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Forty Two Immediate New Jobs For Co. Tipperary

Deputy Michael Lowry TD.

Today Deputy Michael Lowry TD, will welcome Minister Pat Breen (Fine Gael Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, since June 2017), to Co. Tipperary, where it is confirmed the Minister will announce 42 new jobs for the county.

Minister Breen is currently Chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee and is deputy leader of the Irish Delegation to the Council of Europe.

These roles are based across three companies, in both the North and South of the county; with 21 jobs being created in Mack Engineering, Nenagh; 15 jobs in Horizon Offsite, Cahir, and 6 jobs in Phil Purcell Engineering, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

In a statement Deputy Lowry has said;  “I am delighted that these new jobs have been supported by our Local Enterprise Office in their effort to support local indigenous business. I would like to complement these family owned businesses on the enterprise and initiatives they have shown and the great efforts they make, to sustain and grow their businesses and to develop local employment.”


Death Of Anne Ryan, Formerly Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It is with deep personal regret that I report the death, on Friday 21st September 2018, of Ms Anne Ryan, (retired teacher Ursuline Convent, Thurles) Drom, Templemore, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Croke Gardens, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Ms Ryan is most deeply regretted by her sister Jeanette; brothers Mattie and Monsignor Richard (Stockton, California); brother-in-law John; sister-in-law Maureen; nephews; nieces; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Ms Ryan will repose at Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore, on Wednesday evening, September 26th, from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

Removal will take place on Thursday morning to St. Mary’s Church, Drom, for Requiem Mass at 11.30 am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

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Cancer Week 2018 – Myths Warning From Cancer Research Prof. Robert O’Connor

Cancer Week Ireland 2018 takes place from Monday September 24th to Sunday September 30th.

With cancer rates rising, Head of Irish Cancer Research, Professor Robert O’Connor, has debunked some of the myths around cancer, latter which is one of the main aims of the Irish Cancer Society as it kicks off “Cancer Week 2018”, today.

Professor O’Connor, (whose parents, Kathleen & Ernest O’Connor, reside here in Templetuohy, Co. Tipperary),  points out that the internet is littered with myths about ‘what does’ and ‘does not’ cause cancer; be it the fluoride in our water to our use of mobile phones; neither of which causes cancer.  He points out that a large amount of misinformation comes into the mainstream via unregulated ‘nutritionists’ and so called ‘celebrities’, latter who endorse so-called ‘Superfoods’ or particular fad diets, as being an aid to cancer treatment.

“In reality, strict dietary regimes can do real damage to a cancer patient’s ability to fight their disease”, stated Professor O’ Connor, “with various so-called cancer ‘cures’ being touted online and on social media; with none of these having any evidence base, and are often produced in an unregulated manner, meaning we may not know what is actually contained in them.”

How Do These Myths Arise?
“The challenge is that health misinformation has become big business. A lot of media will spread various information that gets put out, be it research reports or whatever, and unfortunately, it can get very confusing for the average cancer patient. People can mislead individuals with various indications of particular diets they think may cure cancer or even prevent cancer. It can be very challenging for people who are vulnerable”, Professor O’Connor stated.

The Irish Cancer Society is urging people to get their information from reliable sources, such as its Cancer Nurseline (Tel: 1800 200 700); its 13 Daffodil Centres; www.cancer.ie and other fully qualified dieticians and oncologists.

“When someone is diagnosed with cancer, their doctor will outline the necessary medical treatments available to them, but we know most patients, understandably, will seek further information, often obtained online and through social media. Unfortunately, most of this information does not come from qualified professionals and may in fact do more harm than good. When something is wrong, we need to get proper support and guidance from professionals and accurate evidence-based supports”, Professor O’Connor warned.


Erin Foods, Thurles Set For Multi-Million Redevelopment

Former Erin Foods Site, Thurles, Set For Redevelopment With Multi-Million Investment.

Deputy Michael Lowry TD.,has confirmed that Lidl Ireland have agreed contracts with the owner of the former Erin foods site for the purchase of a 2.5 acre section of this prime property.

Lidl group architects Clarman have completed extensive pre planning consultations with Tipperary County council and are currently in the process of lodging a formal planning application.

The proposed planning application will include the demolition and removal of all existing buildings along with clearance of the entire 8.5 acre site. Lidl intend constructing a modern new store of approx. 22,000 sq. ft with associated car parking to be serviced by means of a new entrance.

Deputy Michael Lowry TD.

The project will take 2 years to complete and Lidl have committed where possible to use local material and trades suppliers.

The project will comprise 3 phases with:
Phase 1 of the project being the demolition of the existing buildings and full site clearance. This in itself is a very substantial contract requiring specialist contractors. It involves the removal of huge quantities of asbestos. This is a hazardous waste. There are stringent regulations governing its removal and disposal. I have been assured by Lidl that this sensitive material will be handled in full compliance with International standards.

Phase 2 will involve the construction of a new site entrance.
The site will be accessed by means of a proposed new roadway which will form the initial phase of the inner relief road for Thurles linking Slievenamon Road to the Mill Road. Also to be included as part of the development works are significant improvements to the River walkway at the rear of the site.

Phase 3 is the construction of the new state of the art retail store.
The Lidl decision to locate a new store on the Erin Foods site enables the entire site to be redeveloped. The very substantial investment by Lidl in their new store including infrastructure such as roadways, car parking, water, waste water, power supply and high end IT capability makes the remainder of the site extremely attractive to other potential investors. It creates an exciting opportunity to revitalise a prime site which has been dormant for years.

Deputy Lowry has stated that he has already been in contact with the IDA and Enterprise Ireland to highlight the enormous potential and attractiveness of the remaining 6 acres to companies in need of a fully serviced site.

When the Lidl contract is complete it is the intention of the owner of the remainder of this landmark site to make it publicly available and marketed as an ideal location for office accommodation / research and development facility or manufacturing base. This site will once again be a centre of economic activity and in due course create significant job opportunities.


Death Of Tom O’Halloran, formerly Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death today, Saturday 22nd September 2018, of Mr Tom O’Halloran, Rosebank, Douglas Road, Co. Cork and formerly Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary.

Mr O’Halloran passed away peacefully, while at Ballincollig Community Nursing Unit.   His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Rosalie (nee Ledwith); daughters Mary, Rosemary (O’Connell), Patricia (O’Donovan), Eimear (Nation) and Niamh (Kelly); sons Michael and Tom; sons-in-law Declan, John, Tony and Aidan; daughters-in-law Ber and Carina; twenty grandchildren; two great-grandaughters; sister-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr O’Halloran will repose at  O’Connors Funeral Home, Temple Hill, Boreenmanna Road, Co. Cork, with removal at 6.30pm on Monday evening to St. Columba’s Church, Douglas, Co. Cork.

Requiem Mass will be held at 11.00am on Tuesday, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. John’s Cemetery, Ballinrea, Co. Cork.

Note Please: Family flowers only.

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