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Covid-19 – Tough Times Ahead But This Too Shall Pass

Ask ‘What can I do?’

Last night’s somewhat emotional ‘State of the Irish Nation Address‘ by our caretaker Taoiseach, Mr Leo Varadkar, showed great sincerity, empathy and leadership, while calmly warning this country, as a whole, on what to expect during this Covid-19 global pandemic.

While sincerity and empathy can be classified as welcome personal qualities, Leadership above all is about keeping our small nation collective and driven towards a common goal.

Ely’s Centra, Inver, Slievenamon Road, Thurles.

Meanwhile here in our Thurles community, leadership is being shown by at least two businesses in particular:-

(A) John Lacy – Lacy’s Butchers, Friar Street, Thurles.

Using Social Media he and his staff state:- “We are open for Business this week. However, with the growing seriousness of the Covid-19 virus in Ireland, please help us by taking on board a few cautious steps & little tips”.
If possible, ring in your order on Tel. No. 0504-21447 with an estimated time for collection. (please allow at least 90 minutes)
If possible, call/collection, Max of 2 customers in premises together
and wait outside until only one customer remains in the premises.
We love our customers one & all, however during this difficult time, please keep visits & chit chat short and sweet, we will catch up properly when this all blows over.
Please where possible pay by CONTACT LESS.
Please keep with guidelines by practising personal protective hygiene.

Thank you, Lacey’s Butchers.

(B) Ely’s Supermarket – Ely’s Centra, Inver, The Mall, Slievenamon Road, Thurles.

Again, using Social Media, the proprietors of Ely’s Supermarket and their staff are offering a ‘Home Delivery Service’.
Consumers can call them on Tel. No. 0504-23778, to place their orders.
Note also, from here you can obtain DVD/Blu-ray rentals, to keep your children of all ages fully entertained.

Any other businesses wishing to tell us about their leadership efforts in this time of crisis? Why not contact us here on Thurles.Info.


Lowry Welcomes Funding Of €545,540, Through ORIS

Michael Lowry TD

Independent Tipperary TD Mr Michael Lowry welcomes funding of €545,540 to Tipperary, through the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS).

Deputy Michael Lowry is delighted to confirm that two projects in Co. Tippeary will share funding of €545,540 through the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) 2019. The ORIS is funded through the Department of Rural and Community Development and Fáilte Ireland.

The details of the approved projects in Tipperary are:
Under Measure 2: Garrykennedy Amenity will receive funding of €45,540 for the replacement of timber decking and footbridges, with further improvements to benefit wheelchair access.

Under Measure 3: Suir Blueway Tipperary will receive €500,000 for Infrastructure Enhancement works to improve the existing canoe trail which forms part of the River Suir Blueway project including river access works and trail refurbishment works.

Mr Lowry, in concluding this announcement stated, “This funding will make a huge difference to the ongoing maintenance and development of these outdoor recreation facilities in Co. Tipperary.
There is no doubting the huge importance of both these projects to local residents and tourists alike, who use and continue to benefit greatly from these facilities. I am pleased that my support for these projects has played a central role in facilitating this funding announced today”


Lowry Welcomes 10 New Jobs At Expanding Thurles Battery Business

Thurles business, Li-Gen Ltd, has set up a Lithium Battery Manufacturing plant at its premises in Ballyduff, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

This plant will be the only one of its kind in Ireland or the UK and will see the creation of 10 new full-time permanent manufacturing jobs with the support of Tipperary Local Enterprise Board. Li-Gen Ltd is a sister company of Hi-Volt Ireland Ltd., who currently employ 26 full-time staff.

Hi-Volt Ireland Ltd., was founded by Richard Gleeson in 1998 and has grown to become a leading battery distributor/retailer with 8 retail branches in Ireland and the UK, selling batteries and related products. Richard has warmly thanked Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry for his support and continued advice in the setting up of the new Li-Gen Ltd., branch of the business.

‘Lead Acid Battery Technology’, has dominated the battery industry for over 150 years. This technology was used widely; from car starter batteries to large Hospital back-up systems; to Electric forklifts.

Lithium battery technology, on the other hand, has only been around for less than 30 Years, but is proving to have many advantages over Lead Acid Technology, primarily as they are environmentally friendly and last up to 10 years. Therefore, they do not need regular replacement, thus cutting down on waste creation. Lithium is also more efficient, can be charged more quickly and therefore consume less energy. It also emits no toxic gasses while charging unlike lead batteries, which require special ventilation.

Li-Gen will use LFP Lithium Chemistry (Lithium Iron Phosphate), which does not contain cobalt. Cobalt is controversially mined primarily in the DR Congo and the extraction process for Cobalt has being plagued by human rights abuses and corruption.

Lithium is up to 95% efficient compared to lead acid which is only 60% efficient. Therefore, while achieving the same like for like power, Lithium is up to 1/3 the weight of Lead Acid batteries
With no manufacturing of Lead Acid Batteries or Lithium on a commercial scale in Ireland, this allows Hi-Volt Ireland Ltd., to replace imports and keep the money in the local economy.

The business has the potential to create highly skilled jobs in a sector that is growing at 30% per year globally and they have already identified major export potential for a European manufactured product.

Li-Gen is involved in this business with Swedish partners Euroglobe Ltd, who are major battery distributors in Europe, particularly in the Nordic region.


Lowry Turns Sod On Major €25m Thurles Development

Independent TD, Deputy Michael Lowry turned the first sod, on Monday of this week, (January 27th, 2020) on a major new development that will mark the dawn of a bright new future for Thurles.

The derelict Erin Foods factory is about to become a hive of activity as demolition work starts to level the site; same which will house a new high-end model flagship store for Lidl Ireland, as well as two 30,000 square foot buildings that will form the Thurles Business and Innovation Centre.

The project will also facilitate the future development of the town as a whole, by providing the first phase of the much anticipated Thurles Inner Relief Road that will link Slievenamon Road to Mill Road. The total value of the project is €25million and Deputy Lowry says that it is the start of a new beginning for Thurles.

The Business and Innovation Centre project, which has full Planning Permission now in place, is a joint partnership between Wesley Quirke of Baycross Developments Ltd., and Castletown Capital Ltd.

Lidl Ireland unlocked the potential of the site, recognising its strategic location in close proximity to the town centre and its suitability to develop a flagship store on a 2.5 acre area of the site. This led to further interest in the site and a decision by this joint partnership to come on board to build the two 30,000 square foot buildings, creating an amazing opportunity to attract new business into the town.

The Centre will be fully equipped with all the services required and will be appealing to companies involved in Research and Development, science, pharmaceuticals, technology, call centres or as a Headquarters for a Public Service office, indeed the potential is vast.

The developers themselves have identified a very lucrative tenant for a part of the building with the potential for job creation and are in discussions with other potential businesses.

Deputy Lowry has confirmed that IDA Ireland has visited this fully serviced site and have listed the Business and Innovation Centre on their books and will actively pursue future tenants for the high-spec premises. The IDA is very impressed with its potential to attract inward investment from businesses seeking centrally located ready-to-go premises in the heart of Ireland.

“Up to now one of the main challenges for job creation in Thurles was the lack of suitable accommodation. This new development addresses that challenge and marks a major progression for the town. It’s a big vote of confidence in Thurles and it would not have happened if Lidl had not made the first move to secure part of the site for their new store”.

Mr Lowry stated that the event on Monday was a hugely significant day for Thurles. He added that it is wonderful to see the former Erin Foods site active again, having lain idle for so long.

Wesley Quirke, Baycross Developments, said “The project will rejuvenate Thurles, which is one of the best known towns in Ireland”. He further stated “The Business and Innovation Centre will guarantee additional jobs for Thurles and will be a major boost to the local economy”.

Ms. Laura Mateo from Castletown Capital said that they are very pleased to be involved in such an innovative project for Thurles, which opens up huge potential for the town in terms of attracting new business and creating jobs. She also stated “It is a pleasure to work on the Business and Innovation Centre project, in partnership with the Quirke family, as it is a development that will have a big impact on Thurles well into the future”.

Demolition of the former Erin Foods site is set to get underway immediately. Local business, Premier Engineering, who employ 40 people, will carry out this work with Company Director Adrian O’Keefe saying that they are really proud to be involved in this local project.

The old building contains a large amount of asbestos, hence the engagement of reputable specialist contractors, who will carry out the demolition and disposal of these materials to the highest International standards.

Completion of demolition work
The completion of demolition work is expected to take up to 12 weeks, followed by site preparation works and the commencement of construction of a new site entrance, forming the initial phase of the Inner Relief Road. As an additional feature of the project, significant improvement to the river walkway at the rear of the site will be carried out.


Clonmel 40 Bed Modular Unit Handed Over To South Tipperary Hospital

It took just 11 months; from the arrival of builders on site to the point where the finished 40 bed Medical Modular unit at South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, was officially handed over on January 16th, 2020.

The now completed project cost approximately €20m, with construction costs coming in at almost €10m.

“The reality is that seeing is believing”, commented Prof. Mr Peter Murchan, (Consultant General Surgeon) at South Tipperary General Hospital, as he proudly led a tour of this new 40 bed facility within the hospital on Monday last.

Acknowledging that many had stated publicly that the project could not be achieved, Professor Murchan was quick to emphasise that this new state-of-the-art facility is due mostly to the ‘enormous hands-on commitment’ of Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry, latter who networked via the Departments of Health & Finance, to push this particular project forward to full and total fulfilment.