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Results Of Thurles Credit Union Member’s April 2016 Draw

credit unionApril’s Thurles Credit Union (TCU) Members Cash Draw took place on Saturday the 2nd of April 2016.

The 1st prize winner of €10,000, in this computer generated draw, was M/s Sighle O’Toole, Killinan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Congratulations must also go to three other lucky TCU Member winners; namely M/s Olive O’Connell, Manslestown, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; M/s Sheila Lee, Regaile, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and M/s Helen Ryan, Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, each of whom received prizes of €1,000 each.

A big congratulations to all the winners.

Note: Members can still join the TCU Members Monthly Cash Draw by simply completing an application form in any of 3 associated Thurles Credit Union offices.


Tipperary – Kick For Kolkata

A 25 year old primary school teacher, Mr Kevin O’Riordan, from Killea, near Templemore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, has taken on the challenge of kicking points at all 1,616 GAA clubs in the 32 counties of Ireland. His aim; to raise money for the children of Kolkata in India, where he will return again for five weeks during the summer of 2016.


Aided by the co-operation of GAA county boards and local clubs, Kevin begins his daily exercise at about 7.15am and ends at 6.30pm. He began his Kickathon on August 29th last, photographing his presence at every GAA club in which he records kicking a point.

Back in June 2014, Mr O’Riordan qualified volunteering to work with the Froebel/HOPE Partnership to help children in Kolkata, (meaning ‘Field of [the goddess] Kali’.) formerly Calcutta and capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Here exists areas of slum-like conditions similar to that experienced by Mother Teresa. Each evening Kevin watched the children being taught under his care, go back onto the streets begging, with every rupee they received being taken off them by supreme overlords skulking nearby.

Having returned to Ireland, Kevin decided to raise money for the HOPE Foundation. Last August he set off to “Kick a point on every GAA pitch over the 32 counties of Ireland”, as well as seek sponsorship from clubs, supporters and the general public.

As stated, Kevin will return to Kolkata in June and you can follow his progress on KickForKolkata Facebook page, while assisting him in his fund-raising efforts at www.gofundme.com/mgx2b8pm.


Thurles Credit Union – March 2016 Cash Winners


M/s Bridget Fogarty pictured above receiving her cheque for €10,000 with TCU staff members Michelle McCormack, Martina Egan and Catherine Henderson.

The 1st prize winner of €10,000 in the Thurles Credit Union (TCU) computer generated ‘Members Cash Draw’ for March 2016, was M/s Bridget Fogarty, Killahara, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Congratulations must also go to three other lucky TCU Member winners; M/s Eileen Moriarty, Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; Mr Paul and Mrs Veronica Moore, Ard Mhuire, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; and M/s Catherine Ryan, Willowmere Drive, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, each of whom will receive €1,000 in this months draw.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Note: Members can still join the TCU Members Monthly Cash Draw by simply completing an application form in any of 3 associated Thurles Credit Union offices.


Thurles Social Protection Offices Move To Technology Park

The Department of Social Protection’s new Intreo Centre will open to customers in the Thurles area from Monday of next week.

Intreo is a new service from the Department of Social Protection, offering a single point of contact for all employment and income supports. This new service is designed to provide a more streamlined approach, offering practical, tailored employment services and supports for both Jobseekers and Employers alike.


Now based in the Tipperary Technology Park, with an address on the R498 at Racecourse Road in Thurles, this upgraded centre will open next Monday and operate from 9:15am to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday each week.

This Thurles Intreo Centre will replace the Department of Social Welfare’s former local offices based in Stradavoher, Thurles; the Community Welfare Services previously based in St. Mary’s Health Centre and the Employment Services Office, formerly located at Friar Street, in the town.

The Department of Social Protection maintain that this new Intreo service in Thurles will now significantly improve customer service and reduce waiting times for jobseeker payments. Sadly this service also offers customers personalised advice and expertise for those wishing to work in any other EEA countries without a work permit, both as a salaried employee or a self-employed individual.

Note: The contact number in operation for this new Intreo Centre on the Nenagh Road, will be Tel: 0504-67100.


Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative Grants

tippThose involved in event planning in Co. Tipperary are urged to apply for Community Tourism Grants. The application process for 2016 funding remains opens for community tourism initiatives for the diaspora.

Applications for funding are being sought under the Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora. The initiative first launched in 2014, builds on the community involvement legacy of ‘The Gathering 2013’ and remains a joint partnership between Tipperary County Council, IPB Insurance and Fáilte Ireland.

Now in its third year, the scheme provides a national fund of €1m to support local community-based events and festivals each year. Last year, some 23 local events were supported in Tipperary, attracting up to 1120 visitors from overseas.

Administered locally by Tipperary County Council, the application process for 2016 currently remains open, but will close on the 11th of March 2016. Interested parties are therefore advised to contact M/s Áine Mc Carthy by emailing tourism@tipperarycoco.ie to apply. The application form is available to download HERE

Local authorities throughout the country are now accepting applications in order to determine those local events with the best potential to have the impact and long-term potential to make a difference. The initiative is being administered at local level with the grant applications and awards being decided in accordance with agreed national criteria.