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Free-Phone Helpline For Leaving Cert 2017 Students & Parents

The results are out on Wednesday next for some 2,200 students across Tipperary, who sat their Leaving Cert, just last June.

If you are uncertain about your Leaving Certificate Results and what they actually mean for your future personally; please note that an Exam Helpline (2017), kindly sponsored by eir and provided by the National Parent’s Council Post Primary (NPCpp), will open on Wednesday morning, August 16th, 2017.

This helpline will offer, in complete confidence, advice, information and support to all students / parents, latter seeking advice by phoning free-phone 1800 265 165.

This helpline will be open from 10.00am on Wednesday next; (See below), to accept calls from students / parents seeking up-to-date information on the available choices open to all students. This free-phone helpline will open for 2.5 days during the week of the results having been issued, and a further 2.5 days the following week, after the CAO First Round Offers have been release.

Helpline Opening Hours for Aug. 2017 (Week 1), are:-
Wednesday, August 16th: 10.00am-7.00pm; – Thursday, August 17th: 10.00am-7.00pm; –  Friday, August 18th: 10.00am-1.00pm.

Helpline Opening Hours for Aug. 2017 (Week 2), are:-
Monday, August 21st: 8.00am-7.00pm; – Tuesday, August 22nd: 8.00am-7.00pm; – Wednesday, August 23rd: 8.00am-1.00pm.

The National Parent’s Council Helpline, through experienced guidance counsellors, will offer expert advice to students / parents, thus enabling both to make informed choices regarding 3rd Level Courses; Leaving Cert Appeals and Repeats; CAO Procedures; Offer Failures and Financing.

We wish all student the very best of luck.


Protect Children From Questionable Online Content

For those of our readers, parents, who have young children; latter who are beginning for the first time to access ‘Personal Computers’ (PC’s) or ‘Laptops’, you may wish to take note regarding the following.

In an effort to halt the viewing, by young minds, of shall we say certain questionable content online, there is an alternative; its name is KidRex.org; a Google powered, kid friendly, search engine and an alternative to the more widely used Mozilla Firefox.

This most certainly should become an alternative, particularly for students in schools which rightly encourage young people on how to correctly make use of the internet. Here they can learn how to locate online information, without the unremitting worry by teachers and parents, regarding what young minds may accidentally stumble upon.

KidRex combines Google’s Safe Search with their own database of questionable sites, locking everything into child appropriate searches, while maintaining its own database of inappropriate websites.

You are advised to check regularly to insure that KidRex remains up and running, thus ensuring that your children have the best web surfing experience possible.

Important Note: To ensure that the young people in your care are protected, it will be necessary to make KidRex.org your ‘default browser’ on all your PC’s and Laptops which you allow them to access. To do this, please follow the these 3 simple instructions:-

(1) Open your ‘Menu’ (See Image above  –  Find three parallel flat lines positioned top right of your Google search panel, shown here above in a red box), by clicking left with your Mouse.

(2) Find an icon marked ‘Options’ (Dead Centre) and activate same, also by left clicking with mouse.

(3) The page which now opens will be headlined ‘General’, (Again see image above). Next copy and paste the following link http://www.kidrex.org/ into the second text panel, clearly marked Home Page, thus removing link http://www.google.ie/.

Do nothing else; simply close the page and your default search engine should now remain KidRex.org on that particular appliance.  To change it back, simply reverse this simple procedure at any time.

Happy, Safe Surfing everyone.


Tipp Share In The Top 50 People Shaping Ireland

Dr. Robert O’Connor, Head of Research and Acting Head of Communications for the Irish Cancer Society.

Yesterday the website Lovin.ie published the current top 50 incredible people who are shaping modern Ireland; yes actual game changers.

In the words of Lovin.ie editor Ms Marie Madden; “For all of our faults, we’re a wonderful little country. Whether it’s business or sport, we’re constantly punching above our weight and doing ourselves proud across the globe.
Each year seems to unearth a new collection of creative and dynamic people who are ready to forge a path and show us something new.
This list could have run into the hundreds but here’s a snapshot of the names that should definitely be on your radar right now.”

Amongst those named include:
At No. 46 is United Kingdom’s John Connors for using his ‘Love/Hate’ profile to shine a light on Irish Travelling Community’s discrimination.
At No. 44 is Londonderry, Northern Ireland’s Martin O’Neill for breathing new life into Irish soccer.
At No. 31 are West Cork rowers, the O’Donovan Brothers, two incredibly dedicated and talented world class Irish athletes.
At No. 29 is Cork born Tetra-amelia syndrome sufferer Joanne O’Riordan, who despite her own disability continues to highlight the importance of disability funding in Ireland, taking senior politicians to task, before lecturing to the United Nations.
At No.10 is Belfast born Roman Catholic priest Fr. Peter McVerry, to be found at the coalface of the Peter McVerry Trust, helping those in need and who most recently launching a €1.4m housing project in the North Inner City.

At No.19 not surprisingly and most deservedly is Dr Robert O’Connor, who currently has access to a Tipperary address. So what has editor Ms Marie Madden got to say about him?
Ms Madden writes: “There isn’t a single person in Ireland who hasn’t been touched by cancer, so the ongoing research into treatment options is so important to all of us. As Head Of Research for the Irish Cancer Society, Mr O’Connor is responsible for co-ordinating several ground breaking studies that could save the lives of all our loved ones in the future.”

“So what is our interest in Dr Robert O’Connor?” I hear you all ask.

Dr O’Connor graduated from UCD with an honours degree in Pharmacology in 1991, before moving to the School of Biotechnology in DCU, where he completed his Ph.D. in 1995 before taking up a post-doc in cancer drug resistance in the NCTCC/NICB, a specialist biomedical research facility. Here he became involved in translational and cancer clinical trial research.

In 2007 he assumed the chairmanship of the translational subgroup of ICORG, Ireland’s national cancer clinical trials network, helping this organisation to a milestone of enrolment of 7% of all cancer patients into translational research studies by the time of his departure in 2015.

In 2010 he became a lecturer in Biological Science in the School of Nursing in DCU and moved to take up his current role leading the research effort of the Irish Cancer Society in February of 2015.

Dr. O’Connor is passionate about providing the evidence-base to help manage our emerging cancer crisis; focussing on prevention, early detection, increased efficacy of diagnostics and therapeutics and supporting the 170,000 Irish cancer survivors to thrive after their treatment.

Dr O’Connor is associated with the Premier County, since both his parents (Kathleen and Ernie) came to reside in the picturesque hamlet of Templetuohy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. But even more important is the fact that he just happens to be this editors nephew. I trust that God will therefore grant me forgiveness for pandering to one of the seven deadly sins; in my case the capital sin of pride.

You can read all about the other top 50 incredible people currently shaping Ireland today, by simply clicking HERE.


Back To School Grants Increased In Tipperary

The ‘Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance’ (BSCFA), has been increased. This allowance is designed to help parents/guardians to meet the cost of uniforms and footwear for primary and secondary school children, returning to school during the coming year, 2017/18.

The allowance has seen a rise from €100 to €125 for children aged 4-11 years, and up by €50 to €250 for children over 12 years. Nationally some 108,000 Irish families look set to benefit from this small increase.

Those who frequent supermarket chains like Dunnes, Marks and Spencers etc; will all be aware that back to school clothing is already on display in anticipation of the coming school year.

To avail, of the BSCFA, parents or guardians must be getting certain social welfare payments or taking part in training, employment or adult education schemes.  Their siblings must be aged between 4 and 17 years of age, on or before September 30th, of the year for which you apply. If still in second-level education, siblings must be aged between 18 and 22 years of age on or before the same date.

The BSCFA scheme for 2017 opening date was on June 1st last 2017, and the closing date for such applications remains strictly September 30th 2017.

As is usual, the Dept. of Social Protection pay BSCFA automatically to many parents / guardians,  meaning simply that same do not have to apply for this payment. Should you qualify automatically, you should be notified of your entitlements on or before June 23rd 2017 and receive correspondence stating when and how the allowance will be delivered.  Payments are expected to be made available during this month, ending July 14th 2017.

Note: Parents / Guardians not automatically notified, may still be eligible for such allowances, subject to completing a means assessment, and you can find out more information on the rules and income limits affecting BSCFA by simply clicking HERE.


Rev. Prof. M. Mullaney Chosen Pres. Of St. Pat’s College, Maynooth

Rev. Prof. Michael Mullaney, Thurles.

It has been confirmed that the Trustees of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare; latter a Pontifical University and Ireland’s main Roman Catholic seminary, have appointed Thurles priest, Professor Michael Mullaney as the President of the College, for the next three years; beginning with effect from September 1st, 2017.

Son of Mattie and Sally Mullaney; Professor Fr. Mullaney is currently attached to the parish of Holycross and Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Professor Fr. Mullaney was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Cashel and Emly in 1992. He received his Doctorate in Canon Law with specialization in Rotal Jurisprudence, Gregorian University, Rome, in 2000. He was a Lecturer in Canon Law at St Patrick’s College, Thurles from 1998-2003; Milltown Institute, Dublin from 1999-2005, and St Patrick’s College, Maynooth since 1999.  He was Registrar of the Pontifical University, Maynooth since 2005 to present time and Chair of the Faculty of Theology Quality Review Committee during the period 2006-2007. Judge of the National Marriage Appeals Tribunal of Ireland since 2006 to present day. Professor Fr. Mullaney is also a member of the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

In welcoming this appointment; Archbishop Eamon Martin, Chairman of the Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth Trustees stated: “I warmly congratulate and send my prayerful good wishes to Father Michael Mullaney on his appointment to the role of President of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth is not only home to our national seminary, but its Pontifical University offers courses to almost one thousand students – women and men, full time and part time, resident and non-resident, seminarians and religious from all over the country. The Trustees are firmly committed to the College as a key contributor to the future of the Church in Ireland as it prepares both clergy and lay people to fully exercise their baptismal calling and bring their gifts to the service of God’s people”.

We wish Professor Fr. Michael every success in all future undertakings.