Local Weather

real feel: -3°C
wind speed: 7 m/s WSW
sunrise: 8:36 am
sunset: 4:16 pm


Thurles Sky’s Hide Strawberry Moon

Thurles Sky watchers should have had a chance to catch a glimpse of the full “strawberry moon” tonight Friday, June 9th;  the sixth full moon on the 2017 lunar calendar and the last full moon of the spring season in the northern hemisphere.

Alas, our Tipperary skys are clouded over and presently, to use the old Irish phrase describing heavy rain showers, “Tá sé ag caitheamh sceana gréasaí,” or translated from the Irish to English: “It’s throwing cobblers knives.”

Tonight’s moon should have been the smallest looking moon of 2017, as it will be the furthest distance from the Earth when it reaches its fullest phase.

Often referred to as the strawberry moon in warmer climates, because June in some areas is the prime month for harvesting strawberries. Here in Ireland, my late Granny always referred to this moon as the ‘Rose Moon’, viewing with such pleasure her climbing, rambler ‘American Pillar’ roses which she had nailed, over the years with leather straps to the stables south facing timber wall. She would smile when asked where she had acquired it; replying, “I borrowed a slip from a friend.”

Perhaps, if you don’t get a chance to see this full strawberry or rose moon tonight, do check it out tomorrow night (Saturday June 10th), when the potential clouded sky’s over Thurles may be more revealing.


EPA Summoned To Dublin Incinerator Plant

Health & Safety

The challenge, in 2003, by the South Tipperary Anti-Incinerator Campaign, and the further High Court challenge by horse trainer Mr Aidan O’Brien and the Magnier family, strongly opposing the development of a €25 million incinerator in South Tipperary, may indeed have been truly merited.

We learn today that eleven people were taken to hospital at around 10.45pm last night at Dublin’s new incinerator plant. The workers were taken to hospital after they were cloaked in a cloud of particles, following the breach of a pipe.

We understand that the workers were dismantling scaffolding at the multi-million Euro plant, when they became surrounded by lime that was accidentally released inside a flue gas treatment area.  This incident occurred during a commissioning and testing exercise.

Incinerator plant operators, the US waste firm Covanta, which were expected to start full waste burning this week after 20 years of opposition, state that the workforce, complained of nausea, breathing difficulties and blurred vision. These complaints, as a precaution, resulted in 11 workers, being sent to St Vincent’s Hospital.  Nine of those sent have since been released, while two were detained overnight and remain in hospital this morning.

It is also claimed that the lime in Combustion Unit No.1 was contained within the building and did not escape into the local environment, resulting in the incident having no impact outside the plant.

Several of the company’s facilities have been cited for air emission violations in the past. In 2001, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection fined Covanta Energy (formerly Ogden Corporation), for two mercury-pollution violations at the Okahumpka plant in 1998 and 1999.

In 2006, the Hawaii Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection both fined the company for exceeded emissions limits for dioxin, furan, lead and knickle during 2005/6.

Since 2008 New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania cited and fined Covanta for exceeding the allowable emissions rate by nearly 350%. These cited exceeded emissions of sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride and nitrogen oxide at Lancaster, South Central Pennsylvania.

The Irish Health & Safety Authority and the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been notified of the incident.

Certainly makes one glad that the Irish prevailing winds traverse Co. Tipperary from a South Westerly direction.


Enhancement and Painting Schemes 2017

Liberty Square, Thurles.

Thurles & Templemore Town Enhancement and Painting Scheme 2017

Tipperary County Council are seeking to improve the streetscapes of the towns of Templemore and Thurles. This is being done by supporting the owners of properties through improving and enhancing their premises and public areas generally; through painting or undertaking other general improvements to the fronts of Commercial and Residential buildings, e.g. Erection of planters; floral hanging baskets, or indeed other environmental improvements.

Generous Maximum Grants:
Up to 50% of the approved cost of any such work undertaken (subject to a maximum of €500.00), will be grant aided.  Note: Priority will be given to applications by owners of property that are visibly in dire need of maintenance, in order to further prevent them from becoming and or indeed continuing to remain derelict.

Grant Application forms are available to download from www.tipperarycoco.ie.  Further queries can be directed to Mr Noel McCormack, Tipperary County Council, by email to noel.mccormack@tipperarycoco.ie or by Telephoning (0761) 066062.

Completed Applications should be clearly marked “Thurles/Templemore Town Enhancement & Painting Scheme 2017” and returned to Ms Deirdre O’Shea, Acting District Administrator, Tipperary County Council, Templemore / Thurles Municipal District, Castle Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary by 4.30pm on Friday 30th June, 2017.


Fund Announced To Tackle Illegal Dumping

Nationally some €884,000 in funding has been approved for County Councils to run public awareness and education campaigns in an effort to tackle illegal dumping.

This latest grant aid brings to nearly 15 million the total funding provided under this scheme in the past 10 years; which taxpayers would agree could have been used to better purpose; were the general public behaving responsibly.

Earlier this month Environment Minister Mr Denis Naughten spoke of his support for the use of overt and covert surveillance equipment, drones and other technology to increase detection levels and deter people from disposing of waste illegally. Initiatives to tackle illegal dumping will involve hidden CCTV cameras in litter black spots, as well as the use of drones to capture the extent of the issue.

Under this Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme, Tipperary County Council are expected to receive some €42,000 to carry out these announced public awareness and education campaigns targeting litter, dog fouling and graffiti.

High risk or problem areas will also be identified, with coordinated clean ups to be followed by enhanced enforcement measures.


Public Meeting To Engage On Water & River Basin Plans


Are you are interested in water quality, biodiversity, heritage, water based recreation and tourism? Are there issues affecting your local water body, be it a stream, river or lake?

The first in a series of public meetings in Tipperary regarding local community engagement on water bodies takes place tomorrow, Thursday (1st June 2017) beginning sharp at 7.30pm in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co, Tipperary. All are invited to attend (Tea / Coffee provided) and all will be given their chance to have their say.

[To View Video Below in High Definition please Click Here]

The public meeting is expected to outline what is included in the Draft River Basin Management Plan (2018-2021) together with details on how you personally can provide input into the final plan, thus providing you with the opportunity of influence policy.

The Waters & Communities Office aims to get local communities more involved in protecting and enhancing local water bodies.

Mr Ruairí Ó Conchúir, Community Waters Officer for North Tipperary, will present information on the Draft Plan and facilitate a discussion on different issues and interests emerging including funding opportunities for local community projects. The meetings will be an important opportunity to network. Mr Ó Conchúir can be contacted on Tel: 085 808 3715 or 061 496310 or email roconchuir@lawco.ie for more information.

For information on water quality in your area or to find out what local communities are doing around Ireland please see www.catchments.ie and sign up for the free Catchments Newsletter.

For more information on the work of the Waters & Communities Office please see www.watersandcommunities.ie

Music used in the video clip above is by Johannes Brahms and entitled “The Cradle Song”.