New jobs in the brewing industry could be in the pipeline for Roscrea, if an application before North Tipperary County Council comes to fruition.
Ironically, the very location being proposed for a new micro-brewery is Roscrea’s Church of Ireland St Cronan’s Parochial Hall, known locally as the Temperance Hall. Perhaps if they were alive today, the pioneers of Tipperary’s non-drinking teetotal movement would raise an eyebrow to learn what the landmark structure on the Gaol Road come soon become. Damien and Sandra Munroe have applied for the “the change of use and restoration of the Bridewell (Gaol) and Temperance Hall from an educational facility/offices to offices and a microbrewery for the manufacture of craft beer.” The plans involve internal alterations to the historic and landmark property, located within an elevated site, at the corner of Gaol Road and New Road, close to Roscrea’s town centre. The developers also propose the “demolition of inappropriate additions and the construction of a new two-storey extension with associated site works and services. The application relates to development which would comprise the carrying out of works to a protected structure.”
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.