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Templemore’s Rachel Ryan Takes Gold In Loker Stadium

rachel-ryan-soiMassive congratulations to top athlete Miss Rachel Ryan who was first to cross the finish line, taking a gold medal in the track events at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

Miss Ryan aged 26 and a native of Templemore in Co. Tipperary, who was running in the 400 metres event at Loker Stadium, also posted a personal best time in her race this afternoon in 30 degree heat.

“I’m very happy and excited, I didn’t think I was going to come first, but I guess when you don’t think a thing it ends up happening. So I’m very excited,”  Miss Ryan stated.

Miss Ryan’s Gold, up to time of my writing, now brings to 22 the number of medal’s secured by the Irish Team at this year’s Summer Games.

M/s Ailish Smyth, head athletics coach, stated that she was thrilled with the performance of her athletics contenders.

These 2015 Special Olympics Summer games will continue until August 2nd, with athletes from across Ireland competing in 12 different disciplines.

New ‘Colette Fitzpatrick Show’ Goes On Air Sunday Next

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Colette Fitzpatrick

The broadcasting team at Newstalk (106 – 108fm) confirmed yesterday that Tipperary native Colette Fitzpatrick will be joining the broadcasting team at Marconi House to present a new Sunday morning Radio Show.

The new ‘Colette Fitzpatrick Show‘, which is sponsored by Marks & Spencer, will go out on air on Ireland’s National Independent Talk Radio with her show for the first time this coming Sunday (August 2nd) at 9:00am.

M/s Fitzpatrick’s new show will include discussions, expert advice, high profile interviews together with topics including psychology, women’s health and well-being, parenting, book reviews and of course TV.

The Co. Tipperary native, who gained her journalism degree from DIT Aungier Street originally began work at the now named East Coast FM radio station in Co Wicklow. She also spent time working at Today FM, before making the move to TV3 television in 2001.

Presently the 40-year-old mum-of-two is a household name, being one of TV3’s main news anchors and presenting daily news bulletins from the Ballymount station for the past fourteen years, together with hosting the prime time current affairs show ‘Midweek’ every Wednesday and writing her weekly column with ‘The Herald’ newspaper.

The TV hostess and natural beauty was married on May 16th 2009 at Holycross Abbey, Thurles, to Station Director Niall McDermott and the couple are parents to a son Milo (aged 5 in Nov.) and a daughter Olivia (aged 2).

Confirmation Of Repairs To Local Rural Upland Roads

W.KennedyTipperary Councillor Mr Willie Kennedy has confirmed tonight that following his ongoing representations, the following road repairs will be undertaken with immediate effect by Tipperary County Council.

In a statement Cllr. Kennedy said: “It has been confirmed to me personally that the road from Stouke to Whitepound Cross near Drumbane, Thurles, will be resurfaced in the coming weeks.
I can also confirm today that the following named roads will also receive much needed repair works, e.g. the road at Cloneyross and Gortahoola near Drumbane, Thurles; Gortakelly near Upperchurch, Thurles; Glentane near Borrisoleigh, Thurles and Ballypatrick, near Bouladuff, Thurles.  All these repairs will commence within the coming weeks.

Apologising for any inconvenience caused during these necessary repairs, shortly to be undertaken, Cllr. Kennedy continued; “These roads have had no repair works undertaken so far this year and these forthcoming improvements are therefore most welcome. I will continue to make representations to the council for the inclusion of these same roads in the new 3 year Road Programme, latter which is currently being compiled by the Council and expected to be fully finalised later this year.”

For further information and updates contact Cllr. Willie Kennedy at Tel: 0504-52122.

Thurles Credit Union Members Cash Draw Winners July

Credit-UnionThurles Credit Union held their monthly Members’ Cash Draw at Credit Union House, Parnell Street, Thurles, on Saturday last, July 25th 2015.

The monthly computer generated draw choose four lucky winners, who collectively won cash prizes totalling €13,000 this month.

The first lucky cash prize winner was M/s Martina Woodlock, Cloughmartin, Thurles, Co. Tipperary who won €10,000.

Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 went respectively to M/s Mary Walsh, Kennedy Park, Thurles; Mr Paddy and M/s Catherine Fogarty, Ard Carraig, Thurles and finally Mr John Heeney, Bohernamona Road, Thurles.

Congratulations to all of the above July 2015 Thurles Credit Union winning members.

Thurles Active Travel Town Scheme Funding Under Fire

Environment Minister Alan Kelly has come under fire from Fine Gael Louth TD Fergus O’Dowd, for allegedly doling out more than €1.5 million in unmarked grants to three towns in his own constituency.

According to Mr. O’Dowd TD, the Co. Tipperary politician was put in charge of allocating funding for a campaign to get commuters walking and cycling instead of driving, while then Transport Minister. However, prior to the local elections in May 2014, Minister Kelly gave some €1.5 million from the Active Travel Town Scheme Fund to the towns of Tipperary, Clonmel and Thurles, instead of other listed areas identified by an independent assessment group and which were deemed to be in greater need.

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€510,000 Active Travel Town Scheme Funding announced for Thurles by Minister Alan Kelly in April 2014

These revelations come about following the release of an independent scoring system made available under the Freedom of Information, which show that an independent assessment group had already pinpointed these funded projects for other areas.

Dozens of applications were received from towns all over the country for a €6.5 million Active Travel Fund. Mr Kelly, who was then Transport Minister at the time, gave most of the funding to the six highest-scoring small and medium-sized towns, in line with the group’s original recommendations. However he departed from the original scoring system to dole out €1.5million for projects in Thurles, Tipperary and Clonmel all in his own newly enlarged constituency.

The independent assessment expert group gave the Thurles project just 56 marks out of 100, saying it had “little in the line of behavioural change” to get people walking and cycling instead of using their motor vehicles.

To date, over one year later, none of the allocated funding of €510,000 for Thurles, which was first announced in April 2014, has been spent.

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