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Tipperary Public Participation Network

What do you want your community to look like in 10 years?

Tipperary Public Participation Network (Tipperary PPN) are delighted to be rolling out a new National Initiative on Community well-being. The PPN is bringing together social inclusion, environment and community development voices in our communities to develop a “Well-being Vision Statement” that sets out their shared vision for County Tipperary.

What is Community Wellbeing?

Well-being is an increasingly common term that can describe wider conditions than just good physical and mental health, which we need as individuals and communities in order to have a better quality of life, a healthier environment and increased prosperity.

Some of these are things that we can easily measure e.g. the number of pre-school places, or the speed with which an ambulance can get to a sick person. Others are less easily measured, e.g. our pride of place, our heritage and the way in which we all look after each other.

All aspects of well-being are connected to each other. So, for example, if our natural environment is poor, it will affect our mental and physical health as well as our economy. In other words, all the parts of our community well-being are interconnected.

Let’s develop our vision for community well-being for the Cashel / Tipperary Municipal District.

Community Well-being Vision being developed in Cashel / Tipperary Municipal District, County Tipperary

So, what do we need for the well being of the community of Cashel / Tipperary?

That is the question being posed by Tipperary PPN, and we want to hear from all the groups and organisations in this area. Feed into this important vision for your area by starting a conversation and attending a public meeting on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019, in Kilfeacle Community Centre, Moatquarter, Kilfeacle, Co. Tipperary.


Date: Wednesday, 29th May, 2019

Location: Kilfeacle Community Tennis Club. E34 YP98

Time: 6:30pm- 9:00pm – Registration from 7:00pm

Refreshments on arrival.

Developing a Vision for Community well-being means thinking about what we have and what we need to help Cashel / Tipperary Municipal District to be as great as it can be, for us and for the many generations that will follow into the future.

All the information gathered on the above stated night, will be brought together and used to influence policy, thus guiding the work of the PPN and its representatives; in influencing policy and working towards achieving community goals.

On the night Tipperary PPN will look at community well-being under six headings as follows.

Social and community development.
Environment and sustainability.
Economy and resources.
Health (physical & mental).
Values, culture and meaning.
Participation, democracy and good governance.

By using the above six headings across all the country, we can see whether we resident in Tipperary have the same concerns and indeed causes for celebration, as do others.

Further information on the well-being vision which is been rolled out around the country can be found HERE .


Thoughts For All Day Sunday

What do we tell the children?

What do we tell the children? – Lyrics by Ivan Drever

Which way will the branch bend
When there’s no wind left to blow?
Which way will the river run
When there’s no where left to go?

What do we tell the children
When they start to ask us why?
And where are the keepers
Who bled the whole thing dry?

What kind of air are we to breath
When there’s none to take in?
What kind of soil do we turn over
When the fallout’s been?

When do you think they’ll tell us?
Don’t they know that we know too?
When do you think they’ll listen
To the likes of me and you?

And what kind of rain will fall
On the land that’s dead and gone?
And what kind of flowers
Will look up for the sun?

What colour will the leaves be?
A darker shade of brown.
Is this the kind of legacy
To leave to the unborn?

Which way will the branch bend
When there’s no wind left to blow?
Which way will the river run
When there’s no where left to go?


Spring Into Storytime At Thurles Library.

Ms Suzanne Brosnan (Senior Library Assistant), Tipperary County Council Library Service, situated in ‘The Source’ building in Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, reports:-

Spring Into Storytime

On Saturday April 13th next Thurles Library will “Spring into Storytime”.

The event will begin sharp at 11.30am. Please do remember that for such enjoyable events, booking is always advisable, so do give us a call to Tel. No. 0761 – 06 – 6131.

We look forward to your visit.

Readers please also note: Daily Opening Hours and Contact Details for Thurles Library are shown hereunder:-

Opening Hours

Monday: 9.30 am to 1.00 pm & 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm
Tuesday: 9.30 am to 8.00 pm
Wednesday: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Thursday: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Friday: 9.30 am to 1.00 pm & 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm & 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Contact Details:

Telephone: 0761-06-6131
E-Mail Address: thurleslibrary@tipperarycoco.ie


What Has The EU Ever Done For Me?

On Thursday, April 4th next, Nenagh library are delighted to present a talk on ‘EU and Me…What has the EU ever done for me?’ The discussion will begin sharp at 7.00pm,

Speakers on the night, Mr Noel Whelan SC, (Political Analyst and Columnist with the Irish Times newspaper), and Mr Stephen Kinsella, (Associate Professor of Economics UL and columnist for the Sunday Business Post) will discuss the importance of the European Union, the benefits of our membership and the significance of the upcoming European Elections in May.

Mr Jonathan Claridge (European Commission (EC) Representation in Ireland) will also be in attendance. Ms Iva Pocock, (Journalist), will moderate the Question and Answer session, which will follows.

Don’t miss this vital discussion on why ‘Your Vote is Your Voice‘ in these European Elections and why you need to be heard on May 24th 2019next.

This event is a Citizens Dialogue, presented by Nenagh Library, latter which is the Europe Direct Information Centre (EDIC) for counties Tipperary, Limerick, Cork and Kerry.


Degree Programme Information Evening, Horse & Jockey, Thurles

Tipperary Public Participation Network (PPN) and Tipperary Volunteer Centre will host a degree programme information evening on Thursday,  February 7th, in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Members of Tipperary PPN Secretariat and PPN Gradates from the 2017/2018 Degree programme: Pictured L-R:- Ruth Smith (PPN Secretariat), Fiona Kennedy (Scholarship Graduate), Patricia Loughman (Scholarship Graduate), JJ O Sullivan (PPN Secretariat), Avril Wilson (Scholarship Graduate), Helen Butler (Scholarship Graduate), Finola Russell (Scholarship Graduate) and Richard Long (PPN Secretariat).

Ms Avril Wilson, [Tipperary Public Participation Network (PPN) Coordinator] Reports:-

On Thursday evening next, February 7th, (in the Horse and Jockey Hotel, Thurles), people with experience in community and voluntary work are invited to attend an information night to learn how they can complete a Level 7 BA in Business, Enterprise and Community Development. This information event will take place from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

Recognising the important role that formal education plays in the community and voluntary sector and knowing the impact that volunteers and PPN member groups have across Co. Tipperary; Tipperary PPN and Tipperary Volunteer Centre in conjunction with Equal Ireland are delighted to offer our volunteers/members the opportunity to complete a level 7 BA in Business, Enterprise and Community Development.

This is a part-time blended learning programme accredited by Athlone Institute of Technology. You will have the opportunity to explore and develop your interest in the fields of Business, Enterprise and Community Development and to enhance your competencies towards becoming effective administrators, managers or organisers in these areas, while at the same time acquiring the skills of self-directed learning. You will save time and travel as this programme is delivered locally in Tipperary and on a part time basis. This is your opportunity to have your contribution recognised with a formal qualification.

Applicants are required to have successfully achieved either:

• The EQUAL Ireland Higher Certificate (Level 6) in Business, Enterprise and Community Development.
• A QQI Level 6 Award in an appropriate or relevant area.
• A successful completion of a Recognition of Prior Learning Portfolio (RPL). Recognition of Prior Learning is a process that allows you to gain admission to a programme of study or to gain exemptions/credit from some parts of a programme, based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study, or through work or other learning experiences.
The cost of the course is €2500.

Tipperary PPN and Tipperary Volunteer Centre are offering support to members/ volunteers by partially funding a number of places, (limited availability).

Details of how to apply for this funding will be made available at the information night.

We greatly look forward to meeting you and advise that for further information please visit: www.equalireland.ie www.ppntipperary.orgFacebooktwitterlinkedinmail