Established in 2002, Clerihan Community Council’s mission statement is:
‘Responding to local needs created by recent sizeable housing developments which have completely changed the nature of the community, the Council aims to take a pro-active part in all aspects of Community Development. To integrate the new residents into the community and to provide facilities for all.’
The Council intends to have a voice in the development of the area for the benefit of the whole community. The Community Council aims to coordinate and support the existing groups in the parish, being made up of representatives from the various clubs in the community and representatives of most of the existing groups. The Council meets once a month in the Community Hall and holds an annual AGM in the Community Hall. It is a limited company with charitable status.
Main activities of the group to date.
Acquiring and developing a community playing field near the village.
Running an ongoing Community Lotto, which has to date helped to raise a substantial Community Fund which has paid for the purchase, development and maintenance of the Community Park.
The Community Council continues to contribute to the planning debate with Local Authorities.
The Community have acquired and re-roofed the Tinsley Lodge house which was one of two lodge houses for Knockeevan House.
Built the Community Playground in the Park.
Built the All-Weather pitch within the Community Park.
Developed the Walkway around the Community Park.
Conducted research into the sports needs of the community and drawn down substantial grant funding both national and local for development of sports and playing facilities.
Facilitated the establishment of the Community Alert Scheme.
Participated in the LEADER/ South Tipp County Council 4 Parishes development pilot programme for rural development.
Supported the Tidy Villages group.
Members of the Clerihan Community Council and sub groups
Seighin Ó Díomasaigh— Chairman
Shane O’Sullivan – Vice Chair
Mark Taylor — Secretary
Lena Griffin — Treasurer
Joe Conway – Member
Ciaran Mangan – Member
Dan Butler – Member
Eoin Kerrigan – Member
Katie Murphy – Member
Paddy Flannery – Member
Jim Ryan – Member
John O’Rourke – Member
Issues of Concern to the Clerihan Community Council
Currently the population of the village is around 1,000 people, roughly one third of whom are under 16 years of age.
The Council believes that in order for the community to develop with its own unique identity, it is essential that any further housing development will reflect the varied demographic needs of the population. The Community Council also has serious concerns that any further housing development will have long term implications with regard to the provision of an adequate and sustainable water supply, storm water management and sewage treatment, as well as waste disposal services.
The existing water supply is described as having ‘intermittent supply difficulties’ and the municipal wastewater treatment plant only has spare capacity for a further 350 PE. To cater for the additional residential development for which land has been rezoned, and any further community or commercial development a new sewage treatment plant would be essential.
The Community Council would like to see the walled garden of the Knockeevan Estate being declared a protected structure and that no development would be allowed in or around this area.
Objectives of the Clerihan Community Council
At present the Community Council has a list of short/ medium term objectives:
To finish the playing fields and facilities to the highest specification with the provision of dressing rooms on site.
To involve more volunteers in the Community.
Secure the Tinsley Lodge for future development with a view to handing it over to a new heritage project group.
To continue to build on the very successful community lotto.
To support a Tidy Villages initiative in Clerihan
The Council is always looking for new members or volunteers who would be willing to participate in any of the activities of the Community Council. We really need your help, if you would like to help us then contact any member or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org