective and all who were involved in the presentation process.

The application made by the Council: “The 3 venues and groups collectively showcase the very best of Irish Arts & Culture in theatre, musicals, music, arts, film, writing and crafts. The combined culture of creativity within Carrick on Suir involves every sector of the community, involves generations of story tellers, musicians, thespians, performers, crafts, design. The community has provided venues to nurture, support and encourage this activity, nurturing generations of talent, and foster a network of creativity to engage with all within its environs across all disciplines and regardless of age or ability. Individually each group has earned national honours and recognition, this has collectively led to the creation of a vibrant community, ambitious to succeed and create opportunities to showcase and develop talents and a thriving Arts Scene”.

The IPB Pride of Place Awards 2017 will be hosted on the 2nd of December 2017 in Donegal…winners announced on the night!


Exciting News: The Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town programme is coming to Carrick-on-Suir on Friday Oct 6th. This Expo will be FREE showcase for the town of Carrick on Suir and its hinterland to positively promote what our town and community has to offer.

The Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town programme aims to bring local businesses, education, sports and cultural organisations together, boosting the participating town’s economic activity. Carrick-on-Suir’s Enterprise Town business, sport and community Expo will be held in the Comeragh College on Friday Oct 6th from 6-9pm.

Registration for trade space is FREE, great opportunity for groups/businesses to showcase who you are and what you do, Clubs/organisations can use opportunity to recruit new members, advertise courses/events coming up, network with other groups, businesses can showcase and promote products/services/special offers/taster sessions….there will be entertainment, refreshments, celebrity speakers, fun for all the family and all FREE

Any groups/businesses interested in taking part in the Expo can register by emailing Donnacha Fahey, Carrick-on-Suir BOI Branch Manager at: or by calling into the Carrick-on-Suir BOI Branch to speak to a member of staff.

Registration forms also available in the Nano Nagle Community Resource Centre or you can register by downloading a form here – fill out and return it to the Bank of Ireland, Carrick-on-Suir

Here is a sample of how a Bank of Ireland’s Town Enterprise Expo programme works…Town: Gort 2016 expo


Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief officially re-opened Ormond Castle, Carrick-on-Suir on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at a ceremony in the Castle attended by a large gathering of local political, business, tourism and community representatives.

The Office of Public Works was delighted to announce the official opening of Ormond Castle following an extensive two and a half year conservation project.

Ormond Castle is the best surviving example of an Elizabethan manor house in Ireland. It was built by Thomas, the 10th Earl of Ormond in the 1560s, adjacent to the earlier 15th century Castle, the remains of which are still visible today. It is the country’s only major unfortified dwelling from that turbulent period and is unique in Ireland. The state rooms contain some of the finest decorative plasterwork in the country, including plasterwork portraits of historically importance.

Here are some photograph capturing the event taken by photographer Pete Smith

Tudor Manor House Opening 2017

Wednesday 19th July 2017, 7pm – RTE Nationwide visits Carrick-on-Suir 

On Nationwide we visit the town of Carrick on Suir in South Tipperary. We find out about the history of the Town and its development over more than 800 years. We visit the recently refurbished Ormond Castle to see what Tudor treasures are housed there. We also talk to David Butler from the Butler Society to find out about his ancestors and their connection to South Tipperary and we learn about the Butler Trail a new tourism initiative in Ireland’s Ancient East. We make a stop in Cooneys Pub where over 80 gold coins from the 17th century were discovered under the floorboards. Plus we pay a visit to the Tudor Artisan Hub to meet Linda Fahy who tells us about the activities there.


The Butler Trail APP by My Tour Talk

Download The Butler Trail App that includes three audio trails and a travel guide developed by Tipperary County Council, in Ireland’s Ancient East.

Ater the initial download you will be invited to access each of the self-guided audio trails for free.

These trails will guide you around the ancient towns of Cahir, Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir, revealing a network of stories – set in a landscape stretching out over 5000 years.

You will hear how the Butlers impacted upon the physical, social and economic fabric of each town and community – and the legacy this has left behind.

In Cahir you will be guided around the town starting at Cahir Castle and finishing up at Swiss Cottage, covering a total of 8 locations with an approximate distance of 5km.

Exploring Clonmel you will discover the impressive Guard House, learn about how trade began and developed, the important role of the Quaker families that provided much of this towns success and an Italian Irish man who put the town onto wheels. You will also hear how intuition and bravery helped save the town from an English army over 350 years ago. The trail begins at the Main Guard and finishes at The West Gate. It covers 8 stops with an approximate distance of 3km.

The audio trail through Carrick-on-Suir guides you around this medieval walled town. On this trail you will visit an old Tudor building, pass ancient bridges and tugs, before discovering the pub that hides buried treasure beneath. The audio trail begins at Ormonde Castle and ends with a scenic riverside walk. The trail covers 6 stops with an approximate distance of 3km.

This app will also provide you with plenty of local information, such as places to visit, to explore, to get something to eat and drink or stopover, just by tapping into the travel guide section.

Please note that after quickly accessing the app, over wi-fi, there is no need for a live data connection as everything is stored on your phone after the initial download. This also means you may avoid potentially expensive data roaming whilst following the audio trails and guides.


Click Here for an update from the Seán Healy Memorial Library Carrick on Suir regarding the closure for renovations 15 May 2017 – August 2017

Congratulations to Aileen and Tony Clery – Clerys Newsagents on their Retirement.

The business was started by Tony Clery’s  Aunt – Mrs Reidy back in 1924. Tony’s Parents took over the business and Tony started working there in 1970, 47 years ago. Tony has been an active member of COSBA for a number of years and is currently the chairperson and will continue to be involved in the near future. We would like to sincerely thank Aileen and Tony of all their years operating a thriving business in Carrick on Suir. COSBA wishes the very best of luck to the new owners Judy Linn and Ping Gallagher, it is great to see that this landmark business will continue to operate in the town centre.

Aileen and Tony were presented with an original painting ‘Chapel Street Archway’ by local artist Jill Lalor, Tudor Artisan Hub

Clery’s Newsagents Retirement

(Photography: Pete Smith)


“Following the success of 2016 where €26,476.96 was raised for Pieta House, Darkness into Light is returning to Carrick on Suir on May 6th for a second year. Starting at the CBS primary school we will be walking/running at 4.15am. Online registration is now open and tshirt collection will be available Saturdays at 16 Main Street. Keep an eye on for all updates. Brendan Cummins will also be on hand on the night and possibly at a few t-shirt collections. A massive thank you to everyone who made last year the success it was, we hope this year will be even more memorable.”


Carrick BTEI (Back to Education Initiative) courses starting September 2017

Please find attached information on BTEI (Back to Education Initiative) courses currently being offered for September 2017 and application form: Closing date for receipt of completed applications: is Friday 2nd June 2017

Click here for
BTEI Course Flyer
BTEI Course Information
BTEI Course Application Form


BTEI Courses are free to those with:
• Social Welfare Payments and/or Medical Card
• Highest level of education to be: Less than Upper Second Level Education (those who did not complete Leaving Certificate or equivalent) OR Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) completed 15 years ago or more

Applicants for a BTEI course you must be aged 16 or over.
BTEI do not provide payments to participants for doing BTEI courses.

If an applicant is on a Social Welfare payment and has any concerns in relation to their:
· Eligibility to apply for a course under DSP regulations
· ability to maintain their Social Welfare payment while participating on a BTEI course

We would advise that they query this with their local DSP (Social Welfare) office as we cannot advise on individual circumstances.
Hope this is of assistance to you. Should you have any queries re the above/attached please feel free to contact Brigid-Ann Whelan by phone 052 6176755 extn 23 or email


SUIR ON FIRE – St. Patricks Night Parade and Festival

Carrick-on-Suir’s St Patrick’s Day Parade will be an evening pageant for the second year in a row that will feature a fleet of illuminated tractors with a dazzling fireworks display finishing off the celebration with a bang. The fireworks display over the River Suir at Sean Healy Park off the Clonmel Road is a new addition to Carrick’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations, which the organisers hope will draw many more visitors to the town on March 17. At 7 p.m. sharp the parade leaves the Green car park by the Swan Club/Sean Healy Library. The route is as follows: along New Street then it takes us along the Main Street, through the West Gate, down to the N24 and finishing with a fireworks spectacular in Sean Healy park by the River Suir. We hope that we see many thousands of people on the streets as we did last year…rain or shine, the show goes on!


FAI Quarter Final, Carrick United AFC vs Boyle Celtic, at Tom Drohan Park, Carrick-on-Suir, March 12, 2017. (Photography Credit: Pete Smith)


Tipperary County Council has made an Order to close the following road:

Road to be closed: N24 Pill Road Carrick-on-Suir (at the Railway Bridge)
Period of Closure: From 20.00 hrs on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 to 08.00hrs on Monday 27th February 2017(i.e. 24 hrs per day during school mid-term break).

Alternative Routes: (Allow up to 20 minutes drive time by car)
1. Traffic travelling from Carrick-on-Suir town centre towards Ballylynch/Tinvane area of Carrick-on-Suir & towards Piltown/Mooncoin will be diverted from the N24 onto New Street Carrick-on-Suir & across Dillon Bridge and then follow the R680 to Fiddown Bridge and then rejoin the N24 at Fiddown Co.Kilkenny.

2. Traffic travelling from Ballylynch/Tinvane area of Carrick-on- Suir & from Piltown & Mooncoin will be diverted off the N24 at Fiddown and across Fiddown Bridge onto the R680 towards Carrick-on-Suir and then across Dillon Bridge onto Main Street Carrick-on-Suir to rejoin the N24 at O’Mahoney Avenue mini-roundabout in the town.

The above diversion routes using the Regional Road R680 to cater for heavy vehicles will be clearly sign-posted. Other routes using local roads will be available but will not be signposted. The purpose of this road closure is to facilitate works by Irish Rail to replace the existing railway bridge in Carrick-on-Suir over the N24 with a new bridge at a higher level in order to reduce the number of bridge strikes that have occurred on a regular basis.

Emergency access will be provided at all times within Carrick-on-Suir via a private link road between Cregg Road & Hawthorn Crescent. It is also planned to have a shuttle-bus service operating for pedestrians on this link road for period of the road closure. The Shuttle bus will run from 06.00am to 02.00am daily.

To help the flow of traffic through the town centre there will be ZERO TOLERANCE to any illegal parking, especially along Main Street and Sean Kelly Square. Upon our request The Local Council have granted FREE PARKING in the Town Hall Carpark for the duration of the works.We would advise all businesses on the route to avoid deliveries if possible on these dates or work with delivery companies to insure they do not have to double park.

We understand that there will be a lot of disruption for a few days but getting the work done will greatly benefit the town in the long run. If any member business have any queries we can be contacted at, and will follow up with the Local Council.


1. The service will be provided by Lyons Bus and Coach, Mainstown, Carrick-on-Suir
2. The service will be between the official bus stop at Dunbane on the N24 and the official bus stop at the Fairgreen.
3. There will be a pick-up / drop off at Cregg Road and Greenhills Village.
4. Persons under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult in loco parentis.
5. The service is being made available on the understanding that persons using the service will accept any directions given by the driver.
6. The service will operate between 6:00 am and 2:00 am.
It will begin at 8:00 pm on the 22nd of February
7. The service will be provided all night on Saturday night, and an additional bus will be provided between 12:00 midnight and 4:00 AM.
8. The service will be continuous while it is operating.
9. There will be no charge for persons using the service.


Photographs by Pete Smith photography capturing Restoration, Renovation and Constructions projects in Carrick-on-Suir.

Carrick-on-Suir Construction Renovations 2017


More recent Photos by Pete Smith photography capturing the Old Bridge in the New Year as part of our Tidy Town initiative.

Old Bridge Winter 2017


Short Film ‘ Solstice – When the Sun Stands Still’ – enchanting and spiritual audio-visual footage composed by Pete Smith. The film showcases Knockroe Passage Tomb on December 21, the shortest day celebrating Winter Solstice. Knockroe’s alignment with both the rising and setting sun during the Winter Solstice makes it unique in Ireland….the event was truly magical!

Filmed At Knockroe, County Kilkenny, Ireland during the Winter Solstice and Solstice Eve, 2016, (December 20th and 21st), by Pete Smith. Additional footage filmed on December 18th and 19th 2016.


The Christmas Tractors of Carrick-on-Suir parade of lights and carnival Saturday 10th December 2016 – what another fantastic success and a great event to bring to the town to celebrate the Carrick-on-Suir Shopping Festival Weekend


Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary was once again lit up when its now annual parade of tractors took to the streets on Saturday December 10, 2016. Thousands of locals and visitors thronged the streets of Carrick-on-Suir to see the lights of over 25 tractors, a silage harvester and lorries decked out in Christmas lights drive over the New bridge and through the streets of the town, then finishing up in the Car-park on New Street which was in full carnival swing. Families enjoyed a spectacular parade of lights and an evening of fun and games organised by local dairy farmer Stuart Downie, supported by the Crop Cruisers, Carrick-on-Suir Business Association and the Tipperary County Council. . This event now in its third year raises money which is donated to the farming charity Embrace, which helps families affected by farm fatalities and serious accidents.

(Video copyright Tudor Artisan Hub, Carrick-on-Suir 086 2560609)



See Santa Claus arriving into Carrick-on-Suir via River Rescue to turn on the Christmas Lights on November 26, 2016

Thank you to COSBA, Tipperary County Council, Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue and Carrick-on-Suir Brass Band for bringing this event to the Town.

Thank you to local art student Patrice Cooney for the video compilation! (Video copyright Tudor Artisan Hub, Carrick-on-Suir 086 2560609)

Carrick-on-Suir Tourism and Economic Development Committee have launched their ‘Carrick-on-Suir Strategic Vision 2030′ document.

COSBA are delighted to have played a significant role in the development of the plan. We would like to congratulate COSTEDC on the publishing of the plan and offer whatever supports necessary to achieve some of the goals set out.

The simplest way to sum up the document is to quote the mission statement.

‘Our Mission is to make Carrick-on-Suir an attractive town to visit, to live in and for work and shopping; a place where new and existing entrepreneurs are encouraged and supported: where training and employment opportunities are actively generated.’

Noble words from a plan that points the direction that Carrick-on-Suir can travel with the support of the community. Lets ask ourselves, is there any thing WE can do to help achieve any of the goals set out in the plan, what can I do to help? This plan is a very positive step forward for our community and points towards a positive future for Carrick-on-Suir.

If anybody has any suggestions,or offers of help can be forwarded to, the or contact any member of COSTEDC.

Read full ‘Carrick-on-Suir Strategic Vision 2030′ plans here


Great Celebrations at the Farmer’s Market, Carrick-on-Suir Friday 26 August and entertainment at the Iverk Show, Piltown as part of the 2016 Ireland – Newfoundland Festival. Well done to all involved, COSBA was delighted to support this event.

Photographs copyright Pete Smith.


Carrick-on-Suir Business Association welcome today’s Press Release from The OPW regarding The Ormonde Castle.

A group from COSBA had a guided tour of the works last month and were highly impressed with the progress. The inclement Winter just passed has delayed the re-opening date,but we are pleased to note the approach of The OPW in ensuring that all work to restore and conserve the Castle is completed to a high standard and not rushed. We would however hope that the Castle will re-open next Easter and not mid year.

The exciting announcement to-day that the OPW and Failte Ireland have commissioned a new Interpretive exhibition for the Castle, is fantastic news for the town. This will add greatly to the visitor experience and along with the reinforcing of the floor of The Long Gallery, the possibility of plays, performances and even Civil weddings all help attract more visitors to town, and keep them in the area for longer.

There are still issues to be addressed, for example Bus parking and the possible addition of a Tudor Garden is being considered, but the announcement to-day is very positive and the OPW and Failte Ireland must be congratulated.

Over 1.5 million euro will have been spent on this project to insure that the Ormonde Castle becomes a significant offering within Ireland’s Ancient East.

OPW Press Release: Conserving and extending the life of the surviving historic decorative plasterwork at Ormonde Castle

The Office of Public Works has confirmed today (10 August 2016) that it is making good progress with the ongoing conservation work it is undertaking at Ormonde Castle in Carrick on Suir and confirmed plans for the future tourism potential of the site.

Since Ormonde Castle came into State care in 1947, various phases of work have been undertaken at the site to conserve and restore the fabric of what is one of Ireland’s finest Elizabethan Manor Houses. These previous programmes of works have staved off the worst potential damage to the structure but, in recent years, problems with damp penetration were found to have damaged the mechanical and electrical systems and compromised the remaining historic decorative plasterwork.

Due to the recent problems of water ingress, the Office of Public Works made the decision to carry out major works on the structure to ensure the survival of this historic decorative plasterwork and at the same time, take the opportunity to up-grade the electrical, mechanical, fire and security systems, undertake minor roof repairs and refurbish guide and visitor facilities.

This phase of the works, which is now close to completion, will facilitate the breathability and flexibility required for such a structure, and ensure the survival of Ormonde Castle’s unique historic decorative plasterwork for many years to come. The work on the building is expected to be complete by mid-2017 following which it is expected to be reopened to the public. In tandem with the building project however, with the support of Failte Ireland, a new Interpretative exhibition for the site will be commissioned to tell its story to visitors over the years in a new and exciting way. This will position the Carrick on Suir site as a key offering within Ireland’s Ancient East and will open the way for new developments at the site including things like plays, performances and other public events. The hope of Failte Ireland and OPW is that the newly presented and restored Castle will prove an irresistible draw to visitors to the South East and will ensure that many more tourists come to the area and stay longer enjoying its many attractions.


  COSBA presentation to Rafael Alvarez, “Approach Wines”

Pictured are Maurice Power, Tony Clery, Rafael Alvarez and Seamus Campbell.

Carrick on Suir Business Association made a presentation to Rafael Alvarez to mark the sale of his Carrick based business ‘ Approach Wines’.
Approach Wines, headed by Rafael, has been in business in Carrick on Suir since 1995. Rafael had arrived in Ireland from Spain the previous year with his Irish wife Penny, and son Patrick. Although they did not have any ties with the locality, they found people very warm in their welcome and quickly felt at home.

Rafael had decided in his forties to abandon project engineering, he is an industrial engineer by profession, and follow his heart by entering into the wine business. He is a true aficionado, with an unique palate for tasting wines and a passion for wine, that goes back longer than he like to remember!
Importers and distributors in Ireland for over 20 years, Approach Wines achieved acclaim for the quality, range and interesting labels they introduced to the Country. Rafael always took pride in personally choosing each and every wine on the list and was constantly in pursuit of the best of the new arrivals.Of course, a network of friends and contacts from the wine-producing fraternity in Spain also played its part.
He is delighted to have sold his business to the long established firm of wine merchants, Barry & Fitzwilliam as they will continue to offer his customers the same level of service and commitment as Approach Trade has done. He will act in a consultancy role for the foreseeable future and is contactable at

Other News

Carrick-on-Suir COSBA – Tidy Towns winner of best shop front 2016

Siobhán Luby, Anita Oakey, Pat Oakey, Seamus Campbell (COSBA), Shauna Luby.

Presentation of the lovely new perpetual trophy – Carrick-on-Suir COSBA – Tidy Towns winner of best shop front 2016 – Aoki Interiors, Parkside.

COSBA say Congratulations to Aoki Interiors – the winner for the best shop front 2016 by the Carrick on Suir Tidy Towns committee.  Aoki Interiors has been in business 5 years, 4 years at the present location. Aoki Interior premises is always well maintained and window displays are of a very high standard. Well deserved recognition. (Photographs by Pete Smith)


Here is a review of COSBA members news and projects COSBA have supported in 2016