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Tipperary Apple Farmer Helps Kids Celebrate Halloween.

Mr Cornelius Traas, an Irish apple farmer, whose business operates from Moorstown, Cahir, Co Tipperary, will be giving away 6,000 apples to school children this year, to help them celebrate Halloween.

Over the last 20 years, Mr Traas has already given away well over 120,000 eating apples to Irish primary school children, a tradition which his parents first introduced. This year, children and their teachers in some 32 primary schools will collect apples, same representing around 200 children in each school together with their teachers.

The desire to grow fruit saw the Traas family initially move from the Netherlands to Ireland in the late 1960’s. Previous generations of the Traas family had been growing fruit in Holland, since the 1800’s, but it became difficult to find new land there for further fruit production.  Willem and Ali Traas then decided to pack a bag and make the move to Ireland. They choose farm land, between Cahir and Clonmel on the main Limerick-Waterford road.  For the first few years of their occupation, as well as establishing new apple and plum orchards, the family also grew tulips, dried peas, grain crops and strawberries.

Mr Traas himself recalls that when he was at school in Cahir in the 1970’s and 80’s, the apples grown by his parents were very popular with his classmates. From time to time he would bring a few extra to school, and swap them for sweets that were in the ownership of other children.

His parents used to send him and his brother into school with a box of apples to share with other students in other classes and this practise was continued every year right up until his Leaving Cert year.

Regrettably, less than 10% of apples eaten today here in Ireland are actually Irish apples.

Note:- The Apple Farm is not just about Apples only. From a shop within ‘The Apple Farm’ complex you can acquire Apple Juice and Apple Jelly; Strawberries (in season) and Strawberry jam; Raspberries (in season); Plums and Plum Jam; Pears; Cherries; Sparkling Juice; Real Irish Cider; Cider Vinegar and finally there is a spacious Camping & Caravan Park catering for up to sixty people per night, operating from May through to September.

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Tipperary Library Summer Book Bus Schedule – 7th to 9th August

Ms Breda O’Shea, (Tipperary Library Headquarters, Castle Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary) reports:-

Tipperary Summer Book Bus is taking to the road again, next week, with a new set of Story Time Puppets.

Last week Goldilocks and the Three Bears came along for the ride, with children using the puppets to produce very interactive and hugely entertaining Story Time sessions.

Next week it’s the turn of The Billy Groats Gruff and the ferocious Troll who will be making their Book Bus début; from Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th of August. We would be thrilled if you could come and join us with your children for these most delightful of events.

Please tell your friends, the more the merrier.

Tipperary Summer Book Bus schedule is as follows:

Tuesday 7th August: Clogheen Community Centre – Bus arrives at 10.30am – Story Time is on at 11.30am.

Tuesday 7th August: Mullinahone Health Centre Carpark – Bus arrives at 2.30pm – Story Time is on at 3.00pm.

Wednesday 8th August: Newport Community Centre – Bus arrives at 10.30am – Story Time is on at 2.30pm.

Thursday 9th AugustNo. 27 Comeragh View, Carrick On Suir – Bus arrives at 10.30am – Story Time is on at 11.00am.

Thursday 9th August: Elm Park Community Centre, Clonmel – Bus arrives at 2.00pm – Story Time is on at 2.30pm.

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It’s A Dog’s Life!

Ms Suzanne Brosnan, (Senior Library Assistant) Thurles Library, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary reports:

Dog’s Trust Ireland will host a free workshop entitled, “A Dog’s Life” , here in Thurles Library on Tuesday 14th August at 11.00am.

Heather & Ted are touring all libraries to help everyone in the community to be safe around dogs and to be a responsible dog owner.

Note Please: This is a free event, however booking is essential, so do Telephone 0761-06-6131 to confirm you attendance at this most informative of events.

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Tipperary Library – Climb Aboard The Summer “Book Bus”

Ms Breda O’Shea, (Tipperary Library Headquarters, Castle Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary) reports:-

Tipperary Libraries Summer Book Bus schedules are now running in full swing, with our Book Bus rolling into five venues around Co. Tipperary each week. This bus is stocked full with an impressive selection of books for children; from babies to those aged 14 years.

You can register on the Book Bus to participate in the exciting Summer Stars Reading Adventure if you cannot visit one of our magnificent twelve public libraries. Simply pick up your registration card from any of the five locations named below and be one of the many children to be presented with a Summer Stars Certificate next September.

We are also giving out incentives along the way and its important to us that every child in these areas have an equal opportunity to become involved.

Our books in stock are a mixed array of exhilarating and knowledge-building volumes, to fulfil the needs of every child. So do come on down and meet our friendly and eager staff.

Remember, it is never too late to register for the “Summer Stars”, or to come along and exchange your books for new material. We really look forward to saying hello and being of service to the following five communities.

Book Bus Schedules run as follows:-
Clogheen Community Centre: Every Tuesday, 10.30am – 12.30pm from 10th July -14th August.
Mullinahone Health Centre Car Park: Every Tuesday, 2.30pm – 4.30pm from 10th July -14th August.
Carrick On Suir – 27 Comeragh View: Every Thursday, 10.30am – 12.30pm from 12th July – 16th August.
Clonmel – Elm Park Community Centre: Every Thursday, 2.00pm – 4.00pm from 12th July to 16th of August.
Newport – Newport Community Centre: Every Wednesday 10.30am – 1.00pm and; 2.00pm-4.00pm from 11th July to 15th August.

Weather permitting, we are hoping to run some events for the children over the summer. Dogs Trust Ireland visited the bus locations on the 10th and 12th of July, much to the delight of the children. Next week we are running a “Story Sack Storytime”, again weather permitting. Our story-time Puppets confirm that they are very much looking forward to breaking out of their sack, to spend some further quality time and having fun with the children! This is a very interactive and enjoyable event.

Schedules for “Story Sack Storytime” are:-
Clogheen – Tuesday 24th July @11.30am.
Mullinahone – Tuesday 24th July @ 3.00pm.
Newport – Wednesday 25th July @ 2.30pm.
Carrick On Suir – Thursday 26th July @ 11.00am.
Clonmel – Thursday 26th July @ 3.30pm.

Membership is FREE and young children must be accompanied by an adult. If your child has special or additional reading needs; please contact Ellen Kilmartin on Tel: (0761) 1066100.

We are encouraging as many families as possible to bring their children along, to avail of this golden opportunity to keep their reading skills up over the summer. The benefits are huge and past experience highlights the enjoyment and fun the children have each year with our Summer Book Bus. It also provides an invaluable service to families who may not live in close proximity to one of our 12 libraries in Co. Tipperary.

The Book Bus for Clonmel, Carrick On Suir have been supported by the South Tipperary Development Company and in Newport by North Tipperary Leader Partnership, through The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP). Same are funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund.

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Are You Entitled To School Clothing & Footwear Allowance?

Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection.

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) helps those on low incomes to meet the cost of uniforms and footwear for children returning to school.

The Allowance Scheme for 2018 is presently open, with the closing date for application set at September 30th, 2018.

BSCFA is paid to many residents of the State automatically by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, meaning that for some lower income families, they do not have to make an application for such payment.

To avail, of 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 (2018). If still in second-level education, siblings must be aged between 18 and 22 years of age on or before the same date.

For those who qualify automatically, they should have received their payment at the weekend just gone. (Ending Friday July 13th 2018)

Those who feel they have an entitlement and have, as yet, received no payment; they will need to apply to the Department if you have not to date received a payment notification letter in 2018.

Note: First time applicants will need to complete an application form.

For more Information do visit the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection website, latter found HERE.

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