05 Oct 2022

PAGES FROM THE PAST: Check out the news as it happened in Offaly 26 years ago

PAGES FROM THE PAST: Check out the news as it happened in Offaly 26 years ago

Funding for swimming pools, Tullamore Town Council offices opening and a 'Massive Boost for the Tullamore Show', were amont the stories making the front page of the Offaly Express on June 20, 1992.

While some of us were in the middle of the Leaving Cert, there was great pride in Tullamore when the new Town Council Offices opened at the top of High Street. The Town Councillors were pictured outside the new building which boasted a plush blue carpet with the UDC Coat of Arms emblazoned on it. The building also featured oak stained furniture and a lectern for 'Government Ministers making poor mouths.....'

The front page also featured a report that €2 million was desperately needed to improve three swimming pools in Offaly. The money was not going to come from local authority funds rather the County Council would help the voluntary groups running the pools to get funding from the Department of the Environment. 

Elsewhere in Offaly in June 1992, there was news of a sponsorship boost to €28,000 for the Tullamore Show and a great week planned for the Offaly Hospice Foundation.

Finally, as if to prove that a referendum is never far away in Ireland, Declan McSweeney reported that interest was increasing in the lead up to the vote on the Maastricht Treaty. For the record, 68.7% of the population voted in favour of the Treaty.


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