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Co Tipperary Benefit From Childcare Grant Funding

Minister for Children

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,).

Horse & Jockey Vintage Club Raise Funds For Thurles Meals on Wheels

Horse & Jockey Vintage Club members recently covered a 210 mile return trip, travelling at just 20mph, to raise €1000.00 for the “Thurles Meals On Wheels,” Centre, latter situated at Stradavoher, Thurles.

Their route, using vintage tractors, took them to Innishannon (Irish: Inis Eonáin.) in Co Cork. Included in our picture are Vintage Club members & Thurles Meals On Wheels volunteers & organisers Michael Kennedy, Bob Maher, Sadie Hayden, Billy Gleeson, Pat Buckley, Michael Fahey, David Campbell, Mary Doyle, Liam Morris, Kathleen Bourke, Marie O’Dwyer, Pat Russell, Rosie O’Neill, Ann Sheehan, Finola Ryan & Maureen Broderick.


As many of our readers are aware ‘Meals on Wheels,’ are an organisation that deliver cooked food to individuals at home on certain days & therefore require volunteers to have an adequate knowledge of basic cooking in order to prepare meals by a set time each day.

Note: Volunteer drivers are regularly needed, by this worthy charity organisation, for just one hour per week to keep this centre running smoothly, so if you are available to help out, please contact Social Services at Tel: 0504-22169. The centre also provides a ‘Small Charge Laundry Service,’ every week except in the month of August.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels originated in Great Britain during the Blitz beginning in 1940, when many people had lost their homes and therefore the ability to cook their own food.  The concept of delivering hot meals evolved into today’s modern programme that deliver mostly to the housebound elderly and infirm, either for free or with a small donation. Many early services operating during the Second World War, used old prams to transport the meals, using straw bales, and even old felt hats, to keep the meals warm while in transit.

Well done to the Horse & Jockey Vintage Club members and on behalf of Thurles Meals On Wheels; ‘Thank You.’

Photo courtesy G.Willoughby

Tipperary VEC’s To Merge

VECThe present Fine Gael/Labour Government has announced that is to press ahead with halving the number of current Vocational Education Committees (VECs) across Ireland & to this end has published plans to reduce the current number of such establishments from 33 down to 16.

VEC’s provides a comprehensive range of educational services to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of learners throughout the country.  Amongst these services the Committees provide Literacy Service and support Community as well as workplace education with County Councils, the Health Service Executive (H.S.E.), FÁS, and other agencies.

They also provide Youthreach and Youthreach Progression services, Vocational Training Opportunities Schemes (VTOS), Back To Education Initiatives (BTEI), A Schools Completion Programme, Traveller Education and an Adult Education Guidance and Information Service.

First muted in 2010 by Fianna Fáil’s Tánaiste and then Minister for Education, Mary Coughlan, current Labour Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn has now stated that legislation to give effect to the changes was presently being prepared.

Co Tipperary’s currently run two VECs will now be combined into one, as part of these new changes, and overall national plans are expected to differ with regard to mergers planned by the previous government.

It has yet to be decided where the new headquarters of these newly configured VECs will be located.

Emly Tipperary Are 6th In European Energy Competition

St Ailbe's Church, Emly

St Ailbe’s Church, Emly.

Some of the ways to reduced energy costs in the home were highlighted by the Co Tipperary village of Emly, latter who represented Ireland in Brussels on June 28th last, to compete at the European Energy Neighbourhoods Competition against 15 other contending European countries.

Emly, who were represented by some of their successful 2009 Tidy Towns Committee, had emerged winners last May in the National Energy Saving Competition, successfully run by the Tipperary Energy Agency, having beaten other local communities representing Waterford, Cork and Galway, and all who were competing for the title of Ireland’s most energy efficient neighbourhood.

Mr Vincent Carragher, (Energy Manager at the Tipperary Energy Agency) together with Emly Tidy Towns Members then travelled to Brussels for last Friday’s ceremony and were adjudicated 6th place in the competition, with the eventual overall winning entry representing Greece.

The Emly group highlighted the best & most correct use of everyday labour saving utensils, like Water Immersions, Fridge Freezers, Dishwasher, Tumble dryers and Electric Kettles, on their list of Energy Savings tips.

Electric Ireland also lists these items as the top five ‘Energy Guzzlers,’ which when correctly utilised, can make such a massive financial saving to our domestic electrical costs.

€1million To Support Young People In Tipperary

The Late Tony Ryan

The Late Tony Ryan

The Community Foundation for Ireland recently announced that the Tony Ryan Trust has established a fund to ‘Support children and young people in Tipperary to reach their full potential.’

The ‘Tony Ryan Fund for Tipperary,’ has been established by the Tony Ryan Trust to give financial support to evidence based initiatives that support children and young people in County Tipperary enabling them to reach their full potential.

The core focus of this funding is to improve the life experience of Children and Young people living in County Tipperary.  Funding of €1million has been committed and it is the intention that the funding will be disbursed over a two to three year time frame.  The funding may include support for training of local trainers to implement agreed programmes.

The Fund will seek to ensure impact from its funding through supporting proposals that are backed by evidence & evaluation of effectiveness, have local champions who will drive the proposal and can show how the proposal will be sustained post this funding. Grants will be made to organisations or a consortium of organisations who meet the Fund’s Criteria.
Grants are now available for training of teachers and early year’s practitioners in County Tipperary for the training specified. There are two programmes which are open for applications at present; Incredible Years and High Scope. Closing date for both programmes is 5.00pm Friday July 19th 2013. Closing date for both is 5.00pm Friday July 19th 2013. To access an application form please click Here, noting that application is by email only.

Note: Non-profit organisations only may apply.

For information on the Grant Application process email or Phone 01-8747354.