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€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.


Plans On Show To Provide Dublin With Tipperary Water

With Irish Water intending to brief TD’s and Senators today, in Dublin’s Buswell’s Hotel, on their final details of its €1.2 billion project to pipe water from the river Shannon to Dublin; there is likely to be intense local opposition to the plans from rural farming groups and local residents.


Oireachtas members have today been invited to a presentation on the final preferred route, understood to stretch from the Parteen Basin through counties Tipperary and Offaly to Peamount in South Co. Dublin. The project to pipe water from the river Shannon to Dublin is aimed at supplying some 330 million litres to our capital city.  Irish Water confirm this same supply on a daily basis would be the equivalent in size to the capacity of 125 Olympic size swimming pools, with same including not just a drinking supply, but also water for necessary industrial requirements.

Calls to repair the existing leakages to conserve water, estimated at 40% of Dublin’s current existing supplies within the city’s existing infrastructure, have being dismissed as being insufficient to meet future need, with the population of the greater Dublin area expected to rise from 1.5 million presently, to an estimated 2.1 million by 2050.

Compensation to the ESB is expected to cost the State about €1 million a year for their lost generating capacity, while compensation to land owners; required to grant a 50m wide way-leave for construction, to in future become a 20m way-leave when completed, has not been fully estimated, but will be negotiated with representative organisations, including angling bodies, tourism interests, the Irish Farmers Association and the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, using the existing methodology which currently applies when compensating those inconvenienced by gas pipeline construction.

Those opposed to the project claim that construction of this project is simply the building of a piece of infrastructure which, in the future, developed as a State asset, will be sold off to yet another foreign ‘Vulture Fund’.


Public Car Park For ‘Bowling Green’ Area Of Thurles

Tipper cocoNotice has been published that Tipperary County Council proposes to carry out the much needed construction of a Public Car Park, containing some 25 parking spaces, at an area known locally as the Bowling Green, (Beside Peake Villa Football Grounds. – Planning Ref: 14600266), on Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, close to St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Intended plans and other particulars of this proposed development will be made available for inspection, or, if copies desired, same can be purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making such copies, from the Offices of Tipperary County Council, (Templemore and Thurles Municipal District Office), situated at Slievenamon Road, Thurles, (Opening Hours 9.30am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday), for the period from 3rd November, 2016 to 16th December, 2016 (Excluding Public Holidays).

PDF’s showing a ‘Location Map’ and the ‘Site Layout’ for this proposed development can be viewed HERE.

Any further submissions or observations, with respect to this proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of this area at which this proposed development would be situated, can be made in writing to M/s Deirdre O’Shea, (Acting District Administrator), Tipperary County Council, (Templemore Thurles Municipal District), Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note: Same submissions or observations should be received no later than 4.30pm on January 6th 2017.


Five Tipperary Towns & Villages Benefit From Renewal Scheme


Michael Lowry TD

Five Tipperary towns and villages are to benefit from the ‘Town and Village Renewal Scheme’, same announced some time ago by the Fine Gael TD and Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Having made strong representations to Minister Humphreys on behalf of all applications put forward from Tipperary Co. Council; Michael Lowry TD today welcomed the inclusion of the towns and villages across Tipperary, included as part of this renewal scheme.

Welcoming the funding, the Tipperary Independent TD stated, “This funding awarded to these five towns and villages in Tipperary will be used for a number of different projects, already identified by Tipperary Co. Council and in consultation with local Councillors and active Community Groups. This rural funding will greatly assist in projects such as improving footpaths, public plazas, visual landscaping and the enhancement of tourism amenities”.

As stated; a total of five towns and villages across Tipperary are to benefit, with €380,000 in total having been awarded to the following individual urban areas.

Tipperary Town will get €97,500 for the enhancement of the ‘Centre Plaza Project’ in the town.
Borrisokane will receive €97,500 to be spent on ‘Street and Pavement Enhancement’.
Carrick-on-Suir will benefit to the tune of €47,500 for ‘Landscaping and Development of a Public Plaza’.
Cahir will also receive €97,500 for the enhancement of ‘Public Toilet facilities’.
Templemore will receive €40,000 as part of its ‘Landscape Development Plan’.

This funding, drawn down, will meet up to 85% of the total cost of each of the projects identified.

In welcoming the funding Deputy Lowry stated, “This ‘Renewal Scheme’ funding will play a vital roll in the advancement of identified projects chosen for investment under this overall scheme”.