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Funding For Tipperary Active Elderly Groups

moneySome 50 odd groups across County Tipperary have been granted what are being whispered as funding, worthy of the Charles Dickens character ‘Ebenezer Scrooge,’  in the government’s efforts to encourage older people to be more active.

As part of the ‘Go for Life‘ grants scheme, being implemented by the present government, just €15,000 has been allocated to be divided up between 50 older active groups in North and South Tipperary.

Two groups in Thurles, namely Thurles ARA and Thurles ICA are to receive just €270 each.

Thurles town’s near neighbour Cashel will receive €260 each for two community groups; namely Cashel and District ARA and Cashel Day Care Centre, while to the north the neighbouring town of Templemore ARA group will received also a mere €270.

Groups in Clonmel, Roscrea, Tipperary Town and Nenagh are also to receive similar sums of funding.

When divided up, one wonders which shop will benefit most from this massive injection of public capital, but on the other hand I suppose one should be grateful, certainly no currently elected representative in Tipperary can be accused of attempting to ‘rig’ the European and Local Elections, to be held next year.

Still, I suppose when organisations in this country are permitted to steal hard won charity donated funding, intended for the mouths of children with disabilities, allowing same instead to be used to top-up the demanded pay of worthy executive types, (We won’t mention government special advisers, same paid thousands of Euro over agreed terms and conditions.) these elderly people should be on their knees thanking God that they get even one crumb, which occasionally falls from this State’s well protected cake stand.

In the words of Charles Dickens; “No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.” (Extract from ‘A Christmas Carol.’)

North Tipperary V M C – €5000 For Down Syndrome

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” – Mahatma Gandhi.

Members of North Tipperary Vintage and Machinery Club, (NTVMC) led by John Dunne (Chairman), Murty Ely (Treasurer), and Mary Doyle / Mary Russell (Joint Secretaries) are pictured here presenting a cheque for €5,000 to the local branch members of Down Syndrome.


This presentation was made last Saturday night in Corcoran’s Pub, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, here in Co.Tipperary.

The Club’s Chairman Mr John Dunne spoke of the magnificent efforts of all involved, who had so generously & unselfishly supported their annual fund raising events, not just financially but also by donating their much valued time to all projects undertaken.

Mr Edward Hayes, representing Down Syndrome, in thanking the North Tipperary VMC for their generous donation, spoke of the tremendous work being currently carried out by their Association here in Co Tipperary.

Photo courtesy G.Willoughby.

Local Area Credit Union Art Competition 2013

CU-ArtistsPictured above, at a recent presentation, are the prize winners of the Credit Union Art Competition (Local Area) with Mr DJ Darcy (Thurles Credit Union President).

Credit Union Poster Competition Winners 2013

7 Years & Under: 1st Prize, Amber Bannon, Ballycahill N.S.;  2nd Prize, Emma Carey Scoil Iosagáin, Upperchurch; 3rd Prize, Sophie Delaney, Moycarkey N.S., Pouldine.
8 Years – 10 Years: 1st Prize, Roisín Bambrick, Leugh N.S; 2nd Prize, Louise Wellwood, Urlingford N.S. Co Kilkenny,; 3rd Prize, Kevin Fitzgerald, Littleton N.S..
11 Years – 13 Years: 1st Prize, Amy Bourke, Presentation Secondary, Thurles; 2nd Prize, Charlie Tobin, St Kieran’s N.S., Johnstown, Co Kilkenny; 3rd Prize, Joe O’Donoghue, Coláiste Mhuire CO-ED, Thurles.
14 Years – 17 Years: 1st Prize, Emily Bourke, Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles; 2nd Prize, Zoe Taylor, Presentation Secondary, Thurles; 3rd Prize, Michelle Hickey, Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown,Co Kilkenny.
18 Years & Over: 1st Prize, Kelly Morris, Colaiste Mhuire CO ED, Thurles; 2nd Prize, Roland Santos, Colaiste Mhuire CO ED, Thurles.

Special Category Winners 2013

7 Years & Under: 1st Prize, Paul Crowe St Kevin’s N.S. Littleton.
11 Years – 13 Years: 1st Prize, Eoin Sharkey, St Kieran’s N.S. Johnstown, Co Kilkenny.
14 Years – 17 Years: 1st Prize, James Wellwood Colaiste Mhuire Johnstown, Co Kilkenny.
18 Years & Over: 1st Prize, Bernadette Dunne, Millennium Resource Centre, Glengoole; 2nd Prize, Pat Purcell, Millennium Resource Centre, Glengoole; 3rd Prize, Donie Horan, Millennium Resource Centre, Glengoole.

Congratulations to all who took part in this popular local area Credit Union event.

New Development By RehabCare Officially Opens In Thurles

A new development by RehabCare and Newgrove Housing Association, which provides services for 20 people with autism and intellectual disabilities will be officially opened tomorrow (November 29th) by Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Mr Alan Kelly TD.

A-KellyThese purpose-built facilities in Stradavoher, on the outskirts of Thurles town, include a day service providing support to 11 young adults with autism, intellectual disabilities and mental health difficulties, a high support residential service for four young adults with autism and intellectual disabilities with 24 hour support from staff, a house which offers supported accommodation to four adults with intellectual disabilities and a self-contained annex to provide independent living for one person with a disability.

The construction of the day service resource centre was funded by the HSE MidWest and through fund raising by Rehab Group. €1.5million in funding was received from North Tipperary County Council for the site acquisition and construction costs.

The housing services were funded through the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government’s Capital Assistance Scheme which provides funding to provide housing for local people with disabilities, and Department of Environment Community and Local Government Communal Facilities Grant which was processed through North Tipperary County Council.

In addition to the new facilities at Stradavoher, RehabCare also provides a number of other services for young adults with autism and intellectual disability in North Tipperary. These include two residential services in Two Mile Borris and a respite care service in Cluain Glas.

Date: Friday, 29th November 2013.
Time: 11:00am.
Venue: RehabCare, Stradavoher, Thurles.

ESB Unions Warn Of Possible Lights Out

esbStaff at the ESB have overwhelmingly voted in favour of industrial action, in their row over a €1.6 billion deficit in the company pension scheme.

Workers are opposing the company’s decision to pay a dividend of €78m to the State during the summer and a special dividend of €400m to the Exchequer, following the sale of certain assets, while this €1.6 billion deficit remains outstanding.

In total 87.5% of those balloted backed industrial action, with 12.5% opposed, from a turnout of 81%. In the Unite union, the vote in favour of strike action was as high as 89%.  Four employees have already taken legal action against the company over this issue.

While unions have been invited to talks, same have not yet responded and no decision has been made as yet to serve notice of future industrial action.

While the ESB acknowledged the potentially serious impact on their customers, certainly hard struggling businesses will have little or no tolerance for any disruption to their electricity service, coming up to the Christmas season.

Irish Consumers pay on average €0.22518 per kWh for electricity, the 6th highest cost in Europe while the United Kingdom pay just €0.17078, France €0.14466, Greece €0.14073 and Poland €0.14618 only per kWh.

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