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Friday Night – Moonlight Walk – Upperchurch Thurles

“Slowly, silently, now the moon walks the night in her silver shoon,
This way, and that, she peers, and sees, silver fruit upon silver trees.”

(Poem by Walter de la Mare )

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Photo G.Willoughby

The 15th annual Autumn Challenge organised, last October and organised by John G O’Dwyer and Michael Sutton, (Thurles), in aid of a respite home for special needs children, was an outstanding success. Over 120 walkers, mostly from Mid-Tipperary, gathered in Clifden for this event and all experienced great walking conditions with good weather, a brilliant sing-song and immeasurable camaraderie.

Jimmy Duggan (Thurles) led the nature and heritage trek in the Connemara National Park, an event which is a most popular feature of all challenge weekends.

Ray Creaney led a 20km walk along the Maumeen Pilgrim Path, while Josephine Tobin, John G O’Dwyer and Dan Condren led the mountain walks on Saturday, which included an ascent of Diamond Hill on Sunday.

As a result a great evening is now promised in Upperchurch with €3,200, raised in Clifden, being presented to deserving charities in Kinanne’s Pub at the Autumn Charity Challenge re-union, on Friday next, November 22nd. Full details of the 2014 Kerry Charity Challenge to be held in Dingle Co Kerry is expected to be announced  in Kinanne’s, followed by the customary complimentary tea, coffee and one of Siobáin’s excellent tasty bites.

The Friday evening will begin with a moonlight walk on Knockalough starting from the Upperchurch Community Centre at 7.15pm, led by Carmel Needham. Latter moonlight walk is open to all comers – bring a torch.

Further information is available from Carmel at Tel: 086-2602133.

Tipperary Workshop For Waste Industry & Businesses

Ireland’s Public and Private waste industry representatives, as well as business operators interested in waste recycling and prevention, will participate in an information event in County Tipperary tomorrow (Thursday November 14th 2013).

WasteThe “Envisioning Resource Efficiency” event takes place in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Thurles, here in Co. Tipperary and is being hosted by the Southern Region Waste Management Office through its remit as a project partner in the European-wide ‘Regions 4 Recycling,’ (R4R) project. The Regional Waste Management Office, which develops and coordinates waste activities and policy throughout the Region, says the event will feature presentations from a range of waste experts, a questions and answers session, information stands and an interim update on the R4R project.

Under the three-year Interreg IVC European Regional Development funded R4R project, local authorities in Limerick, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Carlow have joined participating authorities in 12 other European regions in making performance comparisons and exchange of good practices in order to improve their respective recycling performances.

According to Philippa King, Regional Co-ordinator for the Southern Waste Region: “European municipalities are subject to common EU waste management regulations but have taken different approaches to reach the recycling targets. Differences between the recycling performances are evident, ranging from less than 10% to more than 70% from one region to another. Some of the differences can be accounted for by different data compilation practices between regions. Interim results collated by participating R4R project partners show that the Southern Region of Ireland is one of the leading regions in Europe in terms of Recycling and Low waste generation and Prevention.
Tomorrow’s event will be of particular benefit to those organisations and businesses looking to improve their waste collection and recycling policies by learning from the experiences of others throughout the region and overseas. This is no charge for this event but booking is essential via the Southern Region Waste Management Office at 061 496596 or rwmo@limerickcoco.ie,” added Ms. King.

Guest speakers at the event include R4R project partners Jean-Benoit Bel of French-based Ordif speaking about “From Local Waste Data to the European Recycling Society”, and Svend Byrial Poulsen of Odense Renovation (Denmark) who will be making a presentation on the “The Odense Waste Management Experience.”

Other speakers include Dr. Shane Colgan, EPA (Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Plan), Brian Lyons, Clean Ireland Refuse & Recycling (Recycling Municipal Waste into the Future – A Waste Contractor View), Martin Tobin, ERP Ireland (Recycling Household & Business WEEE into the Future), Percy Foster, CRE – Composting Association of Ireland (Rolling out the Brown Bin in Ireland Challenges and Opportunities), Warren Phelan, RPS Consulting Engineers (The Irish Waste Market: Changes, Trends and Observations), and Pauline McDonogh and Dr. Mary Stack, Local Authority Prevention Network (Waste Prevention in Practice: Regional & Local Co-operation for a Resource Efficient Future).

Envisioning Resource Efficiency,” takes place in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Co. Tipperary on tomorrow, Thursday November 14th 2013 from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

For more visit www.managewaste.ie.

Tipperary Urged To Return To Lemons, Salt, Vinegar & Soda

Householders throughout Tipperary are being urged to cut down on domestic cleaning products and go back to basics when it comes to household cleaning.

The Southern Waste Management Regional Office (SWMRO), which manages waste recycling and prevention activities for Tipperary’s Local Authorities, has produced a ‘Greener Cleaning’ guide outlining how people can save money and help the environment by replacing household cleaning chemicals like bleach with relatively inexpensive traditional cleaning ingredients such as vinegar and soda.

Every year millions of cleaning products are purchased by Irish consumers to clean and maintain their home. Many products are purchased to do a specific task and often languish under the sink or in the bathroom cupboard,” explained Pauline McDonogh, SWRMO Waste Prevention Coordinator.

DSC_3887 Ms. McDonogh continued: “These chemicals become household hazardous waste and should be disposed of properly which can be a costly process. Furthermore, we tend to use household chemicals liberally and pay scant heed to dosage and usage instructions. It should be remembered that most of these chemicals are discharged to the sewers as waste water which requires significant treatment before it becomes potable again.

There are alternatives and this booklet will get householders started,” stated Ms. McDonogh who added: “Our guide is simple to follow and is packed full of ideas on how to clean your home cheaply and environmentally friendly. Using five simple ingredients and following our recipes most cleaning tasks around the home can be tackled. The five wonder products are Soda crystals, bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, salt and lemon juice.

According to Ms. McDonogh: “This EPA-funded research project highlighted the lack of public awareness of alternatives to the many unnecessary chemicals that we use on a daily basis. The ‘Greener Cleaning’ guide addresses this awareness gap by promoting the fact that household cleaning using more traditional products is cheap, effective and better for the environment and your heath.

The free “Greener Cleaning: Environmental Tips for Domestic Cleaning & Hygiene,” guide is produced by the Southern Waste Management Regional Office, which manages waste recycling and prevention activities for local authorities in Limerick, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Carlow. The publication is also supported by the EPA and the Clean Technology Centre (CTC).

Note: The guide is available on request from the SRWMO at 061-496596 or by Emailing  rwmo@limerickcoco.ie

EU Agencies Study Tipperary Waterways

Latvian and Greek Agencies Adopt Good Practices After Tipperary Visit

Three Mid-West environmental and tourism projects have been showcased as good practice examples to regional development agencies from 8 countries across Europe. Regional development agencies from Finland, Slovenia, Latvia, Greece, Romania, Netherlands, UK and Ireland last week visited Lough Derg, and the Olatrim (Tipperary) and Groody (Limerick) Rivers.

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The study visit, which also included a conference in Limerick’s Strand Hotel, was organised by the Mid-West Regional Authority (MWRA) as part of its ongoing remit as a partner agency in the EU-funded ‘Territories of Rivers Action Plans,’ (TRAP) project. The two-year project is aimed at benefiting partner regions through the transfer of good practices in integrated water and landscape management.

Cllr. Oliver Garry, MWRA Cathaoirleach said: “The TRAP project and interregional meetings such as this enable the MWRA to benefit from exchanges with other partner regions, each of whom has particular expertise in one or more areas such as governance, monitoring, aquatic environment or river tourism. The MWRA can also share its best practises in the area of governance, given its extensive experience of Regional Planning Guidelines and the important role that they can play in the sustainable development of an area.

During last week’s visit, the TRAP partners were addressed by a number of public agencies with responsibility for Lough Derg, including Waterways Ireland, Fisheries Ireland and the OPW.  The group were also addressed by Dan Minchin of the Lough Derg Science Group who gave a perspective on the ecological and historical aspects of Ireland’s third largest lake. The partners took a boat trip of the lake between Ballina and Garrykennedy and enjoyed an Irish music recital with dance by 30 pupils of Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan (Nenagh). Visits were also undertaken to the Olatrim and Groody Rivers which are subject to improvements works by the OPW and Fisheries Ireland, under the Environmental River Enhancement Programme (EREP).

Mr Joe MacGrath, North Tipperary County Manager and the MWRA’s Designated County Manager said the study visits to Lough Derg and the Olatrim and Groody Rivers have led to three of the EU partners transferring the good practices implemented in the Mid-West into similar domestic projects. Mr MacGrath explained: “We were delighted to be able to facilitate a visit to Lough Derg during which we showcased the work of the Lough Derg Marketing Strategy Group, a collaborative approach of public state agencies and private sector representatives, in relation to marketing Lough Derg and improving its tourism functionality. Our project partners from Greece are taking this good practice and transferring into their own policy and have also identified the Mid West Regional Planning Guidelines as a good practice.”

Liam Conneally, Director of the MWRA said the visit will feed into the progress already made by participating project partners since the TRAP project was initiated in 2012. “Through its participation in this project, the MWRA is seeking to improve the governance of lake tourism, for Lough Derg in particular,” he added.

Mr Conneally added “Furthermore policies adopted in the Region on landscape, flood risk assessment and protection of aquifers were lauded by our Latvian partners who will be transferring these policies into their own regional planning strategy. They hope to improve policy guidance at a regional level as this is weak in Latvia, and of particular relevance to a number of rivers that traverse Latvia but originate in neighbouring countries. Meanwhile, our UK partner, The Association of River Trusts is transferring the environmental and ecological work practices being implemented on the Olatrim and Groody Rivers into its own projects.”

Mr. Conneally continued: “The MWRA and the South-West Regional Authority (SWRA) hosted a joint Irish stakeholders’ meeting in October 2012 which attracted 20 representatives from 15 organisations in the Mid-West and South-West regions. Major challenges were seen to be about partnerships, local ownership of problems, engaging of communities, integration of policies, inter-relationships between issues and coordination between organisations. The MWRA are currently working in conjunction with the Lough Derg Marketing Strategy Group to identify how two particular good practices of the TRAP project will be imported from other partner regions and transposed to the situation of Lough Derg to provide a more holistic approach to governance of the region.”

TRAP is co-funded by the ERDF Interreg IVC programme. Project partners include Kainuun Etu Ltd (Finland); Association of River Trusts (United Kingdom); Zemgale Planning Region (Latvia); Regional Development Agency of Western Macedonia SA (Greece), MWRA and SWRA (Ireland); Waterboard Noorderzijlvest (Netherlands); National Institute of Research Development for Mechatronics (Romania); and Soca Valley Development Centre (Slovenia).

For more on the TRAP project visit www.trapproject.eu.

Tipperary, Are You Interested In Waste Recycling & Prevention?

Mr Mark Dunphy Reports;

Waste-ManagementLocal public and private waste industry representatives as well as business operators, interested in waste recycling and prevention, are being invited to a Regional information event here in County Tipperary next month.

The “Envisioning Resource Efficiency,” event takes place in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Thurles, on Thursday November 14th 2013 and is being hosted by the Southern Region Waste Management Office, through its remit as a project partner in the European-wide ‘Regions 4 Recycling,’ (R4R) project.

The Regional Waste Management Office, which develops and coordinates waste activities and policy throughout the Region, says the event will feature presentations from a range of waste experts, a questions and answers session, information stands and an interim update on the R4R project.

Under the three-year Interreg IVC European Regional Development funded R4R project, local authorities in Tipperary, Limerick, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow have joined participating authorities in 12 other European regions in making performance comparisons and exchange of good practices in order to improve their respective recycling performances.

According to Ms Philippa King, Regional Co-ordinator for the Southern Waste Region: “European municipalities are subject to common EU waste management regulations but have taken different approaches to reach recycling targets. Differences between the recycling performances are evident, ranging from less than 10% to more than 70% from one region to another. Some of the differences can be accounted for by different data compilation practices between regions. Interim results collated by participating R4R project partners show that the Southern Region of Ireland is one of the leading regions in Europe in terms of Recycling and Low waste generation and Prevention.

The upcoming event will be of particular benefit to those organisations and businesses looking to improve their waste collection and recycling policies by learning from the experiences of others throughout the region and overseas. There is no charge for this event but booking is essential via the Southern Region Waste Management Office at Tel; 061-496596 or by Email to rwmo@limerickcoco.ie,” added Ms King.

Guest speakers at next month’s upcoming event will include R4R project partners Jean-Benoit Bel of French-based Ordif speaking about “From Local Waste Data to the European Recycling Society,” and Svend Byrial Poulsen of Odense Renovation (Denmark) who will be making a presentation on the “The Odense Waste Management Experience.

Other speakers will include Dr. Shane Colgan, EPA (Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Plan), Brian Lyons, Clean Ireland Refuse & Recycling (Recycling Municipal Waste into the Future – A Waste Contractor View), Martin Tobin, ERP Ireland (Recycling Household & Business WEEE into the Future), Percy Foster, CRE – Composting Association of Ireland (Rolling out the Brown Bin in Ireland Challenges and Opportunities), Warren Phelan, RPS Consulting Engineers (The Irish Waste Market: Changes, Trends and Observations), and Pauline McDonogh and Dr. Mary Stack, Local Authority Prevention Network (Waste Prevention in Practice: Regional & Local Co-operation for a Resource Efficient Future).

Remember: Envisioning Resource Efficiency takes place in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Thursday November 14th 2013 from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

For more information visit www.managewaste.ie.

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