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Empty buildings signal the slow death of an Irish town

Campaigners say alarm bells ‘not ringing loudly enough’ over the vacant premises in rural towns

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Cllr Annemarie Ryan Shiner outside vacant properties in Tipperary town

Cllr Annemarie Ryan Shiner outside vacant properties in Tipperary town

A horse-drawn milk cart in Tipperary town circa 1950

A horse-drawn milk cart in Tipperary town circa 1950

Pharmacist Shane Kelly stands on Main Street, Tipperary town, with vacant buildings opposite his pharmacy. Picture by Liam Burke

Pharmacist Shane Kelly stands on Main Street, Tipperary town, with vacant buildings opposite his pharmacy. Picture by Liam Burke

The March4Tipp protest in October 2018 drew more than 5,000 people onto the streets of Tipp town

The March4Tipp protest in October 2018 drew more than 5,000 people onto the streets of Tipp town

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Cllr Annemarie Ryan Shiner outside vacant properties in Tipperary town

Every day, on her way to and from work, Annemarie Ryan Shiner passes some of the 84 empty and unused buildings in Tipperary town. Many have been empty for years.

Ms Ryan Shiner worries people will stop noticing there is something wrong with this sight — a historic town centre blighted by dilapidation and disrepair.


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