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Donation To Thurles Meals On Wheels

Thurles ‘Meals on Wheels’ Committee


Pictured Back Row L – R:- M. Fahey, C. Verling (Community Garda), C. Hayes, B. Maher, B. Gleeson (Solr), T. Collins, J. Halloran, C. Halloran, T. Joyce, P. Drake.                       Front Row L – R:- P. O’Connor, M. O’Connor, J. Browne, M. Doyle, K. Dorney, P. Russell & L. Cooke.

Mrs Mary Doyle, (Thurles Meals On Wheels), pictured above, receiving a sizeable donation of €1,020.00 in funding from Miss Josephine Browne, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Miss Browne raised the funding through her being sponsored and her personal completion of the North Tipperary 2016 Ladies Mini Marathon, latter held here in Thurles on Sunday September 25th last. This was Miss Browne’s second year taking part in the event for charity.

Miss Browne would like to take this opportunity to thank all her sponsors for their generous donations of support, which enabled her to participate in this annual fund-raising event.

Well Done Josephine.


Let There Be No Excitement Please

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies”.

[Above quote by British publisher & political publicist Sir Ernest John Pickstone Benn.]

Some 1,433 persons left the live register during September 2016, per figures published in a Statistical Release on the 6th of this month, October 2016, by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Some 649 left the Live Register in North Tipperary, while 784 persons vacated same in South Tipperary.


However, please let all our 1000 (+) daily readers refrain from ‘jumping for joy’, at this time, as no new Foreign Direct Investment or indeed any other sizeable form of decent employment has darkened our borders; despite the promises of the outgoing former Fine Gael / Labour coalition government, prior to the General Election held on February 26th 2016 last.

I am informed by the CSO that this sudden drop in Social Welfare claimants is merely down to normal reductions expected in September figures, brought about by students returning to education, etc.

In the hope of finding out more information on this September statistics reduction, an e-mail query has been forwarded to the Labour Market Section, at labour@cso.ie. Should I receive a reply, you our readers will be first to be informed.

One major tax concession in Tuesday’s ‘non event leaked budget’  is most certainly not expected to permeate the picturesque borders of Co. Tipperary in the immediate future. I refer of course to the concession directed at first-time new house buyers and the tax refund of up to €20,000 on those buying newly built homes, valued at up to €600,000. (Much of this concession paid for out of taxes taken from minimum paid workers who will not ever be able to buy a house.)

To take advantage of this major tax concession of course such young people will first need to hold a job. With 18 to 24-year-olds only getting an additional €2.70 per week, bringing their personal weekly rate of unemployment benefit to €102.70 per week; whatever about our cities, I don’t expect to see a huge surge in newly built houses in Co. Tipperary.

Twenty five year old persons benefited to the tune of €3.80 in their personal rate in Tuesday’s budget, bringing their payments to €127.80. Even twenty-five-year-olds will have difficulty in simply affording /attending a job interview in Dublin, where all the jobs are available; with the cost of a return train fare in excess of €50, (Note Dublin to Thurles, return, presently costs €53).

Perhaps a reduction in builders VAT Rates and a public transport concession for those seeking employment would have been a more appropriate answer to the problems of first time house buyers and major unemployment, latter up 120% over the past 10 years in Co. Tipperary.


Thurles Credit Union Members October Cash Draw

credit union The monthly ‘Cash Draw’ for Thurles Credit Union (TCU) Members, for October 2016, took place last Saturday (1st October 2016).

Our congratulations go to this month’s computer generated 1st prize winners Thomas and Kathleen Burke, Thurles, Co.Tipperary, latter who won the monthly 1st prize of a whopping great €10,000 in cash.

Congratulations must also go to three other lucky TCU Member winners, each of whom received prizes of €1,000 each;  namely:-  M/s Esther Butler, Horse & Jockey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; Mr & Mrs Kevin & Irene Kelly, Loughmore, Templemore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and finally M/s Carmel Tierney, Bawnmore, Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny.

Please Note: Members can still join these current TCU Members Monthly Cash Draws by simply completing an application form in any of the three Thurles Credit Union associated offices or by downloading the ‘Members’ Cash Draw Application Authorisation’ from HERE.


Seventy Jobs Lost in Tipperary Town

DoleIn excess of some 70 jobs were lost in the town of Tipperary this morning with the regrettable closure of a mushroom growing facility. McDonald Mushrooms closed today with its Managing Director blaming job losses on the recent Brexit vote.

One of the largest employers in the Tipperary town area, an emotional Mr Peter McDonald today stated that it was a sad day for himself, for his family and his entire workforce.  Staff were informed on Wednesday morning last of the decision to discontinue the operation. Following the result of the recent Brexit vote, the considerably change in Sterling values, and despite every effort being made to keep the facility viable, earning capacity was lowered by some 17%, thus insuring the non viability of the operation to continue trading.

Fianna Fáil nationally are now calling for the government to urgently support the Irish Mushroom Sector, which has been left particularly vulnerable by the value of pound sterling; rightfully claiming that some 3,500 jobs are immediately at risk nationwide.

In the past McDonald Mushrooms produced over 1.58 million kilos in weight (3.16 million lbs) of mushrooms annually, with the majority of same being exported direct to the British mainland.

This business which had survived the recession had been in operation for some 17 years near Tipperary town and the profile of their employee structure included both local Irish and foreign national workers.


Thurles – Real Back To School Bargain

pencilsParents, Teachers – Note Bargain of the Week.

‘Crayola Twistable Pencils’ have become increasingly popular with children; also their parents and teachers, in recent years.

No more pencil sharpening and associated mess; you simply twist the top and continue to colour. The only disadvantage however has been the associated price tag, with a set of tenCrayola Twistable Pencils‘ typically retailing at €3.99; both online and in the shops.

However, this week in Tesco Thurles, ‘Crayola Twistable Pencils’ are on sale (while stocks last), for the incredible low price of just €1.29 per pack of 10. That’s cheaper than their no-brand equivalent!

A Real Back to School Bargain Folks!