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"Deplorable" dumping at former landmark pub

Thursday, 4 January 2018

"Deplorable" dumping at former landmark pub thumbnailCllr Michael O'Meara outside the former Angler's Rest, with the rubbish visible in the background.

COUNCILLOR Micheal O'Meara this week drew attention to illegal dumping at the former pub Angler's Rest in Annagh near Birr.

The councillor said he visited the site on the Tipperary/Offaly border and was aggrieved to see "a huge volume of illegal dumping."

The Angler's Rest was once a popular pub but it was destroyed by a fire several years ago.

"The practice of illegal fly tipping and dumping on the huge scale at this site is a criminal act in my view," commented the councillor. "I contacted the council before Christmas about the matter and I am sure the litter wardens will do all in their power to bring those responsible to justice for their actions.

"This is the first property you meet when you enter Tipperary from Offaly and was once considered a beautiful place with the Brosna river flowing by, but now it is a terrible eyesore. It is my priority to get the site cleaned up and further dumping curtailed."

The pub, located on the Banagher road from Rathcabbin, was once of considerable importance in this rural part of the county.

However, in September 2009 it was destroyed by fire in the early hours of a Monday morning. Flames were fanned into the night sky by the strong breeze while three units of the Fire Brigade fought hard to bring the flames under control. The entire building was completely gutted in a matter of minutes.

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