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Applications Open For Early Years Capital Funding

Some €4m of taxpayer funding is being allocated to providing improved childcare services nationally.  This new funding is expected to help put further infrastructure in place in an effort to support plans to convert Ireland’s expensive childcare system into one that is both practical and paramount to our country’s future needs.

The 2017 Early Years Capital Funding programme is to be made available to childcare centres, crèches and other early year services under three strands:
Strand 1: Additional childcare places with €3 million in funding allocated.
Strand 2: Provision for building improvements and maintenance expected to see €500,000 in allocated funding.
Strand 3: Provision of natural outdoor play areas will see an allocation of €500,000.

Some 30% of families are expected to qualify, according to Early Childhood Ireland; benefiting directly either from targeted or universal subsidies. However, the non-means-tested payment will only apply until the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme kicks in at the age of three.

Note: An estimated 40% of families use family relatives to undertake their childcare requirements, thus it is not currently feasible to make this scheme relevant to them.

The maximum household net income (after deductions of various taxes, pension contributions, USC and PRSI and other allowable deductions) is €47,500 a year.

The newly announced scheme will come into effect from September 2017. Qualifying families are expected to start directly benefiting next Autumn with the subsidy paid direct to the provider of the childcare.

Between now and September next is considered sufficient time to sort out any /all operational details with those offering childcare provision.

We understand ‘Pobal‘ will be responsible for administering this programme and Tipperary Childcare Providers are being urged to make their applications.  The submission process officially opened on Friday last and will close at 3.00pm on Friday 21st April next.

Grant outcomes can be expected to be announced next June and all endowments awarded must be fully spent and reported to Pobal, not later than 30th November 2017.


Busiest Year Yet At LIT Thurles Games Fleadh 2017

LIT Thurles Campus

Some fifteen LIT Thurles students in total have been recognised for their achievements in game design and development at Games Fleadh 2017.

The Games Fleadh is an annual all-island games design and development competition for third-level students. Same took place on March 8th last on LIT’s Thurles campus; latter home to a B.Sc in Computing in Games Design and Development.

The 14th annual Games Fleadh event was once again supported by Microsoft Ireland; EA Games; First Data; Game Sparks; Game Stop and the Irish Computer Society.

With over 30 teams taking part in various game design and development competitions, the event organisers are happy to report 2017 as their busiest year yet. All entries were viewed, played and tested by over 400 members of the general public, who flocked to the event.

Judges included representatives from EA Games, Game Sparks, and First Data, who each reviewed the individual entries; scoring the students on their game creations.

Fourth year Game Development students Declan Cordial, James Walsh and Shane Hayes with their entry ‘Fragments of the Damned’ won ‘Best in Original Audio Music’.

Third year Game Development students Joe O’Regan, Sean Horgan and Brian Ryan won ‘Best Windows Game’ with their entry ‘AntiBody’.  Another 3rd year Game Development team made up of visiting Canadian students Christopher Law, Noah Petrides, and Settimio Falsetto, were awarded ‘Best in Team Performance’ for their game ‘LightWave’.

Second year Game Development students Alex McAllister, Eoghain McGrath, Luke O’Brien and Nathan Dunne, were awarded ‘Best in Game Design’ for their game ‘I Wanna Be A Racing Game’.

First years LIT’s Robocode Team comprising of students Ciaran Bent, Rory Ryan and Owen O’Dea were placed 3rd in the national Robocode Competition, which involved programming software tanks using the programming language Java.

Congratulations to all those competing.


Skeleton Of Tipperary Giant To Remain In Trinity College

Cornelius Magrath the Silvermines Co. Tipperary giant.

Trinity College Dublin claim that they have no immediate plans to release the skeleton of a giant, born in March 1736, near the Silvermines, Nenagh, Co Tipperary to assist in his burial.

Cornelius Magrath who suffered from gigantism was 7ft 3in tall when he died in 1760. Legend recalls that Trinity students stole his body the day he died and it has been kept at the University ever since.

Of course body snatching was a lucrative business back in the 18th century  and those who were involved were often called “resurrectionists” or “resurrection-men”, who often benefited on the double, stealing personal effects from the corpses sold on for dissection or anatomy lectures in medical schools. Because the only bodies legally available for medical dissection back then were the remains of executed criminals, demand soon outpacing supply.

Such body snatching activity possibly lends itself to the use of the phrase “The Graveyard Shift”.  Graveyards started running out of places to bury people. So coffins were often dug up and bones sent to a “bone-house” allowing for the reuse of grave space. When opening such coffins, it was discovered that a considerable number were found to have scratch marks on the inside lid, confirming that individuals were being burying alive. Based on this evidence it was agreed that a piece of string be tied to the wrist of certain corpses; to be lead through the coffin and up through the ground before being tied to a bell. An individual would sit out in the graveyard all night (the “graveyard shift”) to listen for bell; sounds, hence someone could be “saved by the bell” or was considered to be a “dead ringer.”

The Magrath skeleton today is viewed only by those doing research and continues to inspire scholarship through teaching a great many students, scientists, professors and experts studying his disease.

While it is claimed that Tipperary locals are calling on Cornelius’s skeleton to be released for burial; certainly Thurles.Info has heard nothing about it and Trinity College have released a statement also confirming it also had not been approached by any Tipperary individuals who are requesting his burial. The University in the past admits putting Cornelius’s skeleton on public display, but there are no plans for such similar displays into the future; leaving Cornelius to be only visited by medical students or associated groups involved in research or other educational activities.

Looks like our Dublin Media were stuck for front page sensationalism and national debate again.

You can read all about the Tipperary Giant Cornelius Magrath simply by clicking HERE


Tipperary Garda Road Division Safety Seminar – 16th & 17th February 2017

On Thursday 16th & Friday 17th February 2017, a Road Safety Seminar focusing on raising road safety awareness for Transition Year students, will be held at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) St. Patrick’s Campus, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Students from the Districts of Thurles and Nenagh will be in attendance on both days. This is the 7th successive year that this event has taken place, however it is the first time it is being held outside of the Garda Síochána College.

“Previously the event was held at the Garda Training College in, Templemore, however due to the recent increase in Garda students, the college will be unable to facilitate us this year. We are very fortunate to have such an excellent location at MIC, St. Patrick’s Campus Thurles on our doorstep. The College have been very gracious in allowing us to use their facilities for such an important event,” stated Forensic Collision Investigator, Garda Murphy.

Across these two days, the seminar will be attended by Transition Year students from:

St. Joseph’s College, Borrisoleigh – 16th February.
Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Thurles – 16th February.
Coláiste Phobail Ros Cre, Roscrea – 16th February.
Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore – 16th February.
St. Mary’s Secondary School, Nenagh – 16th February.
Scoil Ruáin, Killenaule – 17th February.
St. Mary’s Secondary School, Newport – 17th February.
St. Joseph’s C.B.S., Nenagh – 17th February.

Approximately 200 students are expected to be in attendance on each of the two days. An additional 25 persons will also be in attendance on both days to include, guest speakers, VIP’s and teachers. The event is expected to commence at 10.00am on each day, ending at 3.00pm.

“As this seminar is focussing on Road Safety, we have invited a number of subject relevant guests to participate. These will include representatives from the Road Safety Authority, An Garda Síochána Traffic Corps, The National Ambulance Service and a serious injury collision survivor.”

“The event has been a huge success in the past and has received very positive feedback in promoting road safety and in turn helping to reduce serious and fatal road traffic collisions.”

“The management of the Mary Immaculate College are excited at the opportunity to permit An Garda Síochána to host this event on their campus in Thurles. It is the first large event to be hosted on the campus since Mary Immaculate took control approximately two years ago,” concluded Garda Murphy.


BARDEN Appoint Thurles Lady As Partner Over Executive Search Business

Sandra & George with children (L-R) Ava, Tim & Cora.

BARDEN, Career Partners to the Accounting, Tax & Financial Services Community in Ireland, are delighted to announce the appointment of Thurles born M/s Sandra Quinn, as Partner over their Executive Search business.

Daughter of retired parents Mr Tim and Mrs Joan Quinn, Stradavoher, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; M/s Quinn was educated at the Presentation Convent, Thurles, before going on to study with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland; obtaining a Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) from the Waterford Institute of Technology.

In her newest appointment she will primarily be responsible for senior level finance appointments in Leinster and will also work on retained strategic assignments at an executive level for key BARDEN clients.

In announcing the new appointment, Mr Ed Heffernan (Managing Partner, Barden) stated, “Appointing M/s Quinn as a partner in BARDEN was a very easy decision. Her training, qualifications, experience, credibility and ethics are second to none. Sandra will be a great ambassador for BARDEN and is perfectly positioned to support our clients and our professional community, on senior appointments”

M/s Quinn currently resides in Italy with her partner George (A Ryanair Captain –  flying out of Bergamo Airport), and their three children, Ava (aged 4), Cora (aged 3) and Tim (aged 1).

She commenced her career in recruitment in 2010 and since then has worked on a large number of significant assignments in the areas of finance, holding roles from Financial Controller to Business Development Manager; both locally and internationally.  In her new role, Sandra will be recruitment partner to senior professionals in the Leinster area; offering advice, support and opportunities at Executive and Director levels. Typical assignments will include: CFO, Finance Director, Corporate Finance Director, Practice Director/Partner and a variety of other coursework across Industry, Financial Services and Practice.

Contacted at her home in Italy yesterday, M/s Quinn stated that she was very excited to be taking on this new challenge in BARDEN. “It will be a real privilege to work on senior finance appointments with the support of Managing Partners Ed & Elaine. Together as a team we will be able to offer a truly bespoke service to the senior finance community.” concluded M/s Quinn.

We wish M/s Quinn every future success in her new appointment.