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Moyne “Lisheen Lands” Portfolio Goes On Sale.

Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary

Investors and those wishing to acquire certain residential dwellings are expected to show interest in the sale of a large land holding of some 800 acres, latter located in the area of Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

This portfolio known as “Lisheen Lands” comprises a mix of industrial and agricultural land, and comes with the benefit of not only significant income through renewable energy, but also agricultural enterprises including outbuildings and residential dwellings.

The Lisheen Mine near Moyne ceased its operations back in 2015 and the property has since been returned to a brownfield industrial site.

The entire portfolio is now being placed on the market initially in one single lot by Dublin estate agents Knight Frank, at a guide price of an expected €11 million Euros.

These lands are officially designated as the National Bioeconomy Campus where renewable biological resources from land and sea are being used to produce energy, food and materials.

Here the area has been awarded “Modern Demonstrator Region” status by the European Commission, making it one of only six such regions within the EU to be granted this status.


Thurles Facts Are Often Stranger Than Fiction

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” – Mark Twain.

Highly respected ornithologists, both local and from abroad, focusing on our recent bird story, have now confirmed that the unusual bird located in Templetuohy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, is indeed a ‘Leucistic European Green Finch’.

Leucistic European Green Finch

Leucistic is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in a bird which causes white, pale, or patchy coloration of the feathers, but not the eyes.
We are happy to relate that our ‘albino’ feathered friend is continuing to visit the various bird tables in Templetuohy village.

Our thanks to experts John Fogarty, Patrick Hayes, Aine Lynch and the numerous other persons who contacted us.

Stranger Than Fact

Speaking of birds; here in Thurles some of our local Thurles municipal district councillors, (anxious to give the false impression that they actually work within our community for their electorate), according to Facebook, highlight at regular Tipperary Co. Council meetings, that items used to decorate graves in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Thurles, are being stolen.

These items stolen usually are identified as expensive stone gravel / chippings and marble and stone vases, which end up appearing in Car Boot sales in Roscommon, Wexford and Limerick.

Whatever about the stolen marble and stone vases, (the solution to which we will discuss in a moment), the stolen chippings removed from graves however are NOT being removed by any human hands.

Please note picture No.2 shown above on the right-hand side.

Before you develop a fear of visiting graveyards at night, these stones shown above, which cost up to €60.00 per bag, are actually stolen in broad daylight, yes and by carrion crows, (Corvus corone).

Over a period of 4 weeks, a flock of crows swallowed, on just one grave alone, €600 worth of the above pictured gravel. Normally this gravel is sold with people using (on a double grave site), 10 bags of black aggregates to 1 bag of white aggregate; the 1 bag of white stones are then sprinkled loosely on top of the raked level black stones.

Crows begin with the white stones first and then graduate to the black variety. For some unknown reason Crows are being observed swallowing, in total, up to five of these particular stones, before departing, to return the following day for more. Let me confirm this is not a joke.

This most unusual phenomenon appears to only have come to the attention of stone masons and graveyard workers, in the past 24 months here in Ireland, resulting in that profession refusing to accept commissions, which request the use of that particular aggregate.

How to ensure that your marble and stone vases remain on your family grave site in 2020!
Please note picture No. 1 shown immediately above on the left-hand side.

The answer is simple “get your name printed on the surface of your chosen marble or stone vase”. We are being warned constantly by Gardaí of the importance of marking all of our expensive household items, enabling them to be identified into the future.

The solution is simple and logical; what thief will steal a personalised stone flower vase and then try and sell it at a Car Boot sale and anyway personalised items drastically reduce the number of possible buyers.

Here in Thurles such personalised marble and stone vases can be readily supplied by James Slattery Monuments, Fianna Rd, Thurles Townparks, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. [+353 (0)504 22219 or Email: jamesannslattery@gmail.com]

Perhaps ornithologists reading this article would like to share their thoughts on this issue? We would love to hear from them.


Inadequate Monitoring Of Private Water Supplies Putting Health At Risk

EPA warns that poorly constructed wells and inadequate monitoring of private water supplies are putting health at risk.

One million people in Ireland get their drinking water from a private supply and many more persons, drink water from private supplies during their daily lives.

E. coli was found in 62 small private water supplies serving commercial buildings or public buildings during 2018.

E. coli can cause illness. In a small number of cases it can result in severe and long-term kidney failure. Reported cases of VTEC , a dangerous form of E. coli, increased in 2018.

Many private supplies are not on the local authorities’ register and those that are registered were not monitored sufficiently to ensure safe drinking water and to protect human health.

A report focusing on the quality of private water supplies in Ireland for 2018 was released today [15th January 2020] by the EPA. The report found that the quality of drinking water in private supplies, which are mostly sourced from wells, is poorer than that in publicly-sourced supplies.

Commenting on the findings of the report, Dr Tom Ryan, (Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement) said: “We are concerned about the poor quality of drinking water in private supplies serving commercial or public activities such as crèches, nursing homes and hotels. Where this water comes from poorly constructed wells, there is a high risk of contamination during heavy rain. It is worrying that many of these supplies are not being monitored, as consuming contaminated water poses a serious health risk to consumers, particularly vulnerable people such as the young or elderly.”

Monitoring carried out in 2018 showed that commercial businesses (e.g. hotel, B&B, pub), or public buildings (e.g. schools, crèches, campsites) that get their water from a well or other private source are at greater risk of being contaminated than public water supplies. The report highlights that more than 60 of these private supplies were found to be contaminated with human or animal waste, at least once during 2018. Cases of VTEC infection – which can be contracted due to consuming water contaminated by animal waste – continued to rise with over 1,000 reported cases in 2018. Ireland continues to have the highest incidence of VTEC infection in Europe.

Concluding, Mr Andy Fanning (Programme Manager of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement) said: “With this number of reported cases of VTEC in Ireland, it is more important than ever that business owners and homeowners who use a well for their water supply, get their supply tested regularly, especially after rainfall. Local authorities must ensure that supplies are registered, monitored and that action is taken by water suppliers to remedy any issues identified to make sure that public health is not being put at risk.”


New Solar Power Plants Planned For Tipperary

Two companies, Danish group Obton and Shannon Energy are planning to spend some €300 million; building plants that will generate electricity from solar panels here in Ireland.

Both companies confirmed last Wednesday that they had formed a joint venture to develop solar farms, latter which uses panels of specially manufactured cells, to convert heat from the sun into electricity.

The joint operation intends to spend some €300 million over the next three years on building these solar farms that would generate up to 500 megawatts of electricity, while creating an estimated 1,000 jobs in the process.

It is understood that the Danish company Obton would provide most of the finance, while Shannon Energy would provide local expertise and do much of the work on the ground.

This joint venture has already earmarked sites in counties Tipperary, Cork, Galway, Longford and Westmeath, where it is expected to install solar panels capable of producing 150 megawatts of electricity, supplying enough energy to cover the annual consumption of some 25,000 private homes.

The new group association remain in talks with farmers regarding the acquisition of other recognised sites here in Ireland, as they estimate that overall, they will require a minimum of 2,000 acres, if their plans are to be brought to fruition.


How To Best Clean Your Tarmacadam & Cement Walkways

Wooden Patio decks (including those pressure treated), Stone Patio’s, Tarmacadam and Cement Walkways can, each surface combined, attract mildew, algae, lichen, liverwort or cyanobacteria called Nostoc. Same is wholly encouraged by our persistent damp, humid, shady conditions, our clean air and more often poor drainage. So how do we rid ourselves of this constant occurring problem?

Many people use washing powder to kill off this growth, spreading it over the offending surface. Same washing powder does work, killing the moss, but leaves behind a brown deceased moss skeleton, which is never easy to shift and if left behind can become slippery, for those not so steady on their trotters.

There is however another product which better solves this algae problem. Its name is Chloras, a product used by Dairy farmers for cleaning and flushing out milking machines.

Chloras is a bleach, so users are required to take care, as the product is extremely strong. Bleach can damage your clothing and footwear if unnecessarily splashed about. It is therefore advisable to use your Wellington boots, your old overalls, plastic gloves and more importantly, wear good eye protection by way of goggles or safety glasses. Remember bleach is never recommended for use near plants and can discolour certain types of stone.
Important Note: Try also to keep your domestic pet off any treated area for a day or two, as the bleach could potentially burn their paws, causing the animal some mild discomfort.

To obtain a quick clean using Chloras, use one-part bleach to ten-parts of water. Same can be spread / sprayed using a watering can with a rose nozzle fitting or a knapsack sprayer. Let the solution sit on the affected surface area for some twenty minutes, before rinsing off, using a yard brush and your garden hose.

Chloras not only kills off all algae, but also the spores present, thus slowing the return of such growth the following year. Used on cemented areas, the surface will be returned to its initial fresh greyish colour.

Chloras is readily available here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary from Centenary Co-Ops Meal Store and Fuel Section, situated on the Templemore Road, at Monacocka, Thurles.