The lack of road signage for Clonmel on our National Roads was raised at last Tuesday nights meeting of Clonmel Borough Council by Cllr. Siobhán Ambrose. Cllr. Ambrose had a notice of motion down calling for Clonmel Borough Council to request a meeting with the representatives of the National Roads Authority to discuss this issue. This motion was unanimously approved by all of the Council members.
“I have raised this issue in relation to lack of signage for Clonmel on many occasions at both Borough Council and County Council level and both authorities have written to the National roads authority in relation to this matter but to date our efforts have been in vain. I have also been told that the National Roads Authority doesn’t really meet with individuals so I am asking now that this Council looks for a meeting with representatives of the National Roads Authority to discuss this pressing issue.”
Cllr Ambrose said that in recent years most of the National Road signs have been changed but unfortunately this was to the determent of Clonmel as the name Clonmel has been removed from the new signage. She cited examples like in Waterford where you have to follow the sign for Limerick to reach Clonmel similarly as you leave Limerick the first sign used to include Clonmel now you have to follow the sign for Dublin in order to get to Clonmel.
“Closer to home for persons who have exited the Cork by-pass and are coming on the by-pass from Cashel again there is no mention of Clonmel on this sign. Clonmel should also be included on the M50 signs. Clonmel should be listed on the same sign as the sign for Carlow/Kilkenny/Waterford and also on the M50 sign for the turnoff at Cashel.
“Clonmel or Cluain Meala has a population of over 18,000. It is the primary town in the county. We have very good industries like retail, amenities, schools, college and festivals etc. We want to encourage people to come and invest in Clonmel. We want to encourage people to come and live in Clonmel. We want to encourage people to come and holiday and enjoy all of our wonderful amenities, festivals, tourist attractions and the wonderful history of Clonmel and its inhabitants. People like Charles Bianconi, Frank Patterson, Vincent Hanley, Tommy O’Brien and former Olympian Dr. Pat o’ Callaghan are Clonmel natives. Clonmel has so much to offer but how can we expect tourists and people from outside of the town to find us when there is no signage for Clonmel. Clonmel without proper national signage is in my opinion almost akin to the children’s story Alice’s Secret Garden an enchanting place if you can find it.”
Cllr. Ambrose copncluded: “I hope that we can meet with representatives from the National Roads Authority in order to progress this matter and to ensure that the name Clonmel is re-instated on our National road signs.”