Tipperary Town Revitalisation Task Force this evening launched two new Heritage initiatives during an online event, a video documenting the history of the town entitled ‘Welcome to Tipperary’ and a heritage audit of Tipperary Town conducted by Abarta Heritage in collaboration with the Task Force Heritage Subgroup. The online launch event was hosted by Mary Alice O’Connor and featured contributions from renowned local historian Dr. Denis G. Marnane, Tipperary County Council Heritage Officer Róisín O’Grady, Sara Bourke from South Tipperary Development Company and Róisín Burke from Abarta Heritage.
Welcome to Tipperary is a twenty-minute documentary style film highlighting the history and culture of town. The research and script were undertaken and delivered by Dr. Marnane. The themes looked at included Tipperary Hills (public park), Education, the churches, the market town, New Tipperary &Revolution (Military Barracks, War of Independence, & Civil War). The film was made by Caleb Barrett over a six-month period using camera and drone footage. Producer Mary Alice O’Connor stated ‘It was my great pleasure and privilege to work with two great Professionals Dr. Marnane who provided script and narration and Caleb Barrett a talented film producer. For all of us it was a new adventure into the digital era and I hope people appreciate and enjoy the wonderful history of our town.’ The project was funded by Tipperary County Council under the Creative Ireland Programme.
The Heritage Audit of Tipperary Town sets out an inventory of the built, natural and cultural heritage resources within the town and sets out recommendations for their future use in both product and amenity development as part of the overall revitalisation efforts in Tipperary Town. The project was delivered by Clonmel based Abarta Heritage and was carried out through a blend of desk and field research, along with several community story telling events. The project was funded by South Tipperary Development Company under the Rural Development Programme (LEADER).
Both initiatives emanated from the Tipperary Town Heritage Action Plan 2020-2022, produced by Alison Harvey of The Heritage Council, who is also driving the Collaborative Town Centre Health Check (CTCHC) in Tipperary Town. The Heritage Action Plan sets out a broad range of actions aimed at driving heritage led regeneration in Tipperary Town over the coming years.