It was one of Thurles’ main employers until the sugar factory closed in 1989.
The entire industry died when the Mallow plant shut its doors for the last time just over a decade ago.
However there may be a new dawn for the sugar beet industry in Ireland and one Tipperary County Councillor wants the Premier to be at the heart of it.
Andy Moloney was speaking during a debate in Irish Rail services in Tipp at this weeks meeting of Clonmel Borough District.
The independent representative says Cahir would be an ideal base for a revived sugar beet industry.
The Waterford – Limerick Junction line has been under threat of closure due to the operating costs.
However Councillor Moloney says a profitable rail service doesn’t have to be about just passenger numbers.