Article by Anne Hadnett, Tipperary Town Market Group
There has been congratulations, sadness and best wishes in the last two weeks for well known Tipperary Town establishments. The first news was good news with the announcement by Rosie Roberts, proprietor of Oh Sugar Coffee and Bakehouse, on the expansion of her business as she opens a second premises in Cahir. Rosie will be expanding her offering Cahir with more hot food dishes, in the premises formerly called Irwins. Oh Sugar opened two years ago on Davis Street and has been a great addition to the town, apart from the delicious coffee and treats, Rosie organises family themed days in the coffee shop like Harry Potter, halloween and many more.
On Wednesday 17th January, Loic L’Herrou & Annemarie Ryan, proprietors of the The French Quarter Cafe in the Excel Centre, announced their retirement after 18 years of running the much loved local café. The good news is that the café will remain open, with all staff remaining under the management of the Excel Board of Directors. Annemarie is an also a local councillor and recently joined the Sinn Fein Party. Cllr Annemarie Ryan has been an excellent advocate for the town and we wish her well with her political career.
Unfortunately, also announced this week is the closure of one of Tipperary Towns best known businesses, Flanagans Lane Restaurant. Run by husband and wife team Niamh and Gary McIllveney, Flanagans has been a Town stalwart for many years now, opening their restaurant in the lane, before expanding their deli and coffee area in to what was formerly Greene’s newsagents. While Flanagans was a restaurant first, it was also a space for private functions and Niamh also helped organise and host events at the establishment, from live music to local charity events.
Statement from Flanagans Lane Facebook Page:
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of our business here in Tipperary Town. Hospitality has taken a tremendous hit over the past few months with costs spiralling out of control. Unfortunately we are no different than any other business and we cannot sustain profitability in such an environment. The immeasurable effort put in by our staff cannot be understated and for this reason the closure is all the more hurtful. We were not just a cafe and restaurant, we were a community hub for Tipperary Town and we want to thank our regular customers who turned up time and time and time again to support a small local business. Our last day will be Friday 26th January. Any gift vouchers can be used up until Friday or can be redeemed in our sister restaurant Flanagans on the Lake, Killaloe