WorkWise Tipperary

Clonmel borough district

Submitted by matthew.carey on Wed, 05/24/2023 - 10:36
Mainguard Clonmel

Clonmel/Cahir is Tipperary’s southernmost district. With a population of over 37,000 people and access to a highly skilled workforce, the municipal district of Clonmel/Cahir is home to a host of multinational organizations, which benefit from its global and local access.

This district is at the epicentre of the Irish food sector,
with local producers ABP, C&C, Glenpatrick and Merrys headquartered here. With the development of FDI facilities such as Questum and the Ballingarrane Science and Technology Park, it is also home to a thriving life science
and technology base. Questum houses some innovative high-potential startups (HPSU), which highlight Tipperary’s business diversity. Included in these startups (which span the industrial IT, data management/analytics, pharma/ medical and healthcare sectors) are One Box Vision, VisionID, Covectra and COMITASS.

The district also has enhanced civic and cultural education and training offerings; such as with the planned development of the Kickham Barracks complex.

Clonmel District map
About the Area

Links to cities (time)
Dublin (130 mins), Limerick (90 mins), Cork (75 mins), Galway (160 mins), Waterford (60 mins), Belfast (240 mins)

M8 Dublin-Cork route from Clonmel (20 mins), Cahir (5 mins)

Dublin (130 mins), Shannon (95 mins), Cork (75 mins), Waterford (45 mins)

Sea Ports
Rosslare (120 mins), Cork (60 mins), Foynes (150 mins), Waterford (45 mins)

Rail Links
Links to Cork and Dublin through Limerick Junction (50 mins), Thurles (40 mins)

MAN (Metropolitan Area Network) for fibre broadband

40,000 pe (population equivalent) wastewater processing

Gas Supply
Natural gas

Clonmel Mainguard map
Available industrial sites

Clonmel has highly competitive rental rates, state of the art business campuses and the availability of brownfield and greenfield sites.

  • Ballingarrane Science and Technology Park – 300 acres of a strategic employment zone on the outskirts of Clonmel
  • Business Incubation and Development – Clonmel is home to two enterprise and research offerings. Clonmel Business Development Park and Questum, a recently opened enterprise and research centre comprising office, laboratory and training space for emerging companies in the life science and technology sectors
  • Supports offered to new industries who locate in appropriately zoned lands
Clonmel Image

Site Details

Moy IsoverArdfinnan100,000 sq. ft.
Fair Oak FoodsClonmelEstimated @120,000 sq. ft.
Suir PharmaClonmel50,000 sq. ft.
BarloClonmel60,000 sq. ft.
Ballingarrane Science and Technology ParkClonmel300 acres (143 hectares)

Commercial/Office Sites

LocationAnnual RentPurchase Price
Gortnafleur€10/12 per sq. ft. plus €2 /sq. ft. to cover mgt. charges and ratesN/A
Ard Gaoithe

Shell and core retail/warehouse units

Size range - 3-10K sq. ft. €3/4 per sq. ft. 

Circa €25/30 per sq. ft.
Value for money

Tipperary County Council’s development contribution scheme allows for the provision of a reduction for industrial building or light industrial building (including for non-retail warehousing, processing and manufacturing).

stat-iconAverage rent is 37% more affordable than in Dublin

stat-icon3 bedroom semi in Clonmel/Cahir €700/month

stat-icon4 bedroom detached in Clonmel/Cahir €800/month

Clonmel Main Street image

Residential Prices

House TypeMonthly RentalPurchase PriceCork Purchase PriceDublin Purchase Price
3 bed semi €700 per month€135,000€206,000€344,800
4 bed detached€800 per month€250,000€350,000€552,000

Industrial/Commercial Purchase Prices (indictive only)

€35 per sq. ft.€47 per sq. ft.€52 per sq. ft.€64 per sq. ft.€80 per sq. ft.
Working population

With a district population of 37,442,

Clonmel Borough District boasts the availability of a diverse and skilled workforce.


Working from a strong, traditional base, cumulative employment in manufacturing is approximately 4,000 people making it one of the strongest in the country.

stat-icon935,592 Population within a 60 minute catchment area of Clonmel


stat-icon570,867 Working population within a 60 minute catchment area of Clonmel

Clonmel Borough District map
Clonmel District map

Clonmel has access to 160,000 students with 67,000 3rd level students studying in colleges that specialize in pharmaceutical and molecular biotechnology research, applied materials, creative multimedia and much more.

It is central to all third and fourth level institutions in the province of Munster with access to Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) campuses in Tipperary in the towns of Clonmel and Thurles, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) (PMBRC – Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre) and SEAM – South East Applied Materials). It also has access to University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology which boasts 30,000 undergraduates and a number of industry research centres/ institutes such as Tyndall National Institute, APC, Nimbus (CIT).

CollegeNo. of full time students
Waterford Institute of Technology10,000
Carlow Institute of Technology4,000
Limerick Institute of Technology6,000
Cork Institute of Technology12,000
University College Cork18,000
University of Limerick17,000

Clonmel is nestled in the arms of the beautiful Comeragh and Knockmealdown mountain ranges. Nature lovers are spoiled for choice with walking and hiking trails to suit
all fitness levels. The iconic Sliabh ma mBan mountain is situated in Clonmel, made famous in the Tipperary county song and Clonmel is part of Ireland’s Ancient East, offering wonderful heritage sites such as Cahir Castle and Swiss Cottage.

There is also a wide range of social, recreational and leisure facilities such as Clonmel’s Inch Field, Denis Bourke and Mulcahy town parks, while renowned International facilities such as Mount Juliet and Fota Island are all close by.

Amenities and recreation

  • River Suir Blueway
  • River walk fishing and international slalom kayaking
  • Comeragh and Knockmealdown Mountains
  • Growing tourism industry
  • National horse racing track
  • GAA, soccer, hockey and rugby
  • Playgrounds, swimming pools
  • Art centres, parks and libraries
  • A wealth of artisan cafés and restaurants
  • Independent and global retail brands
  • ‘Clonmel Junction’ and ‘Fair of Cahir’ Festivals
  • Great record in Ireland’s Tidiest Towns
  • Home to Championship and Parkway Golf Courses
  • Festivals: Festival Cluain Meala, Festival Junction, and Festival of Cahir to name just a few
  • Close proximity to Glen of Aherlow National Park and cultural trail
Clonmel rowing image

stat-iconThere are seven primary schools (including Gaelscoileanna) and four secondary schools.


stat-iconExcellent range of community and privately operated childcare facilities including pre-schools, Montessori schools, crèches and playschools

3 star RatingClonmel Park Hotel
4 star RatingHotel Minella
B&BsA wide range of B&Bs available
Guest housesRaheen Guest House