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Advocacy In Action Event

Tipperary Dyspraxia Association & Tipperary Dyslexic Peer Support Groups

“Making Tipperary a great place for children and young people to grow up”

Following up on the very successful ‘Advocacy & Awareness Event’ held on November 11th 2016, at the Horse & Jockey Hotel Thurles, Co. Tipperary; the Tipperary Dyspraxia Association & Tipperary Dyslexia Support Groups (which are funded and facilitated by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership (NTLP) under their ‘Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme’ (SICAP), have organised ‘Advocacy In Action’.

This event will provide a platform for everyone with an interest in hidden disabilities, to come along and highlight the challenges facing children and young people with dyslexia and/or dyspraxia and how same can be addressed.

This information will feed into the Children & Young Peoples Services Committee Work Plan 2017-2019. This upcoming event will take place on Friday evening next April 28th 2017, beginning sharp at 7.00pm, in the Moycarkey Borris Sports Complex, situated on the Ballybeg Road, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Agenda Includes:-
Speaker 1: Mr Donald Ewing, Head of Psychological & Educational Services Dyslexia Ireland
Speaker 2: M/s Aine O’Dea, Hamna Shida Psychological Services (to be confirmed).

There will be a Tea/Coffee Break, with a division into small discussion groups facilitated by Stephanie Duffy from Focus Facilitation. This discussion will later be summarized by feeding back findings from each small group, thus evaluating ideas towards what should be the next steps to be put into practise.

For further information: Tel: 0504 90579 or email: treception@ntlp.ie.
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Wanton Destruction Of Rural Unique History & Culture

Fáilte Ireland announced that €11.5m is to be invested in the refurbishment of ten key OPW sites in Dublin and within Ireland’s Ancient East region. But then of course the OPW Heritage Services work in partnership with this same Fáilte Ireland, so no great surprises here. It was simply a case of tourism revenues earned by the OPW, being given back to the OPW.

It is not really the distribution of funding that actually bothers me, after all Co Tipperary got a share; Ormond Castle were granted €585,000, while the Rock of Cashel were granted €1.78m.

Gobán Saor’s cat rapidly eroding.

Of course, the area within a 33 miles radios of Dublin’s popular O’Connell street, as usual, got the majority of funding; yes over €8m in total.  This included €3m towards a new museum and viewing platform in ‘The Record Tower’ at Dublin Castle; €300,000 towards a Phoenix Park tourism and amenity study. Twenty-five miles’ away the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre got €2.58m; and thirty three miles away Newgrange got €1m and Knowth €1.4m.

This Fáilte Ireland funding announced earlier this month, when truly examined, certainly represents a true strategic partnership with the OPW, if you know what I mean. Plus, as Fáilte Ireland point out, our Irish tourism sector after all currently sustains 220,000 (minimum wage) jobs, while generating an estimated €6bn in economic value per year to the State.

As already stated, it is not really this unequal distribution of funding that actually bothers me, no my fear centres around the wanton destruction of our local unique history and culture, which provides that strong incentive in bringing people to our shores. To get to the crux of this matter perhaps I need to explain further.

Tourists who visit Ireland are not exactly attracted by our weather, rather a huge percentage of foreign visitors are incentivised to holiday on our island, because of our wild, unspoilt, scenic beauty and remarkable ancient history. While most of our history is protected in museums, much more remains totally unprotected.

Archer Tomb Date 1520. Present condition in 2017.

Here in Thurles town Co. Tipperary, alone, numerous pieces of our rich heritage lie unprotected from weather erosion. Year by year, with the passing of each season; rain, wind, frost, snow and even sunshine, all ploy and conspire to shorten and destroy the future life of centuries old rare historical artefacts. Private funding offered, to protect this heritage, are resolutely refused, however funding is being (alas to late), provided to carry out photogrammetry surveys. See HERE and HERE.

The world was outraged in May 2015 when ISIS militants destroyed some of the historic buildings in the ancient city of Palmyra, located in war-torn Syria; which in the past flourished as a Roman trading outpost around A.D. 200. While this similarity is perhaps extreme, the same situation is being allowed to happen to valuable history in rural Ireland.

Dublin not only get the employment opportunities now-a-days it would appear, but into the future, only within a 50 mile radius of our capital city, will limited history survive, courtesy of Fáilte Ireland’s neglect of rural Ireland.

We rightly worry about the disappearance of Banks, Post Offices, Garda Stations, Hospitals and Public Transport from rural Ireland, now our politicians can add tourist attractions to this ever-growing list; while into the future the actual visitor.

Incidentally, those of you who reside abroad and continue to retain close links with Thurles, Co. Tipperary, you can purchase a cast, (at reasonable cost), of the Thurles Goban Saor’s cat with two tails, shown above, from HERE. Same will ensures one hell of a talking point for visitors to your home, when hanging on your sitting-room wall.

We will be talking about this Gobán Saor’s cat in the coming days.


Tipperary Primary Schools Excluded From DEIS

DEIS Exclusion

Five primary schools from Tipperary town, represented by some 100 school pupils, teachers, and their parents, travelled to Dublin city yesterday, to protest at their exclusion from the DEIS scheme (Delivering Equality of opportunity In Schools), latter which allocates additional resources to disadvantaged schools.

Each of the five primary schools protesting all believe they meet the necessary criteria for full inclusion in this scheme.

In February last an extra 79 schools were granted DEIS status, however Tipperary schools were not included in the final shake up. They together with some 90 other schools, have now formally queried this allocation process to the Department of Education.

The school principals state that while the Department of Education officials informed them that their particular establishments appear to meet DEIS criteria, they will not currently be included in the scheme. This is received by those protesting as a gross injustice being handed out to Tipperary town pupils.

During their protest the five schools delivered a letter of protest for the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton, which fully outlined their trepidations.


Death Of Tim Hoare, Penane, Loughmore, Tipp.

It is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 25th April 2017, of Mr Tim Hoare, Penane, Loughmore, Templemore, Co. Tipperary.   Mr Hoare passed away following a long illness, most bravely borne.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his devoted wife Mary; his daughter Brid; son-in-law Tom; sisters Mary, Nancy and Bridie; grandchildren Liam and Tadhg; brother-in-law Pat; nephews; nieces; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Hoare will repose tomorrow, Thursday, at Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore, from 6.00pm, with removal at 8.00pm to the Church of The Nativity of Our Lady, Loughmore, to arrive at 8.45pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on the following day, Friday at 11.30am, followed immediately afterwards by interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Dept Of Agriculture Lift Bird Flu Restrictions

Health chiefs at the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have lifted confinement restrictions relating to the H5N8 bird flu. They confirm it is no longer a legal requirement to confine poultry and other birds under the emergency measures against the dreaded avian influenza threat.

This threat saw not just farmyard poultry, but also birds at Dublin Zoo removed from public view, e.g. flamingos, penguins, and ostriches.

The initial curfew was imposed following confirmation of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in a wild duck, found in Co. Wexford late last year and also in a migrating Whooper Swan, found near the village of Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary, in January 2017.

But the Department said today it has decided to lift the confinement because there has been no further cases of bird flu confirmed in wild birds for the last eight weeks. This decision is further based on other factors, including rising temperatures and the now reduction of migratory birds.

A Department of Agriculture spokesman has confirmed that bird owners can now allow their poultry access to open areas, but should continue to remain vigilant, monitoring their birds for any signs of disease which in theory could still be transmitted to their flock by wild birds. In particular, over the coming weeks, birds should still be fed indoors or under cover where at all feasible.

Producers of previously branded free range chickens and eggs; which had been barred from using the “free range”  logo; can return, as and from next Tuesday onwards, to again use their previous branding, for all eggs produced and all poultry slaughtered.