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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.

Scammers Target Third Level Student Accommodation

To-rentFuture Tipperary third level students seeking accommodation are being warned by the Union of Students in Ireland to be on the look-out for scammers and to be vigilant when searching for all future rented lodgings.

The Union of Students confirm that fraudsters have been using bogus adverts in the marketing of properties, while seeking payment on-line for accommodation which either does not exist or is not truly available to rent.

Mr Greg O’Donoghue, latter Vice President of Welfare for USI, is advising students to do their research fully and to ring landlords in advance seeking to view all accommodation being offered for rent.

As the jostle to obtain suitable accommodation is currently in full swing, a small number of students to date have been duped into handing over deposits for apartments that do not in fact exist, e.g. an apartment for rent on Dublin’s Fade Street for €500 per month, including utilities.

Students encountering such experiences are being advised to immediately contact the Gardaí.

The Union of Students are also appealing to families in urban areas to consider renting out their spare rooms in an effort to alleviate the severe current shortage of suitable student accommodation.

Tipperary’s Irish Anzacs – Clonoulty Village Hall

"Pat" Armstrong

“Pat” Armstrong, Moyaliffe, Co. Tipperary

More than 340 men and one woman from here in Co. Tipperary enlisted in the Australian forces during the First World War. Of those who enlisted; 45 were killed or died as a result of their service.

An event to be hosted in Clonoulty village hall on Wednesday next (August 20th 2014 beginning 7.30pm sharp) by Mrs Kitty Barry (Vice-chairperson of County Tipperary Historical Society) and Chaired by Mr Richard O’Brien (Chairman of County Tipperary Historical Society), will now for the first time discuss Tipperary’s overall involvement in this ‘war to end all wars’.

Guest speakers at this Clonoulty, Co Tipperary event will include historians Professor Jeff  Kildea, Dr. Danny Cusack and Mr Tom Carroll.

Professor Jeff Kildea – Tipperary’s Contribution to the Australian War Effort

Prof. Jeff Kildea is a historian, lecturer and author with a PhD in history from the University of New South Wales. He is currently the Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin having previously taught Irish and Australian history to undergraduates at the University of New South Wales and at Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education.

Prof. Kildea is an Adjunct at the Global Irish Studies Centre at the University of New South Wales and has written books and articles and presented papers both in Australia and Ireland on early 20th-century Irish-Australian history. His books include “Tearing the Fabric”  (Sectarianism in Australia 1910-1925) (2002), “Anzacs and Ireland” (2007) and “Wartime Australians,” Billy Hughes (2008).  He is currently researching Irish Anzacs and a biography of Hugh Mahon, the Labour member for Kalgoorlie who in 1920 was expelled from the Commonwealth parliament for his criticism of British rule in Ireland.

For more than 30 years Prof. Kildea has practised as a barrister from 5 Wentworth Chambers and is now an Acting Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court. He is also the editor of Land & Environment Court Law & Practice NSW and a contributing author to “Planning & Development Service NSW,” published by Thomson Reuter.

On Wednesday night next Professor Kildea will for the first time here in Tipperary publicly examine Tipperary’s contribution to the Australian war effort and tell the stories of some of the little known Irish ANZACs from our county who fought and died in the War.

Dr. Danny Cusack – With the Anzacs at Gallipoli: Fr John Fahey

Dr. Danny Cusack is an independent historian currently residing at Kells, Co. Meath. A native of Perth, Western Australia, he has lived in Ireland for many years. He has completed a PhD and book on the Meath-born Western Australian politician Senator Paddy Lynch (1867-1944) and written and lectured on various aspects of the history of Meath (where he has family connections) and on Irish-Australia.
His talk entitled “With the Anzacs at Gallipoli: Fr John Fahey (1883-1959),” Dr. Cusack will discuss the Rossmore born priest who served most of his life in Western Australia. As an Australian army chaplain he took part in the famous Gallipoli landing of April 25 1915.

Mr Tom Carroll – Personal Accounts from Gallipoli

Mr Tom Carroll is a native of Clonoulty and a retired company director. His expertise was in regional and local economic development. His particular interest is local history and to understand how it was affected by change at national and international level i.e. political, economic, social and technological change. In regard to local history his focus has been on his native county, Tipperary, his mother’s county (Laois), his wife’s county (Kilkenny), and Limerick where he resided for some 46 years.
He will give those in attendance information on his uncle: Lce. Cpl. Martin Carroll, 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers: killed in Gallipoli 28th June 1915.
Also on his uncle-in-law from Conahy / Three Castles, Co. Kilkenny: Private William Keeffe, 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, killed in Gallipoli 25th April 1915. Tom has William’s diary completed to the day prior to his death, extracts from which provide insights into the life of an ordinary soldier.

WWI Memorabilia – St Mary’s War Museum

St Mary’s War Museum will display rare World War I memorabilia, some relating to Gallipoli, at this major Clonoulty historic gathering.
Note: Discussion & Refreshments afterwards.

Further Information: Please address all queries to: catherinebarry@eircom.net

Admission to this event costs just €5.00, with all proceeds going to the Tipperary Libraries Digitisation Project.

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.

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