The winner of last months (July 2013) Cash Draw at Thurles Credit Union was Mr Eamon Purcell, Slieve Ardagh, Ballysloe, Thurles.
Pictured here at the presentation are Ms Michelle McCormack (Thurles Credit Union), Mr Eamon Purcell (Cash Draw Winner), and Mr Donal Scannell (CEO Thurles Credit Union).
Congratulations to the other cash prize winners, Ms Mary Walsh, Kennedy Park, Thurles, Co Tipperary; Mr Paul Manton, Urard, Urlingford, Co Kilkenny; Ms Pauline Whelan, Canal Road, Johnstown, Co Kilkenny and Mr Edward O’Meara, Bohernanave, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Yes austerity really does work, check out the figures below, but first a big thank you from all here in Tipperary, in particular to the Labour Party who continue to support Fine Gael in saving our nation from total collapse by the introduction of laws/taxes, which fail to take into consideration a person’s ability to pay.
Figures from the CSO confirm that some 82% of households had reduced their spending in the third quarter of 2012, as a result of the economic downturn.
The category where spending was most frequently reduced was going out to pubs, restaurants etc (66% of households), followed by clothing, footwear (65% of households) and groceries (51% of households).
Over one third of households who used a car had cut back on their expenditure on this means of transport.
Some 14% of owner occupied households with a mortgage were unable to make mortgage repayments on time at least once in the previous twelve months due to financial difficulties, while on the rental side 19% of all renting households failed to pay rent on time at least once.
Over 40% of households indicated that they had experienced difficulties in keeping up with their bills and debts, while two fifths of individuals were concerned about their level of personal debt into the future.
Over half of these said that they were currently more concerned than they had been twelve months previously. Only 5% indicated that their level of concern had decreased.
Meanwhile RTE has confirmed it was €65.2m in the red last year following a major restructuring of the company. The state broadcaster insists however that it was on target to break even in 2013, and thank God the Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte is on hand to keep a close eye on their finances which in real terms of course means an increase in licence fees, through mobile phone and computer usage is about to be demanded, to ensure they do. Now with plenty of repeat programming and Pat Kenny’s wage packet no longer an issue, this will most certainly be achieved.
Looks like all the numerous holes in this rotten hulk called Ireland are now sealed and we are once more sailing on calm, clear, blue waters, into a bright, new dawn. Expect full employment by a week from next Thursday, but before that expect a few more Labour TD’s to jump overboard very soon.
As most people by now are aware, Thurles Town Council has appointed URS Ireland to manage the upcoming refurbishment of Liberty Square. Many of you will have observed their staff at work in past days, photographing areas of the town in their effort to get some idea of the town’s unique personality, as part of a consultancy process.
URS is a global supplier of multidisciplinary engineering service which provide a comprehensive range of services, including strategic consulting for new projects, advising on social, environmental and economic risk, through to the operation, maintenance and the provision of bespoke relevant solutions within the context of the environment and the communities who select their services.
Liberty Square Thurles – Thurles Chamber President Mr PJ. Shanahan
Thurles Chamber & Thurles Town Council are now inviting, you the public, to contribute to this 21st century design of Liberty Square, which is at the very heart of our local community.
Thurles Chamber President Mr P.J. Shanahan today called on the general public and the business community as a whole, to become involved in this consultation process.
Mr Shanahan stated “We want to hear your requirements for deliveries, parking, the pedestrian & cycling environment, pavement space, planting and to discuss any other concerns you might have about construction works and how it might affect, in particular the local business community. Together with Thurles Town Council we are committed to maintaining close contact with business owners on Liberty Square and all adjoining streets, during this eventual construction period.”
A select committee within Thurles Chamber (namely Mr Thomas Bourke, Mr Hugh Ryan, Mr John Butler, M/S Marie Boyle & Mr P.J Shanahan,) will meet with URS Ireland at 12.30pm on Tuesday, July 30th next, to consult and progress this project to its final stage.
Thurles Chamber are now requesting that as many persons as possible, from both public & business interests, to attend at The Source, Cathedral Street, Thurles from 3.00pm to 8.00pm on July 30th next, where UPS Ireland will be happy to hear expressions of new ideas, views, and concerns regarding this proposed and exciting project.
While Thurles Chamber refused to comment on current difficulties regarding traffic issues and town centre car parking difficulties, sources close to Thurles.Info hint that property has been purchased on the West side of Liberty Square, by Thurles Town Council (the side locally referred to as the ‘money side,’ differentiating from the North side known as the ‘sunny side,) with a view to providing extra space adjacent to this town centre area, which would possibly offer exit routes via Emmet Street, Thomond Road & Liberty Square, and are subject to further negotiations.
For Further Information – Contact Thurles Chamber (Catherine: 9.30am to 12.30pm,) at Tel:0504-49169 or URS Ireland (Deidre or Eoin,) Tel: 01-2933200.
Munster Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
The once popular & currently vacant Munster Hotel, Cathedral Street, Thurles, is presently being offered for sale, with an asking price of €500,000.
The site is situated on 1.89 acres of land, which comprises a 3 storey over basement property with rear garden and a surfaced car park.
Situated at the eastern end of Thurles town, yet centrally located, it connects to the N62 and N75 national roads and is in close proximity to the M8 Cork to Dublin Motorway.
The building has extensive road frontage together with a number of points of access, both from Cathedral Street and from the rear car park, including independent access to a fully fitted two storey public bar, with adjoining snooker rooms. There is also separate access to the main function room from the existing car park at the rear.
Accommodation includes: A large Function Room with two separate bars, large Multilevel Bar spanning three floors, Nightclub located on the upper floor, three floors of Self Contained Bedroom Accommodation, Snooker Room, Multiple meeting rooms, Lift access to each floor, a Basement (flood damaged at basement level,) with Commercial Access, large surfaced Car Park with separate access and a large old world Walled Private Garden to the rear.
Adjacent to this property is the Cathedral and Presbytery, a number of primary and secondary schools and St Patrick’s college a Third Level Institution. The property is zoned ‘Town Centre,’ in the Thurles and Environs Development Plan 2009 – 2015.
BER Rating: Number 800190712 with Rating C1.
Joint Agents acting for the sale of this property are Savills, 11 South Mall, Cork – Contact: Peter O’ Meara – Tel 021 / 4271371 and P.J. Broderick Auctioneers, Liberty Square, Thurles, Co Tipperary – Contact: Peter Broderick – Tel 0504 / 22811.
Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald TD
Frances Fitzgerald, TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, on Thursday last announced that €2.75 million in capital grant funding had been allocated to 671 grantees, subject to contract, from childcare settings throughout Ireland.
Frances Fitzgerald has now announced funding of €62,757 for North Tipperary and €31,566 for South Tipperary for childcare services in the county. Some of the organisations to benefit include Baile Beag Montessori PreSchool (Littleton), Tumbletotos Playschool (Clonmel), St Sheelan’s Childcare Centre (Templemore), Little Tots Academy (Newport) and First Steps Montessori (Borrisoleigh).
This programme is a national programme administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and this year’s funding scheme, covered four strands:-
(1) Small grants to purchase equipment or carry out small maintained work, assessed by the local childcare committees.
(2) Grants to improve accessibility of services for children with disabilities.
(3) Grants to provide natural outdoor spaces that promote active outdoor play.
(4) Grants towards critical works to ensure that buildings are ‘Fit for Purpose,’ under the childcare regulations (Latter open to community/not for profit services,).