Contributions to Clubs and Organisations Grant Scheme – Templemore Thurles Municipal District 2015.
Mr Seamus Hanafin
Tipperary County Councillor Mr Seamus Hanafin wishes to inform the public that applications are being invited from Residents Associations, Sports Clubs (Latter for the provision of playing facilities for young people) and other Voluntary Groups, to avail of funding, soon to be made available in the Templemore-Thurles Municipal District.
This Grant Aid will not include funding for Tidy Towns groups, Burial Grounds or Festival Committees, under this particular scheme.
Templemore-Thurles Municipal District
The Templemore-Thurles Municipal District consists of the electoral divisions of Aghnameadle, Ballycahill, Ballymurreen, Borrisnafarney, Borrisnoe, Borrisoleigh, Bourney East, Bourney West, Buolick, Clogher, Drom, Fennor, Gaile, Glenkeen, Gortkelly, Holycross, Inch, Kilcooly, Killavinoge, Killea, Kilrush, Littleton, Longfordpass, Loughmore, Moyaliff, Moycarky, Moyne, Rahelty, Rathnaveoge, Roscrea, Templemore, Templetouhy, Thurles Rural, Thurles Urban, Timoney, Two-Mile-Borris, Upperchurch.
Application forms can be obtained on line by downloading from HERE or by calling directly to the Templemore-Thurles Municipal District Offices, at Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Note: The closing date for receipt of all completed application forms is Friday, March 13th, 2015.
All applicants should note that this allocation of funding relates to 2015 only and is no guarantee of funding into the future .
Thurles Credit Union held their local round of the Credit Union Quiz 2015 in the Premier Hall, Thurles on Friday 30th January 2015 last.
Gael Scoil Bhríde (Left above) were victorious in the U13 quiz, while Scoil Ailbhe (Right above) progressed victoriously in the U11 quiz.
Scoil Iosagain, Upperchurch, came second in the U11 and 3rd in the U13, while Scoil Chroí Naofa, Urlingford took 3rd place in the U11 quiz. Scoil Ailbhe also achieved 2nd place at the U13, in addition to their already U11 success.
Thurles Credit Union would like to thank the parents and teachers of all the participating schools and wish both Gael Scoil Bhríde and Scoil Ailbhe every success in the upcoming Chapter level quiz, where they will do battle with school quiz teams from other Credit Unions throughout North Tipperary.
Winners of the forthcoming Chapter level quiz will then progress to the All Ireland Credit Union competition to be held in Dublin at a date yet to be decided, during April of this year.
Despite the visit on Monday last by seven senior current governing Government Politicians; which included An Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny, An Tánaiste M/s Joan Burton, Minister for Justice M/s Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for the Environment Mr Alan Kelly, Minister for Jobs Mr Richard Bruton, Junior State Minister for Agriculture Mr Tom Hayes, Minister for Agriculture Mr Simon Coveney, including 4 other duly elected resident Co Tipperary politicians namely Noel Coonan (Fine Gael), Séamus Healy (Independent), Mattie McGrath (Independent), Michael Lowry (Independent) the Live Register of Unemployed Persons in Co Tipperary’s continues to rise.
Figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), latter the Governments own body responsible for compiling Irish official statistics, show that unemployment increased again by 41 persons during the month of January 2015, when compared to similar figures published by the CSO in December 2014.
Note: Readers can view these figures for themselves by clicking Here.
It should also be noted that no opportunity was afforded to any Tipperary Development Groups to sit down, even briefly, with An Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny or Minister for Jobs Mr Richard Bruton or indeed any of the aforementioned visiting government elected officials; to enter into helpful future dialogue regarding the future growth and enhancement of Co Tipperary.
Unemployment Figures For Co Tipperary as at January 31st 2015
- North Tipperary Unemployment for December 2014 – Both Sexes – All Ages = 6,271.
Nenagh – Both Sexes – All Ages = 2,542, Roscrea – Both Sexes – All Ages = 1,193, Thurles – Both Sexes – All ages = 2,536.
- South Tipperary Unemployment – Both Sexes – All Ages = 7,864.
Cahir – Both Sexes – All Ages = 1,135, Carrick-On-Suir – Both Sexes – All Ages = 1,699, Cashel – Both Sexes – All Ages = 1,031, Clonmel - Both Sexes – All Ages = 2,478, Tipperary Town – Both Sexes – All Ages = 1,521.
- Total Unemployed Persons in Co Tipperary for December 2014 = 14,135.
- North Tipperary Unemployment Figures for January 2015 – Both Sexes – All ages = 6,312.
Nenagh – Both sexes – All ages = 2,568 (Up 26), Roscrea – Both Sexes – All Ages = 1,166 (Down 27), Thurles – Both Sexes – All Ages = 2,578 (Up 42), Total unemployment increase in North Tipperary 41.
- South Tipperary – Both Sexes – All Ages = 7,864.
Cahir – Both Sexes – All Ages = 1,129 (Down 6), Carrick-On-Suir – Both Sexes – All Ages = 1,685 (Down 14), Cashel – Both sexes – All ages = 1,060 (Up 29), Clonmel – Both sexes – All ages = 2,480 (Up 2), Tipperary Town – Both Sexes – All Ages = 1,510 (Down 11).
- Total Unemployed Persons in Co. Tipperary for January 2015 = 14,176.
Counties Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary are three counties which, when joined together, make up the ‘Mid-West Region,’ latter which is also known the ‘Shannon Region,’ due to its close proximity and distinctive corridor carved out by the lower River Shannon and its basin.
At a specially convened meeting of Clare County Council this evening, the local authority’s 28 Elected Membership unanimously rejected any commitment from IAG that does not explicitly guarantee Aer Lingus’ long term commitment to services between Shannon Airport and London Heathrow.
This call follows IAG’s statement today that it will keep the Aer Lingus Heathrow slots for Irish routes for at least five years if the company’s proposed takeover is successful.
Clare County Council however, has warned that any guarantee that omits a specific reference to Shannon is “unacceptable” and that the Government should retain its 25.1% shareholding in the airline.
“If IAG chief executive Willie Walsh and his company were truly committed to maintaining and strengthening Aer Lingus then he would already have made clear moves towards appeasing the very real concerns of the people and businesses of the West of Ireland who have contributed to establishing the Shannon-Heathrow route as one of the airline’s flagship services,” said Cllr John Crowe, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council.
Speaking following this evening’s meeting, Cllr. Crowe confirmed the Members of Clare County Council are now calling on the Taoiseach, Minister for Finance and the Government to “unilaterally oppose” the sale of Aer Lingus and retain its 25.1% shareholding.
Members are also requesting that Aer Lingus management increase connectivity and levels of service to Shannon Airport to “ensure balanced regional development and on commercial grounds to grow market share for Aer Lingus.”
Cllr Crowe said he will be formally writing to An Taoiseach to outline the Council’s concerns, as expressed at this evening’s meeting.
“There is a sense of déjà-vu amongst my colleagues that Aer Lingus, under the guise of IAG, could repeat the woeful decision of the airline to remove Shannon’s Heathrow slots in 2007. It didn’t make commercial sense then nor does it now, but it is clear that IAG are unwilling to guarantee these slots in the future hence our unanimous opposition to the sale of the airline,” stated Councillor Crowe.
“Underpinning the significant developments in improving infrastructure and expanding the tourism and business sectors in the West of Ireland in recent years is proper access to this region. The Shannon-Heathrow link is of absolute critical, strategic importance to maintaining existing development in the industry and tourism area and to position the wider region for further growth and investment into the future.”
“The growth of Shannon Airport since separation from the DAA demonstrates the capacity of management at the airport to achieve future growth. It is critical the airport can continue to operate in an environment which facilitates such growth into the future. Any reduction in connectivity consequent to a sale to IAG would have a serious negative impact,” said Councillor Crowe.
Construction begins on the new Thurles Town Park.
Perhaps it comes from that occasional light tap I received on the back of my head from a loving Grandmother as a young boy; her occasional reminder that I had failed to convey an appropriate “Thank You” at a required point in time. Perhaps, maybe it is my own inquisitive nature in attempting to acquire true historical facts, or indeed maybe it’s both. Whichever, this week I found myself rummaging amongst the publicly accessible records, held currently behind the attractive red brick exterior of the Thurles Town Council office.
As many of our local readers will be well aware, an exciting new project, which has the backing of both Thurles residents and businesses; obtained through a process of full consultation, has now been initiated here in Thurles; the end positive result of which will be the emergence of a much needed Town Park amenity.
For the benefit of our many absent readers, latter formally natives of the town, but now for one reason or another are resident abroad; the construction of this soon to be realised Town Park is on property, formally farmland, owned by St Patricks College and positioned to the rear of The Source Complex, immediately east of the river Suir.
Chosen for the overseeing construction of this new park is SIAC Construction, a large multi-disciplined construction group with significant operations across Ireland and further afield, established and renowned for providing turnkey solutions to the Irish Building and Civil Engineering industry.
A Town Park For Thurles
From my research possibly the first public mention ever of a Town Park for Thurles, (according to notes examined), was back in 1910. The suggested site was, believe it or not, on hallowed turf known today as “Semple Stadium.” Back then different views and ideas were being tossed about as to whether the present Semple Stadium site should be used, not to build the second largest Stadium in Ireland, but for use as a Graveyard or as a Town Park. Lack of any real decision making, resulted in an umbrella group being formed by some residents of Thurles, latter seeking a ‘Sports Field,’ which same eventually and through personal private / donations was successfully purchased for a sum reported to be between £1,100 and £1,700.
However today’s now sanctioned Thurles Town Park project was initially the brainchild of visionary Mr Tomas (Tom) Barry, latter recently retired Chief Executive of Carlow Co Council, but who was Thurles Town Manager in 2002.
Following discussions with his Council Administrative Staff, Mr Barry decided to include a proposal to Thurles Councillors to increase the towns overall ‘Commercial Rate’ by 25%, in the upcoming 2003 Budget estimates, bringing it into line with other Irish towns of similar size. His forward looking plan was that some 15% of this 25% increase would be ‘ring fenced,’ to meet local contributions required for a possible number of future Capital Projects within the town. It was anticipated back then that this 15% would yield some €200,000.00 per annum.
The Visionary Future For Thurles
Mr Barry in his five point visionary plan unveiled a possible, yet attainable dream for Thurles, details of which are listed hereunder:-
(1) A Leisure Centre. (2) Regional Arts Centre. (3) Thurles Town Centre Enhancement. (4) Thurles Town Park / River Walk. (5) Upgrading / Extension to Thurles Council Offices (Latter then grossly overcrowded and unfit for day to day business transactions.)
Mr Barry, in his report on this proposed budget, had stated to his elected Councillors that a Leisure Centre, Regional Arts Centre and a Town Park should be visualised for the future, as being all major practical additions to any town’s recreational facilities, while a Town Enhancement Scheme would dramatically augment an overall appearance of the Thurles town centre.
Having shared his vision with Town Councillors, Mr Barry’s proposals were considered at the 2003 Budget Meeting which was held on Thursday, December 19th 2002. This aforementioned Budget, which including this 25% Commercial Rate increase, was formally adopted by a 5 votes to 2 majority, with two other councillors unavoidably absent from that meeting.
Who Shared In Tom Barry’s Thurles Town Vision?
Those who shared Mr Tom Barry’s future vision, thus voting ‘For‘ the adoption of this proposed 2003 Budget increase were; Elected Councillors Mr John Kenehan (Now retired former Thurles Mayor), the Late Mr Paddy Durack (RIP), Mr John Kennedy (Now an outgoing Councillor), Mrs Mae Quin (Now retired), and Mr Martin Ryan (Now retired).
Those who voted ‘Against‘ Mr Tom Barry’s future vision for the town and thus against the adoption of this same 2003 Budget were; then elected Town Councillor Mr Paddy Barry (Now retired) and Mr Jim Ryan (Recently re-elected Co Councillor).
Those who ‘Abstained‘, through being unavoidably absent from this Budget meeting were; Elected Councillors M/s Frances Boyle (Now retired) and the Late M/s Ann Mernagh (RIP).
This new Budget, then formally adopted in December 2002, saw the immediate ring fencing of some 15% of annual town revenues generated, which in turn were wisely invested by an ever shrewd Town Clerk, Mr Michael Ryan, latter now presently Thurles District’s Administrator. Mr Ryan’s superb money management, through selective investments, would later lead Councillor John Kenehan to be entered into the final Minute Book of Thurles Town Council, using wording to the effect. “I would like to thank in particular Town Clerk Mr Michael Ryan, who kept Thurles Town Council always so strongly and clearly financially focused along a straight and narrow path .”
Work has now begun to put this long awaited amenity in place with great care being taken to preserve and restore all existing important historical architecture and stonework identified with this site, including the restoration of the arched entranced Victorian farm shed, once associated possibly with the storing of horse drawn machinery.
To all persons past and present, who through their vision and business acumen, or in any way, shape or form, contributed to this now, soon to be realised, Thurles Town Park, the people of Thurles say “Thank You” for your successful planning, management and overall foresight, as we watch this dream now become a reality.