Sanction has been granted for 400 new recruits to enter the Irish Defence Forces. Latter will return the Army, Navy and Air Corps back up to 9,500 personnel.
Irish Defence Minister Mr Alan Shatter has confirmed that recruitment will begin immediately and he aims to ensure the Defence Forces retain the maximum flexibility to undertake, in particular, challenging overseas missions.
Currently Irish troops are engaged in major missions abroad i.e. Lebanon and Syria and Ireland has military commitments in some 14 other different countries, the greatest ever level of international operations.
The new 400 recruit intake will be further supplemented by some 500 new recruits for inclusion in the Reserve Defence Forces.
This recruitment campaign has already been uploaded on the Defence Forces website, following recent re-organisation and retirements and online application forms are available, however no salary is disclosed.
The selection process is expected to begin within five weeks time.
The new Tipperary film “The Minnitts of Anabeg,” will receive a screening at the Source Arts Centre, Thurles, this day week, on Thursday, March 13th beginning at 8.00pm sharp.
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This excellent film production (Writer/Director Alan Brown, UK/Ireland, 2013, 105 mins) was made on a micro budget and filmed around Nenagh and Thurles, here in Co Tipperary, using localised and very talented actors from amateur drama groups representing Nenagh Players and our own much enjoyed award winning Thurles Drama Group.
The film “The Minnitts of Anabeg,” tells the true and factual story of the Minnitt family and the generations who lived in Anabeg house near Nenagh, from the 1600′s to the early 1900′s. The Film focuses in particular on one Joshua Minnitt, latter a prominent landowner living around the period of the Great Famine era (1845 -1849) and his assistance in helping the local impoverished community through that tragic, black period in our Irish history.
While managing to greatly assist and save a community, Joshua Minnitt failed however to save his own family. His only son against his wishes married a local Catholic girl resulting in the former being disinherited.
The film’s factual storyline however is not just a tale dominated by religious bigotry, but is also an account of a family torn apart by politics and power.
The soundtrack for this film was written by Roscrea music composer Thersa Larkin, while the original Anabeg House building was used as the film’s main location. Other scenes were filmed at locations here in Thurles, at St Mary’s Famine Museum and at Nenagh Convent, latter which still has a laundry room from the days of the old workhouse regime.
Tickets: Tickets for this Thurles screening of a Tipperary based production cost just €10/€8 conc. available from The Source – Tel: (0504) 90204.
This is a must see event for lovers of real romance, drama, history and in particular Tipperary history, not to mention real local Tipperary talent performing on screen.
DVD: A limited edition DVD will also be available to purchase on the night.
It has been confirmed that the counting of votes for the newly unified Tipperary County Council elections will be held for the first time in Thurles.
County election executives have decided to hold the count for the five electoral areas in the Presentation Convent, Cathedral Street, in Thurles. Previously the counting of votes in respect of both North Riding and South Riding Tipperary were held jointly in the towns of Nenagh and Clonmel respectively.
Ballot papers for the European elections will be checked and forwarded to the regional centre in Cork for inclusion in the Ireland South Constituency.
This venue is seen as ideal for purpose, since Thurles Town is situated centrally in this shortly to be amalgamated county authority area.
The tourism group Hidden Tipperary, under the Chairmanship of Mr Tom Noone, had recently highlighted the need for Thurles town to be viewed / identified, by both Local and National Government, as an existing central location, especially with regard to the availability of public services.
It is expected that up to 90 staff should be employed on the day to count the votes for this new 40 seat county authority, however it is expected that the ‘usual suspects’ will be rounded up to undertake this electoral task, namely retired Bank officials, Teachers, Gardaí, Civil Servants and their respective wives, latter also already in receipt of generous pensions from the Irish State.
However if you are currently unemployed, we suggest that you contact the Court Registrar, Nelson Street, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, Tel: 052-6129183, (Mr. Gerard Connolly Office Manager) and register yourself as being available to participate in this “Nice little earner.”
Note: At any possible future interview, be positive and point out that you are aware that our present Government is a “Caring Government” and devoted to “Taking care of the vulnerable and less well off in our society.”
To Ireland’s great shame we learn that one of the first of two White-tailed Eagles (Haliaeetus albicillato) to fledge successfully from their nest in Co Clare, here in the west of Ireland, has been found shot dead in Co Tipperary.
A post-mortem examination carried out on this magnificent bird’s remains clearly shows it was killed by a blast from a shotgun cartridge, with between 45 to 50 pellets remaining in its body. The impact of the shot broke one of the birds legs and a wing, as well as causing damage to the main torso resulting in the bird being totally grounded, possibly for some days after the shooting, unable to walk and before actually dying both from malnutrition as well as its overall sustained injuries.
This particular bird, a young male eagle, was reared by a pair of White-tailed Eagles at a nest on Lough Derg, near Mountshannon, Co Clare, directly across the lake from the village of Portroe, Nenagh, Co Tipperary and successfully flew from its nest in July 2013 last. This bird was one of the first chicks born from the high profile reintroduction programme which began way back in 2007, with the release of young Norwegian eagles, as part of the White-tailed eagle reintroduction programme.
The diet of this bird is varied, but water-based birds, mammals and fish found close to the surface of water are its potential prey. During lean winter months it will feast on carrion such as dead marine mammals, dead livestock and has also been known to eat dead humans, but latter only out of sheer necessity.
The hatching of this bird, latter fully protected by Irish law, had marked a special day for Irish nature conservation and those many people who support such efforts throughout Ireland.
Gardaí at Nenagh are fully investigating the death of this ‘White-tailed Eagle’ and anyone with information should contact Nenagh Garda Station on Tel: 067-50450.
Gardaí have arrested twelve people as part of their investigations targeting a specific organised crime gang involved in burglaries in the South East of Ireland. These arrests follow organised raids on dozens of houses and flats across several counties today, including Co Tipperary.
Thearrests are understood to have taken place as a result of “Operation Munster,” latter set up to target organised criminals suspected of carrying out burglaries in Ireland’s south east region.
In all, Gardaí raided over 40 properties across Co Tipperary and the neighbouring counties of Kilkennyand Waterford. Gardaí were backed up by armed members of the Regional Support Unit and Customs officers and seized property stolen which included jewellery, cash, electronic equipment and other items of value.
Also as part of the lead up to today’s operation a number of bank accounts, held by known gang members involved in crime, have been now frozen. It is also understood that Gardaí in recent days have recovered eight shotguns possibly stolen in the Clonmel area of Tipperary.
Of the 12 persons arrested (nine men and three women), two have been released without charge and two have been arrested on warrants and transferred to prison, while the remaining eight are currently being detained and questioned at various Garda stations under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.