Department of Justice & Civic Offices


Department of Justice & Civic Offices, Tipperary Town


Dept Justice , Tipperary Town (exterior)
Dept Justice , Tipperary Town (exterior)

On Thursday May 2 2013,  a group from the Network visited the Department of Justice & Civic offices in Tipperary town, both LEED buildings.  LEED stands for Leadership in Environmental  & Energy Design. The visit was guided by the architect of the buildings, Paul Lennon of Coady Partnership Architects and by Nellie Reid, Network member and LEED consultants of the buildings. Promoting a holistic approach to sustainability, LEED recognises performances in five key areas which includes sustainable site development , materials selection, water efficiency, energy efficiency,  indoor environmental quality.

Civic Offices, Tipperary Town
Civic Offices, Tipperary Town


Civic Offices 2

Both buildings are temperature controlled, with sensors detecting temperatures and automatically opening or closing windows as required. The windows can also be opened and closed manually. The buildings are flooded with natural light, which is both energy efficient and provides a pleasant and healthy environment for staff and visitors alike. The external  horizontal slats help to reduce glare.

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Dept. of Justice (Photo: Gearoid Fitzgibbon)


The Apple Farm, Moorstown, Cahir, Co. Tipperary

After a very informative tour of the Dept. of Justice and Civic Offices, we went on to visit The Apple Farm, which is owned by one of the Network members, Con Trass and his family. It is  located  just outside Cahir in County Tipperary.  Apples have been grown in this part of the country for hundreds of years, and since 1968 Con has been planting more orchards to increase their supply. As well as apples,  pears, plums, sweet cherries, strawberries and raspberries are also grown. They also have a Camping and Caravan Park on the farm and it provides an ideal location from which to explore South Tipperary. There is a farm shop on site where you will find apple juice, and mixed juices from the other fruits; all made on the farm. The shop also stocks sparkling apple juice, and cider vinegar all made on the farm. Finally you must try some home made ice cream and sorbets made by Con’s son also available in the shop – well worth trying – it’s absolutely delicious.

Part of the Orchard at the Apple Farm
Sean O’Farrell (Cloncannon Biofarm), Brian Moloney (Biofinch), Rita Guinan CEO North Tipperary County Enterprise Board), Caroline Shanahan, (NTLP), Denis Shanahan
Andy Hennessy – Senator Windows, Denis Shanahan & Brian Moloney (Biofinch)
 DSCF2293Rita Guinan (CEO North Tipperary County Enterprise Board), Kate Walsh, (Coordinator TGBN) Photo: Caroline Shanahan
 Con talking to the group about miscanthus
Solar panels on a processing shed at The Apple farm (Photo: Gearoid Fitzgibbon)

Con is testing biochar on the farm. Biochar – can increase soil fertility and can provide protection against some soil borne diseases. It is also being investigated as a method of capturing carbon in the soil.

DSCF2316Apple cider vinegar from the farm shop

Some of the benefits of Apple cider vinegar 



Tipperary GBN(
Tipperary Green Business Network is established in Co. Tipperary to take advantage of the emerging Green Economy, harness its job creation potential, with the longer term ambition of making Tipperary one of Ireland’s greenest counties. The Network receives financial assistance from Local Enterprise Office, Tipperary and is supported in other ways by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, South Tipperary Development Company and Tipperary Energy Agency For more information about the Tipperary Green Business Network or if you would like to become a member please contact TIPPERARY GREEN BUSINESS NETWORK Coordinator on 067 56676/089 4171397 or by email at