However while one industry was winding down the embryo of another was conceived. In 1957 a huge storm swept the country and left a trail of havoc. In the opinion of older people including myself it was not as ferocious as the recent hurricane which hit the country this year on the 12th February 2014. Never the less it flattened hundreds of acres of forestry in the Dundrum area. The forestry department put the harvesting of that timber up for tender. The contract was won by a man from the Nire Valley in Co Waterford, John O Grady who had family connections locally. Early in 1958, he commenced work on the Dundrum project. As he was living in Clonmel and travelling daily to Dundrum and back he decided to rent a house in the area. A man who worked with him advised him of a house available in Cappawhite. When he checked, the house had just been leased to somebody. He was informed a house was available in Hollyford. He got the house and the rest as they say is history. That was in the year 1960. As he was completing the Dundrum contract, he started a sawmill in Hollyford. It grew in stature as the years went by and at present (2014) it is one of the biggest sawmills in the South of Ireland processing up to one thousand tons of timber weekly with forty people employed.
The motor industry in Hollyford is well served by three garages. Frank Ryan has an excellent car sales business, Dave Shiels, very dependable for service and repairs, and if you have body damage to your car a professional panel beater in Michael Ashton. Also Joe O Connell is our local Oil& Battery distributor with spare parts for tractors and a whole range of other products.
Sixty years ago Hollyford Village had five pubs. To-day just one pub fills its needs. A well run establishment property of Mary and Jimmy Ryan. It caters for all occasions including family events, birthday parties and card playing.
The everyday hub of activity in the Village revolves around the modern shop run by Bridget and Michael Ryan. It stocks everything from, as the saying goes, a needle to an anchor. With the Post Office and News Agency included and the Sawmill nearby, as well as local and passing trade it is of great benefit to the locality.