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Thurles Credit Union Members Cash Draw

Anne-Graham-O-ConnorThe lucky winner of the Thurles Credit Union July 2014 Cash Draw has been named as Ann Graham O’Connor, Ballybeg, Littleton, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Pictured here (left) at the presentation are Ann Graham O’Connor (Winner) and Michael Harty (Business Development Manager, TCU).

Note:  Sweet Deals on Student Loans from Thurles Credit Union

I spoke to Michael, following this presentation, on the issues now facing students and their parents preparing for third level college registration fees, together with the very significant day-to-day costs of attending college.

Michael was quick to point out that Thurles Credit Union are keenly aware of this huge financial burden. He stated “Thurles Credit Union are available to support both parents and students, as they prepare for the upcoming academic year.”  He stated, “I would encourage anyone who is looking to finance their education or who simply want some advice on planning ahead or budgeting assistance for same, to call into us here in Parnell Street, Thurles and speak to a member of our staff. 

He continued “Planning ahead after all is the best way to prepare for these often unexpected fees and overall costs.”

Third Level Student Grants

img-susi-logoThird level students in association with their parents/guardians residing in Tipperary and elsewhere, latter who may be hoping to receive grant funding for their next student academic year, are being urged to immediately submit their applications before August 1st 2014.

The Students Universal Support Ireland, better known as SUSI, state that those applying will also need to send in all relevant documentation to support any future request. Some 100,000 applications for the new 2014/2015 academic year are expected and 75,000 applications to-date have now been received.

The closing date for all applications for such Third Level Grants will expire one week from tomorrow (Friday).

Spokesperson for SUSI, Mr Graham Doyle, has warned that people should now submit their applications at the earliest possible convenience, prior to the stated closing date, thus avoiding inevitable and unnecessary delays or even indeed disappointment.

Tipperary Student Wins Bronze In Taipei

r-tynanNineteen-year-old Mr Richard Tynan, a student from the Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, took a bronze medal at the prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Taipei, Taiwan last week.

The 26th International Olympiad in Informatics was held in Taipei, Taiwan, from the 13th to 20th of July 2014 and this event annually represents the pinnacle of computer programming at secondary-school level with over 311 students from 82 countries attending this year’s event; their mission to solve six complex algorithmic problems over a two day period. Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning.

Previously Richard, a native of Portarlington, Co. Laois, had taken first place in the Senior Individual Technology Section for his project ‘Advanced Modelling and Infilling Algorithms for 3d Printing’ at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Competition.

He also won the Analog Devices Technology Award, for the student who showed outstanding achievement in technology, winning an all expenses trip to San Francisco, Silicon Valley and to Stanford University.

Mr Gary Conway who led this year’s Irish delegation in Taipei, is delighted with Richard’s win of Ireland’s first IOI medal in five years.

Richard has now been invited to study computer science at the University of Cambridge in England.

St. Patrick’s College Thurles – Irish Summer Camp

An Irish Summer Camp, ‘Bí Réidh’ (Translation ‘Be Ready’) will be held this summer here in St. Patrick’s College in Thurles.

Two weekly camps will run from 28th July1st August and from 11th August15th August. These camps will be non residential and will run from 9.00am to 6.00pm each day.

The aim of Bí Réidh is to prepare students for the certificate examinations held in Irish, and will include the development of aural and oral skills using enjoyable and innovative methods while at the same time cultivating a love of our Irish language.

This is a total immersion programme encouraging both the understanding and also the use of the Irish language in a wide variety of social settings and fun activities.

Note Course Dates
Course A – 28th JULY – 1st AUGUST 2014 – for current first and second year students.
Course B – 11th AUGUST – 15th AUGUST 2014 – for current transition and fifth year students.

Venue: As stated St Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Time: 9.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Do keep in mind that ‘Bí Réidh’ is a non-residential course.
Course Fee: €150 per pupil per week (inclusive).

Ursuline Convent Fittest School Girls In Ireland

ursuline crestIts official; Ireland’s fittest girls in 2014 are students attending the Ursuline Secondary School, based here in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

A total of 13,067 students (7,242 boys and 5,825 girls) from 26 counties across Ireland successfully completed the Aviva Health’s Schools’ Fitness Challenge for 2014.

Not only were improvements in fitness observed amongst participating students after the relatively short period of exercise intervention, but the results show that boys are now 45% fitter than girls compared to 60% fitter last year, meaning that girls are closing the gap in fitness levels compared to boys.

It should be noted that students who completed the Schools’ Fitness Challenge experienced, on average, almost a 19% improvement in their fitness levels.

For schools not as yet taking part, note, further information is available on Aviva Health’s Schools’ Fitness Challenge 2014 and to view participation & fitness maps for all Irish counties, please click Here.

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