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Thurles Exhibition – Archaeological Artefact Replicas

LibraryExecutive Librarian M/s Ann Marie Brophy Reports;

Thurles Library, The Source Complex, Cathedral Street Thurles is proud to present an exhibition of ‘Replicas of Archaeological Artefacts’.

The exhibition will open on Tuesday 10th February at 7.00 p.m. and will be launched by Mattie McGrath TD. All are welcome to attend.

This exhibition will run until Tuesday 10th March, during normal Thurles Library opening hours. [e.g. Monday: 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. / 2.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. TuesdayThursday: 10.00 a.m. – 8.30 p.m. Friday: 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.  Saturday: 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. / 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.]

Created by Mr Edward Moten-Letsome, the exhibition features objects in stone, wood, leather, copper and silver; from Early Man through to Egyptian, Greek, Inca, Aztec, Olmec and Viking periods. Edward has also crafted agricultural items from our own Irish heritage.

Edward was originally born at Tullaskeagh, Roscrea but moved to the picturesque Gaeltacht village of Newcastle in 2006. He is a self-taught sculptor and artist. Edward says, “It was during one of my many walks on Bothar na nGall, latter situated in the South Tipperary mountains, that I was inspired to create these artefacts.”

Edward uses the artefacts on display to illustrate his 40 minute talk, which covers the evolution of Early Man and his progress up to the Viking period. Edward hopes that the people who visit this free exhibition will derive as much pleasure from it as he has from sculpting the objects.

If you are interested in bringing a group to this exhibition please contact Thurles Library on Tel: (0504) 29720.

This exhibition should be of particular interest to schools and other educational groups and offers all visiting students and their teachers an ideal opportunity to also visit other interesting primary resource centres, which are within easy distance of this immediate area, e.g. St Mary’s Famine & War Museum Tel: (0504) 21133; Lár na Páirce GAA Museum Tel: (0504) 22702; Cormackstown Heritage Centre Tel: 085-7131584 and the Cabragh Wetlands Trust Tel: Tel: (0504) 43879.

Note: In the case of all of the above named venues, booking in advance is essential to ensure a qualified tour guide is present during your visit.

Tipperary Public Urged To Prevent Waste

Deadline for Waste Management Plan public consultation draws near.

WasteHouseholders and businesses across County Tipperary are being asked to “Do One More Thing” in 2015 to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, to boost recycling rates and to prevent food waste.

The call has been made as part of a public consultation on a new plan that sets out a framework for waste management in 10 counties across the south of Ireland, including Tipperary, during the next six years.

The Southern Region Waste Management Plan, which is one of three being developed in Ireland, seeks to assist and support the community and local business sector to develop resource efficiency and waste prevention initiatives.

Key targets outlined in the Plan include a 1% reduction per annum in the quantity of household waste generated per capita over the period of the plan, a recycling/preparing for reuse rate of 50% by 2020, and the elimination of the direct disposal of unprocessed residual waste to landfill from 2016.

As well as encouraging the public to engage in the public consultation process, the Southern Waste Regional Office is also urging the wider public to “Do One More Thing” to help reduce the amount of household waste that is generated and to promote waste prevention initiatives in the workplace.

“What we do with our waste will become increasingly important in years to come. As natural resources deplete we will have to reuse, repair and recycle more,” explained Pauline McDonogh, Regional Waste Prevention Co-ordinator, Southern Waste Region.

“The draft waste management plan for the Southern Region aims to move our management of waste from a traditional disposal model to a circular economy model so that waste becomes a future resource or raw material. Householders, businesses and even schools can kick-start this process by visiting our website at wwww.southernwasteregion.ie and learning how they can directly play a role in boosting household and commercial recycling rates and reducing the level of waste sent to landfill. Among the ‘Do One More Thing’ measures being promoted is the repairing and bringing back into use of broken household items, improving the quality of recycling so less recyclable waste is contaminated, and reducing household food waste through smarter shopping, improved food storage and more efficient use of foodstuffs,” stated Ms. McDonogh.

The preparation of new regional waste management plans for the regions has been underway since late 2013 following an evaluation of the previous plans which covered ten regions nationally.

Ms. McDonogh noted that “significant progress” has already been made in relation to waste prevention throughout the southern region.

Since the last waste management plans were published between 2004 and 2006, a southern region network of 770 Bottle bank sites and 50 Civic Amenity Sites accepting more than 25 categories of waste have been maintained, while a household recovery/recycling rate of 63% and a commercial recovery / recycling rate of 61% have been achieved. Nationally, a packaging recovery rate of 87% was achieved while an average of 7.3 kg of WEEE was collected per person from private households.

“We want to hear the public’s views on these achievements and about what more needs to be done,” stated Ms. McDonogh, who added: “We would ask people to have their say on the future of waste management by telling us their views before the deadline of January 30th 2015. The more feedback we receive the greater the potential for improving Ireland’s environment into the future. Feedback forms and the full plan are available on www.southernwasteregion.ie.”

The ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Fashion Show, Templemore, Tipperary

Fashion ShowAll roads will lead to Templemore, Co Tipperary at the start of this coming weekend as the spectacular ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Fashion Show takes place in aid of the Holy Family National School, in Templetuohy.

This spectacular event will be held in the Templemore Arms Hotel on Friday next, November 14th, [MAP REF] beginning at 7.00pm.
The event, organised by the Parents Association of the school, promises those attending a unique blend of high fashion, local entertainment and a true party atmosphere.

(Click on picture left for larger image quality.)

Committee member M/s Leona Doyle reports:-
“On arrival there will be a cheese and wine reception and also stalls exhibiting local crafts and produce to browse through. You might even pick up a bargain or two ahead of Christmas!

The Fashion Show will feature style from Mai’s Boutique and Mullally’s (Templemore), First Editions, Born, Carraig Donn, Lár na Páirce, Elverys, Hummingbird, Imps and Elfs, Moran’s Menswear and Dunnes Stores (Thurles). Nenagh town will be represented by well known designer Marion Murphy Cooney.

There will be something for all ages, tastes and sizes on show; Men’s wear, Women’s wear, Sports-wear, Casual, Dressy, Teenager and Children’s wear.

During the interval there will be local entertainment while people will also have a chance to chin-wag and browse around the numerous stalls. Your admission ticket will also includes your raffle entry to a great draw with lots of vouchers and great prizes to be won!

The organising Parents Association are encouraging those attending to steal the limelight themselves with a smashing prize on offer for the “Best Dressed” on the night, so here is a great excuse to get dressed up!

Everyone in attendance will also get a great idea of what is “trending” for the Christmas party season while enjoying watching the models strut their stuff on the catwalk. The show will feature lots of well known locals and even some of our recent County Champions are ready to walk the ramp!

A great night is assured for all so do come along, support the local school and have a unique night out! Doors will open at 7.00pm and the runway is at 7.30pm.

Tickets: Tickets are just €20 for a whole evening’s entertainment. They can be obtained from any committee member or by texting /phoning Ann Marie on 085-1622061. You can also find us and keep up to date on our  “Absolutely Fabulous Fashion Show” Facebook page.    See you there! Note to you men folk out there – why not surprise / treat the woman in your life with the surprise gift of a ticket to this truly spectacular and worthy event.

Tipperary Libraries Short Story Competition 2014

The Source Arts CentreIn conjunction with the Tipperary Reads Festival, Tipperary Libraries are running, once again, their annual short story competition, under the heading “Premier Short Stories.”

The competition is open to adults and senior cycle secondary school students with all entries submitted to be between 2,000 to 3,000 words maximum and of course the original work of the author.

There will be one prize of €200 for the best story, with the winner to be announced during Sophie Hannah’s visit to Tipperary Libraries on November next.

Stories may be submitted by email to thurles@tipperarylibraries.ie or as hard copy to your local library.

Closing date for all submissions is 01/11/2014 and for further details contact your local library.

Beware Silent Killer Warn Chief Fire Officers

The Irish Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) are urging householders here in Tipperary and indeed nationally to be aware of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide (CO) build-up (“The silent killer”) in your home, as part of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2014.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

The main aim of the week is to raise public awareness of the causes, symptoms, prevention and protection measures for this highly poisonous gas latter which can kill within minutes of being inhaled.

TipperaryMapMr Seamus Murphy, Chairperson of the CFOA explained that CO is one of the leading causes of poisonous deaths throughout the world.  “This potentially deadly gas can build up to dangerous concentrations indoors when fuel-burning devices are not properly vented, operated or maintained. Because it has no odour, colour or taste, CO cannot be detected by our senses. Symptoms associated with exposure to CO include a mild headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and drowsiness,” stated Mr Murphy.

“Fortunately, simple measures can be taken to prevent CO problems.  One such action is the installation of a CO alarm to detect potentially deadly conditions. Householders should also make sure that all fuel burning appliances and heating devices are properly vented and maintained, while knowing the symptoms of CO poisoning is important,” Mr Murphy stated.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2014 is coordinated by Bord Gáis Networks and is supported by the CFOA, COMREG, Register of Gas Installers, Irish LPG Association, OFTEC, NSAI, HSE, HSA and all of the major Irish energy retailers.

For further Carbon Monoxide information and advice, please do visit www.carbonmonoxide.ie.

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