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Thurles Forestry Clinic January 20th 2014



A nationwide series of 39 forestry advisory clinics for people who are considering forestry, or who are existing forest owners, has been organised by Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department. These one-to-one consultations on Forestry Development are being held between January 20th and January 31st.

The venue for the forthcoming Thurles visit is the local Teagasc Office, situated at Castlemeadows, Thurles, tomorrow January 20th between 10.00am and 4.00pm. (Office beside Semple Stadium on the main Thurles /Nenagh Road.)

Note: Interested party’s should please bring maps and other relevant information and prior booking is essential.

These 2014 Teagasc Forestry Clinics are an ideal opportunity to obtain details of how forestry might work for you personally. If you are already a forest owner, you are welcome to come along to discuss other forest management issues.

Landowners should consider introducing forestry for many reasons; supplementing farm income, farm restructuring or developing, and as a retirement fund. To this end a one-to-one forestry appointment with a Teagasc forestry development officer can provide private landowners with free, independent and objective advice.

Here is an ideal opportunity to get one-to-one answers to your forestry questions, so try not to miss it!

Tipperary – EirGrid’s Institutionalised Arrogance

As with most important issues currently being discussed /experienced in today’s Ireland, solutions are being left solely to those whom we pay the massive salaries and top-ups and why not, after all that is why we employ them, is it not?  However, if the past is any guide as to what we can expect now into the future, this trend of continued silence and non democratic debate by all of our citizens, must now stop.

We as a nation can no longer ignore or indeed trust the final supposedly logical informed decisions being made by those we employ, as many of these same employees should find out come local elections scheduled for next May.

Of course in this instance I am particularly referring to supporters of EirGrid and their arrogance and institutionalised contempt for the ordinary tax payers of South Tipperary and those who have chosen to gamble with our health, which are intent on raping our natural scenery and hell bent on destroying the very future of our tourism sector.

Why should Co Tipperary, a county which has little large industry, massively high emigration with no real future employment prospects for our children, now be ordered to bear the brunt of what we observe as institutionalised contempt?

For the benefit of our overly silent majority, EirGrid has identified three corridors for their future network of proposed pylons. (Two in Waterford and one across the South of Tipperary). From these three corridors one will be finally chosen as the route for the Gridlink power line linking Wexford and Cork via Waterford city.

According to, EirGrid’s Grid 25 project, (of which Grid Link forms part) some 750 to 1,500 pylons will be erected between 45m and 60m high. Same will carry 400kV overhead lines more than 500km and will be erected not more than 50m from some of our private dwellings.

“For what purpose?” I hear you ask. The most widely held view by those affected is that this Gridlink project, has to do with facilitating our new, and to my view, an unsustainable wind energy sector.  Minister Pat Rabbitte’s recent memorandum of understanding with the UK government with regard to exporting wind turbine produced electricity, now makes Ireland a giant Wind Farm, producing cheap electricity for Europe and may have more to do with this proposed project than indeed it has to do with the upgrading of our own national electricity grid.

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North Tipperary V M C – €5000 For Down Syndrome

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” – Mahatma Gandhi.

Members of North Tipperary Vintage and Machinery Club, (NTVMC) led by John Dunne (Chairman), Murty Ely (Treasurer), and Mary Doyle / Mary Russell (Joint Secretaries) are pictured here presenting a cheque for €5,000 to the local branch members of Down Syndrome.


This presentation was made last Saturday night in Corcoran’s Pub, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, here in Co.Tipperary.

The Club’s Chairman Mr John Dunne spoke of the magnificent efforts of all involved, who had so generously & unselfishly supported their annual fund raising events, not just financially but also by donating their much valued time to all projects undertaken.

Mr Edward Hayes, representing Down Syndrome, in thanking the North Tipperary VMC for their generous donation, spoke of the tremendous work being currently carried out by their Association here in Co Tipperary.

Photo courtesy G.Willoughby.

Thurles Neighbourhood Watch & Rural Cattle Rustling

gardaCattle rustling has started again, striking at Irish midland rural areas. The Gardaí and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) are advising farmers to be extra watchful, especially in relation to any outlying owned or rented farmland, following a spate of recent Wild West style cattle rustling incidents. These incidents have happened here in Tipperary, Galway, Limerick and other midland counties.

Cattle rustling, until recent years, was mainly an isolated Irish North/South border area phenomenon; however cattle thieves are now making massive profits stealing stock from isolated farmsteads in the heartland of Ireland, striking usually under the cover of darkness.

On Monday, October 21st last cattle to the value of €8,000 were believed stolen from a farm near Curran’s Cross, Mountmellick, Co Laois, during the night. Some 15 cows were also taken by cattle rustlers from a farm at Newport, Co Tipperary, last January. A similar robbery was also reported in the nearby area of Castleconnell, Co Limerick.

With prime beef cattle, near finishing, and worth up to €2,000 a head, cattle thieves can make massive profits stealing stock particularly from isolated farmsteads. Since these stolen cattle cannot be legally sent to licensed slaughter houses, it is presumed they are instead being taken to isolated slaughter houses to be butchered and sold out of vans with the carcases later dumped or buried in other remote locations.

Gardaí are requesting farmers to ensure that gates to outside farms are locked and fully secure, thus make it as difficult as possible for thieves to remove animals. They are also asking late night rural motorists to make careful note of persons travelling at night with horse transport trucks, cattle trucks or other such transport vehicles.

Note: Here in Thurles efforts are being made to further revitalise the existing Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in Thurles town, particularly coming up to Christmas. The Thurles Neighbourhood Watch schemes has been of significant benefit to Thurles Gardaí in their fight against house burglaries, minor crime and also ensuring that elderly people, living alone feel protected and safe.  So if you are interested in contributing to your local town community, through Neighbourhood Watch, you are invited to attend at Thurles Garda Station on Wednesday next November 20th 2013, at 7.30pm. (Special Note: This Wednesdays meeting is for Thurles town residents only, however existing outlying regional Neighbourhood Watch Schemes can also expect to be visited in the coming months.)

Remember partnership between An Garda Síochána and the public, works on the basis that every member of a community can help to improve the quality of life in their area, by keeping a look out for their neighbours and immediately reporting any suspicious or unusual activities to the Gardaí.

For further information on Thurles Neighbourhood Watch, contact Garda Chris Verling at Thurles Garda Station Tel: 0504-25100 or Mobile: 083 4156785.

Death Of Mr Dermot Cahill Leugh Thurles Co. Tipperary

Dermot-CahillThe Meeting of the Waters“- Poem extract by Thomas Moore (1779 – 1852)

There is not in the wide world a valley so sweet
As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet.
Oh! the last rays of feeling and life must depart,
Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart.

It is with great sadness we report the death of a great friend to Thurles, Mr Dermot Cahill, Ard na Re, Leugh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Knockbrack, Banteer, Co. Cork.

Mr Cahill, former Manager of Dovea AI Centre and retired, passed away suddenly on September 22nd, 2013 last.

Dermot was beloved husband of Eileen and much loved father of Donal, Conor, Dermot, Cathriona and Mary.  His passing will be sadly missed by his family, his brothers, sisters, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and a very large circle of close friends.

An avid reader, local historian, gardener, store house of knowledge and passionate environmentalist, Mr Cahill will be greatly missed from amongst our community.

Having reposed at the family home from 4:00pm yesterday (Tuesday) September 24th, his remains were removed this Wednesday morning at 9.30am for Requiem Mass at 11:00am, to the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, Co.Tipperary. Mr Cahill’s body was interred later in Killinan Cemetery, Nenagh Road, Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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