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Templemore Courthouse To Close

Thurles Courthouse

Templemore courthouse is to close early next year, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has confirmed in the Dáil.

He said the Courts Service board last week have approved the closure and the courthouse in Templemore, Co Tipperary will now move all hearings to the newly restored Thurles Court facility.

Defending the closure, the Minister said the Courts Service board had amalgamated 140 district courthouses over the past 12 years.

Alan Shatter stated that “The decision to close any courthouse is generally taken due to the buildings being in poor condition.”

Thurles Courthouse was nominated at the Irish Architecture Awards in 2009, and is regarded as a major civic and historical  landmark in the centre of Thurles. Erected in 1828,  the courthouse itself has played host to many historic events, the public meeting regarding Famine Public Works schemes in April 1846, the famous  GAA Convention of  November 9th 1887, the inaugural meeting of Thurles Golf Club on January 21st 1909.

Photo courtesy G.Willoughby.

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