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Three Thurles Men To Run 2014 Boston Marathon

Internet UseThurles Chamber President Mr John O’Shaughnessy and two of his running colleague from Thurles Crokes AC, namely Mr Billy Philips and Mr Declan Doherty are doing a fundraising event for charity, by running the Boston Marathon.

To this end they would very much appreciate your support in helping them to raise funds for their two very worthy chosen charities, namely “Irish Autism Action” and “Pieta House.”

The three lads have created an on-line fund-raising page on and you can sponsor them via credit or debit card. You will automatically receive an e-mail from them thanking you for your support and fully acknowledging the amount of your donation.

Any donation you can make therefore, no matter how small, will be hugely appreciated.

Note. All costs for travelling to and from Boston are at each individuals own expense and all money raised will go fully 100% to both charities split on a 50%/50% basis. Their fund-raising target is €5000.00 with the total raised to date, both on and off-line now amounting to almost €3000.00 already secured.

Irish Autism Action

Irish Autism Action’s mission is to raise the quality of life of individuals and their families affected by autism, through ensuring the provision of the highest standards in education, care, support, employment and equality of living opportunities in partnership with families.

Pieta House – The Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide

Pieta House opened its doors in January 2006 and is the first charity of its kind in Ireland. Pieta House offers a specialised treatment programme for people who have suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming behaviours.

The 2014 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21st, latter Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts.

Thurles Lease Offered For Sale


A.I.B. Liberty Square Thurles

Three provincial bank branches situated in Thurles, Co Tipperary, in Clonakillty, Co Cork and in Kilrush, Co Clare, currently leased to Allied Irish Bank (AIB), are to be offered for sale at attractive yields.

Joint agents GVA Dónal Ó Búachalla in Dublin/Belfast and Irish & European in Cork are to sell this portfolio, either on an individual property basis or in one single lot.

All buildings are currently let under 20-year leases since 2008, with break options in nine years time.

The three bank branches have all been refurbished by AIB in the past year and are regarded as being of strategic importance within the overall bank branch network.

The largest of the branches on offer, situated on the corner of O’Donovan Rossa Street and Liberty Square in Thurles, extends to 1,028sq m (11,063sq ft) and is currently producing a rent of €215,000 per annum. The guide price in this case, €2.4 million, will show an initial yield of 8.58%.

The named joint property agents state they are expecting overseas speculation, as well as local interest in these investments, because of the strong demand for the lot sizes, which have good covenants locked in to long leases.

North /South Tipperary Has Highest Local Authority Charge Collection Rate


Local authorities are currently owed over €948m in unpaid various levies, rents and charges, but have been forced to write off millions because the debts are now no longer collectable.

Local Government audited figures presented have concluded that householders and businesses owe at least €588m to City and County Councils in relation to unpaid water charges, rates, housing rents and property loans.

In addition, €360m is owed in building development levies, bringing the amounts outstanding to €948m. Councils have written off  some €161m in unpaid debts because the money cannot be collected. This fact is due to companies going out of business and a poor collection performance. Local authorities have made provision to write-off two-thirds of this amount currently outstanding, which amounts to some €232m.

Some €56m is owed in unpaid housing rents, with €1.9m already written off. The lowest collection rate here is found to be in South Dublin at 74%, and the highest is in North Tipperary at 99%.

There has also been a fall in commercial water arrears, down €10m to €139m, with around €16m written off.  Some  56% of businesses pay their charges, with the lowest collection rates in Leitrim at 27%, and the highest rate is in South Tipperary at 83%.

Thurles Credit Union Members Cash Draw

William-SweeneyThe winner of the Thurles Credit Union Members Cash Draw has been announced.

The winner of the Thurles Credit Union Members Cash Draw for February 2014 is Mr William Sweeney, latter who hails from Churchview, Littleton here in Co Tipperary.

Pictured here at the presentation are Left – Right; Mr William Sweeney (Winner) and Mr Donal Scannell (CEO Thurles Credit Union).

Congratulations also must go to the other cash prize winners; Kathleen Long, Togher Road, Urlingford, Co Kilkenny; James & Aileen Dunne, Abbey Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary and Mary Ryan, Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Remember whether you are saving for something in the future or just for that ‘rainy day’, regular saving is a very good idea.
Regular saving with Thurles Credit Union is an even better idea, for at Thurles Credit Union, you are not just a customer, you are a member of a successful Financial Co-Operative movement.

Why not join in this success today?

LIT Thurles Graduate Listed For Manley Award

Roscrea native, Mr Anthony Glynn, together with business partner and Athlone native Mr James Sherlock, are amongst 3 business finalists shortlisted for the 2014 David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Awards, sponsored by Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Ulster Bank.

Their product, “Dunk-E,” enables people to manufacture their own electricity and was originally conceived by Mr Glynn while researching Water Turbine Technology, as part of his studies here at the Tipperary/Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), Thurles.

As part of his research, Anthony found that there were major issues with current technologies in providing rural communities with electricity, leading to his conclusion that off-grid micro generation remains the only feasible option.  To this end he designed the original concept for his “Dunk-E,”  latter a novel, patent-pending hydro turbine device that produces substantial electricity from the natural flow of water in small rivers, streams, weirs and sluice gates. This device will also provide users with exceptional long term value for money.

With over 9 years experience in the Renewable Energy Sector as well as having set up and run his own business, Mr Glynn has set up Ár-nuaTec, together with Mr Sherlock, to produce and market “Dunk-E,” using this product’s four main focused marketing factors:- Energy Savings; Upfront Costs; Payback Period and Warranty.

Anthony and James have now identified a minimum of 4 million potential micro hydro sites worldwide and hold advanced orders of over €150,000 during 2014 here at home, with orders worth over €250,000 for the Asian market in 2015.

The overall winner in the 2014 David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Awards will be announced at a ceremony in the offices of Mason, Hayes and Curran on Thursday, January 30th 2014.

The winner will receive a prize package worth over €100,000, comprising of €10,000 in cash together with consultancy services and mentoring from a range of professional support companies.