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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.


Thurles Gardaí – Encourage School Visits

Thurles Community Garda Annette Connolly, Tipperary Division, reports on Thurles District School Visits

Attention School Parent Councils; School Principals; Teachers & Parents.

Thurles Community Gardaí are working extremely hard to encourage and increase school visits. They believe (indeed it is their ethos) that school visits by members of An Garda Síochána are the first positive rapport, in building interaction with many young people. “So much can be achieved by this positive contact”, stated Garda Connolly.


A small section of children & parents who flocked to the successful Thurles Garda Open Day last September.

Garda Connolly continued, “Into the future as young people get older they may witness a crime; be an injured party to a crime; or even be a suspect in a crime. They may remember the positive impact that a school visit from An Garda Síochána had and thus assist with investigations. To this end, Gardaí are endeavouring to visit as many Primary, Post Primary and Montessori Schools in the Thurles District as is possible”.

The topics Gardaí cover during these visits are based on the Community Relations approved lesson plans covering Personal Safety; Cyber Bullying; ‘Connect with Respect’; Substance Abuse; Role of the Garda; Vandalism and Road Safety.

They are fortunate and grateful that the Southern Regional Dog unit are assisting them on some of these school visits. Young people always warm to the Dog Unit and are always intrigued how dogs assist Gardaí in their everyday investigations.

Following on from their most successful ‘Open Day‘ last September 2015 here in Thurles; in September 2016, Thurles Garda station intend to hold yet another open day for all Post Primary Schools in the Tipperary Division.

You can contact Thurles Gardaí at Tel: (0504) 25100.


Tipperary – Kick For Kolkata

A 25 year old primary school teacher, Mr Kevin O’Riordan, from Killea, near Templemore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, has taken on the challenge of kicking points at all 1,616 GAA clubs in the 32 counties of Ireland. His aim; to raise money for the children of Kolkata in India, where he will return again for five weeks during the summer of 2016.


Aided by the co-operation of GAA county boards and local clubs, Kevin begins his daily exercise at about 7.15am and ends at 6.30pm. He began his Kickathon on August 29th last, photographing his presence at every GAA club in which he records kicking a point.

Back in June 2014, Mr O’Riordan qualified volunteering to work with the Froebel/HOPE Partnership to help children in Kolkata, (meaning ‘Field of [the goddess] Kali’.) formerly Calcutta and capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Here exists areas of slum-like conditions similar to that experienced by Mother Teresa. Each evening Kevin watched the children being taught under his care, go back onto the streets begging, with every rupee they received being taken off them by supreme overlords skulking nearby.

Having returned to Ireland, Kevin decided to raise money for the HOPE Foundation. Last August he set off to “Kick a point on every GAA pitch over the 32 counties of Ireland”, as well as seek sponsorship from clubs, supporters and the general public.

As stated, Kevin will return to Kolkata in June and you can follow his progress on KickForKolkata Facebook page, while assisting him in his fund-raising efforts at www.gofundme.com/mgx2b8pm.


LIT Thurles Students Scoop Awards At Games Fleadh 2016

Three LIT Thurles students have been recognised for their achievements in game design and development at Games Fleadh 2016, an all-island games design and development competition for third-level students.


Winning LIT Thurles Students; David Morton, Samantha Marah and Samuel MacSweeney at Thurles Games Fleadh 2016.

Supported by Microsoft Ireland, EA Games, Ubisoft and the Irish Computer Society, the 13th annual Games Fleadh event took place on March 9th on LIT’s Thurles campus which is home to the B.Sc in Computing in Games Design and Development.

Event organisers reported their busiest year yet with over 29 teams taking part in various game design and development competitions. The entries were viewed, played and tested by over 400 members of the general public who attended the event.

A stellar cast of judges reviewed the entries and scored the students on their creations. The judges included John Romero the creator of Doom, representatives from EA Games and Snozbot.

David Morton, a 4th year LIT student, won ‘Best in Game Play’ and ‘Best Windows Phone Game’ for his game ‘Pirates vs Aliens’. Samantha Marah and Samuel MacSweeney, both 2nd year students, were awarded ‘Best in Original Digital Art’ and ‘Best in Original Story’ for their game ‘Pixel Pirate Defense’.

Speaking about Games Fleadh 2016, event organiser and lecturer at LIT’s Game Design and Development degree in Thurles Dr. Liam Noonan said, “Games Fleadh was a fantastic event and it showcased the emerging Irish game design and development talent out there. We were delighted with the achievements of our Games Design and Development students.”

Visit www.gamesfleadh.ie for more.