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Head Of Irish Cancer Research To Visit Templetuohy, Thurles


Dr Robert O’Connor, Head of Cancer Research, Irish Cancer Society.

Proceeds raised in July last, at a ‘Coffee Morning’ in Templetuohy in aid of Cancer Research, will be formally presented to Dr. Robert O’Connor, Head of Cancer Research with the Irish Cancer Society, on Saturday night next, October 1st, 2016, in the Templetuohy Community Centre, (Latter situated at Main Street in the village), at 8.00pm sharp.

As many people will be aware, Dr. Robert O’Connor recently took over as the new Head of Cancer Research with the Irish Cancer Society. He joined the Society from Dublin City University (DCU), having successfully lectured in Biological Sciences in the School of Nursing & Human Sciences and as Senior Programme Leader in Translational Cancer Pharmacology Research at the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology.

A 46 year old family man, whose parents came to reside in Co. Tipperary some ten years ago; Dr. O’Connor is no stranger to Irish TV viewers, having held a significant track record in laboratory cancer research and also extensive experience in the interdisciplinary field of translational cancer research and chemical trials.

During this event Dr. O’Connor will give a short informative lecture, which will be followed immediately by a question and answer session for all those in attendance.

All wishing to attend this free event in Templetuohy Community Centre, are heartedly invited to do so; after which a cup tea will also be served.


Thurles Garda Station – Open Day For Secondary Schools

Thurles Garda Station Open Day for Secondary Schools – Wednesday 7th September 2016 – Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm.


Garda Annette Connolly

Serving Thurles Garda Officer Annette Connolly reports:

Following on from their extremely successful Public Open Day last September (2015), Thurles Garda Station will again host an ‘Open Day’ pacifically targeting Post Primary School students throughout the Thurles Garda District.  This event will cover the areas Borrisleigh, Templemore, Thurles, Ballingarry, Littleton and Killenaule and will take place next Wednesday September 7th 2016 from 9.30am – 4.00pm. The event will target, in particular, attendances from 4th, 5th and 6th year classes.

“We are anxious to make information freely available to young people who may have an interest in policing, not just as a future career, but those also wishing to obtain a clearer understanding of the true role played by An Garda Síochána in local communities throughout the length and breadth of Ireland,”  stated Garda Connolly.

Solely a Thurles Gardaí organised event; off-duty officers of all ranks will be making themselves available at Thurles Garda Station to provide information and answer the many queries from students regarding the day-to-day demands placed on Irish police in their role as guardians of the peace. They will also be joined, where possible, by persons operating other essential services and with whom our police force liaise, often on an hourly basis, e.g. the Ambulance Service & Fire Brigade etc.

Schools who have already confirmed their wish to be in attendance on the day will include:-  St. Mary’s Templemore; Our Lady’s, Templemore; Templemore College; Scoil Naomh Cualan Borrisleigh; Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry; St Kevin’s, Littleton; Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles; Presentation Secondary School, Thurles; Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Castlemeadows, Thurles and Thurles C.B.S.

During next Wednesday’s event expect to see members of the Garda Mounted Unit on the streets around Thurles, together with Tipp FM Radio and Irish TV, who will also be in attendance on the day.

As part of the event on Wednesday next, students will receive information on matters pertaining to Crime Prevention; Garda Training; the Garda Reserve; Thurles Text Alert; ‘Know Your Patch’; ‘AFIS’ (Fingerprinting), and ‘Evidezer’ (Breath Analysis), together with many other interesting facts pertaining to the everyday life of a serving Irish police officer.

In attendance also will be members of the Garda Dog Unit; Regional Armed Response Unit; Drugs Unit; Traffic Unit and Public Order Unit.

All in all this very positive event promises to be a most enjoyable and informative experience for the young people in our society.


Services For People Deaf & Hard Of Hearing

deafhearAlona Troy, Community Resource Officer reports:

The next clinic which offers services for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing will be held on Monday 5th September 2016 next, from 10:00am to 1:00pm in St Mary’s Health Centre, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

This is a free service where you can acquire information regarding hearing loss; guidelines for good communication and information on available equipment for your home, which will help you to hear your doorbell, phone, smoke alarm and television.

They also provide information on Irish Sign Language, Tinnitus and Lip-reading; so do come in and have a chat, with no need for an appointment.

HSE hearing aid tubing can be changed and batteries for all hearing aids can be purchased for €2 for a pack of 6. Family members and local agencies are also welcome to seek advice.

Note: They do not service, fit or issue hearing aids at this clinic.


Thurles – Real Back To School Bargain

pencilsParents, Teachers – Note Bargain of the Week.

‘Crayola Twistable Pencils’ have become increasingly popular with children; also their parents and teachers, in recent years.

No more pencil sharpening and associated mess; you simply twist the top and continue to colour. The only disadvantage however has been the associated price tag, with a set of tenCrayola Twistable Pencils‘ typically retailing at €3.99; both online and in the shops.

However, this week in Tesco Thurles, ‘Crayola Twistable Pencils’ are on sale (while stocks last), for the incredible low price of just €1.29 per pack of 10. That’s cheaper than their no-brand equivalent!

A Real Back to School Bargain Folks!


Help For Tipperary’s 3rd Level Hopefuls

caoFor students nationally and here in Co Tipperary, the National Parents’ Council-Post Primary Leaving Cert Helpline is ready to offer, both students and their parents /guardians, expert tips on the current Central Applications Office (CAO) process. This help will include queries on Points and just about anything else to do with higher and further education, if contacted this morning.

Members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors are on hand to offer advice on third-level entry, apprenticeships, grants, deferrals, Leaving Certificate appeals and various other issues that no doubt can cause much confusion.

This helpline is available by telephoning 1800 265165 from 8.00am to 7.00pm today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday), and again until 1.00pm on Wednesday. They can also be contacted via Email: helpline@npcpp.ie

Some 15,000 Leaving Certificate students have already been approved for College Grants this year, and the Central Applications Office (CAO) has issued some 75,500 Round One offers this morning, following on from and based on the Leaving Cert Results, which were announced last week.

Students hoping to study Engineering, Construction and Technology at third-level will however face an increase in Points, with Engineering rising by 75 points, to 490.

Today’s first round offers covers courses at Levels six, Seven and Eight, and applicants will receive offers from the CAO this morning. Some 41,500 students are expected to receive a Level Eight course offer today, with 34,000 similar offers being made for places on courses at Level Six and Level Seven.