Tipperary County Museum in Clonmel received a grant from the Heritage Council under the Heritage Management Scheme to conserve one of the most re markable remaining examples of local traditional Irish shop fronts “Cooney's Bar” was located in the centre of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary in the seventeenth century Main Guard building.
The shop front elements are not complete and unfortunately consist only of a few but highly representative parts: nameboard, one large console, two small consoles, and the entrance door. There is also a little storage drawer with an interesting printed paper label inside, which was part of the bar's furniture.
All these unique elements are in bad preservation state and their conservation is vital for the retention of our knowledge about identity and character of the town's past streetscapes. Traditional shop fronts display the vernacular architecture and are an important expression of local history. Such shop fronts are living examples of local craftsmen; the carpenter, painter and sign writer, working at their best and with quality materials.