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Christmas 2016 Thurles Credit Union Cash Draw

Thurles Credit Union

Thurles Credit Union

The monthly ‘Cash Draw’ for Thurles Credit Union (TCU) Members, for December 2016, took place on Friday 2nd of December 2016 last.

Our congratulations go to this month’s computer generated 1st prize winner M/s Breda Ryan, Kennedy Park, 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:-  Mrs Mary Fitzgerald Doyle, Cluen, Clonoulty, Co. Tipperary,  M/s Ruth Purcell / Alan Ryan, Ard Mhuire, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and M/s Angela Brennan, Athnid, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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.
Congratulations to all the lucky winners.

Note Opening Hours for Thurles Credit Union during Christmas & New Year 2016/17.
Friday 23rd December 2016, 9.30 a.m.5.00 p.m.
Saturday 24th December, 2016 (Closed).
Monday 26th December, 2016 (Closed).
Tuesday 27th December, 2016 (Closed).
Wednesday 28th December, 2016 (Closed).
Thursday 29th December, 2016 (Closed).
Friday 30th December 2016, 9.30 a.m.5.00 p.m.
Saturday 31st December 2016, 9.30a.m2.30 p.m.
Monday 2nd January, 2017 (Closed).
Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 9.30 a.m.5.00 p.m.

Management & Staff of Thurles Credit would also like to take this opportunity to wish all their members a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


‘ Millie’ Wants Your Credit Card Details

GardaGardaí and Revenue Commissioners have become aware of a number of persons who have received phone calls from bogus personnel, purporting to work within local Banks and the Offices of Revenue.

Same calls are seeking Credit Card details and/or demanding immediate payment of tax bills; to be paid over the phone.

The first piece of information to note is that these individuals are not calling from your friendly Bank or Revenue Office.

If you receive a telephone call purporting to be from the Revenue Commissioners and about which you have any doubts, you should contact the Collector General’s Division (Tel:1890 20 30 70), without revealing any further details with regards to your banking or Revenue business.

Calls seeking Credit Card details.
With regard to those seeking Credit Card details; we are aware that telephone calls are being received today, around Tipperary, from a Mobile Tel. No 086/8646588.

In the latter case a woman identifying herself as ‘Millie’, informs you she is from your Bank and that €250 has been removed from your Credit Card account without, she believes, your personal knowledge. She is urgently seeking immediate clarification and confirmation of your Credit Card details, in order to put a halt this or other unwarranted transaction.

Remember anyone who mistakenly provides personal information in response to these types of fraudulent phone calls, should contact their Bank or Credit Card company immediately and alert the Gardaí.

Remember the Gardaí cannot fight crime alone, without the full support and co-operation of local communities and everyone has an onus and a major role to play, in attempting to prevent and reduce every act of criminality.


Thurles Christmas Free Parking Initiative

Christmas Lights - Thurles Town Centre

Christmas Lights – Thurles Town Centre

Free Parking Initiative – Templemore / Thurles Municipal District.

Notice has been given by Templemore / Thurles Municipal District of Free Parking, to be made available on the three Saturday’s prior to Christmas 2016.

Same is designed to assist in promoting local trade and to encourage support for town traders under this jurisdiction, during the festive season; so please do try to shop local,  this Christmas.

Free parking can be found available in the towns of Thurles and Roscrea at all public car parks only, while free parking is available in Templemore throughout the town.

This free parking notice comes into effect for the following three Saturdays only:- Saturday 10th. December, Saturday 17th. December, and Saturday 24th. December.


€200,000 Funding For Lough Derg

Part of Tipperary's Lough Derg shore line.

Tipperary’s Lough Derg

The Department Of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs has allocated €200,000 under the Rural Economic Development Zones (REDZ) initiative for the marketing, development and promotion of The Lough Derg Blueway, which includes the soon to be completed Lough Derg Canoe Trail.

Managed by a Steering Committee comprised of Lough Derg Marketing Group, Clare County Council, Tipperary County Council and Waterways Ireland, the project aims to build on the existing tourism and recreational infrastructure as well as improve economic activity surrounding the Blueway on Lough Derg by working with communities in the towns and villages in its hinterland.

Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose, Cathaoirleach, Tipperary County Council welcomed the announcement of funding for the Lough Derg project stating, “The Lough Derg Lakelands is an excellent hub for activities both on and off the water attracting increasing numbers of domestic and international tourists annually. The REDZ funding will allow us to invest in marketing and promoting Lough Derg as a world class destination offering a memorable visitor experience and the capacity to engage with the communities around Lough Derg during the process.”

Welcoming the funding allocation, Joe MacGrath, Chairperson of the Lough Derg Marketing Group and Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council, explained that the REDZ initiative is about community participation, boosting employment, tackling rural isolation and helping communities to identify the issues and also the solutions.

“The concept of a REDZ involves supporting communities to avail of opportunities to help themselves and their local areas and it is the essence of what a community led approach to rural development is all about. Clare County Council and its partner agencies looks forward to engaging with the local business, community and voluntary sectors in the Scarriff and Nenagh REDZ areas during the coming months to deliver on the opportunities presented by the Lough Derg Blueway,” he added.

Mr. MacGrath said the project will result in a high quality product that will increase tourism to the local towns and villages located close to the western and eastern shores of Lough Derg.

He continued, “The value of the Blueways lies not only in the recreational opportunities that they offer but also in their potential to stimulate local business and regenerate local areas. We will be engaging with businesses and communities throughout the Scarriff and Nenagh REDZ areas while the Blueway’s network of walking, cycling, heritage, food and canoe trails will be marketed and promoted as a signature experience on Lough Derg. It is intended that the initiative will deliver one of the key objectives of the ‘Roadmap for Experience Development and Destination Marketing 2014-2017’ for Lough Derg.”

Meanwhile, the proposed Lough Derg Canoe Trail, which is scheduled for completion by January 2017, will see canoe facilities and service blocks installed in Killaloe, Ballycuggeran, and Scarriff, Mountshannon and Dromaan harbours. The Trail project is an initiative of the Lough Derg Marketing Group and is being funded under the Lough Derg Stimulus Fund. Waterways Ireland is leading the design and development of the project in partnership with Clare County Council, Galway County Council and Tipperary County Council.


Cheer Up – Christmas Bonus On The Way

Still none of the pre election promised jobs for Co. Tipperary to be found in last months CSO Stats published hereunder; but “Cheer Up” with Black Friday over, our Christmas Bonus is on the way.

Warning: Refrain from spending same in the one shop.


Some 1.2 million Social Welfare Recipients and Pensioners will receive their Xmas Bonus possibly by the end of this coming week, at a State cost of €221 million.

Responsible Ministers have signed the necessary order and the bonuses are expected to be paid out between Monday November 28th and Friday, December 2nd 2016, per the Citizens Information Website, details of which can be found by clicking ‘Here‘.

Bonuses in 2016 are promised to equate to 85% of each amount currently paid out to Social Welfare recipients.

Couples with two children in receipt of €372.40 weekly, should receive a Christmas bonus of €316.50.
Single contributory pensioners, in receipt of €233.40 weekly, should receive a Christmas bonus of €198.30.
Single job-seekers in receipt of €188 weekly, should receive a Christmas Bonus of €160.

Be grateful and remember dogs have no money and they are broke their entire lives, but they get through. And of course you know why dogs have no money?  They do not have any pockets.