The past merged with the present in Bansha on Friday last, when the voice of the late Canon John Hayes could be heard over the PA system as the new lights on the village green were switched on by the late Canon’s nephew and niece, Tom Hayes and Áine McNamara.
Hundreds of people crowded around the village green to witness the historic occasion which turned back the clock to May 1948 and the coming of rural electrification to Bansha. The reason for this celebration was to mark the completion of the village green development by Bansha Tidy Towns and its Chairperson, Andrew O’Halloran, welcomed the many dignitaries to Bansha. Andrew explained the background to the project. “Cllr Mary Hanna Hourigan was of immense help to us spending many evenings with us assisting with the relevant forms filled and the other paperwork. We then submitted the forms to South Tipperary Development Company and the staff there; Niall Morrissey, Isabel Cambie and Michael Begley, processed our application and dealt with all our queries and requests in a very professional manner”. Andrew thanked the Board of the Company for their support and for the funding received through the Rural Development Programme. He also extended thanks to the committee, helpers, the people of the village and members of the business community who had given their support. MC Helen Morrissey said that it was a great evening for Bansha and was delighted to introduce ‘one of their own’ to cut the ribbon on the development. Former Governor of Mountjoy, John Lonergan was introduced as their special guest and John spoke with great passion about Bansha and his links to the parish.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.