One of Tipperary’s leading hotels, the Cashel Palace, situated at Main Street, Cashel on some 28 acres of ground, has closed its doors with the loss of some 30 permanent jobs.
The four star family owned and managed late Queen Anne style hotel, first opened its doors in 1962. Its award-winning restaurant, “The Bishop’s Buttery,” was awarded a Michelin star in 1982 and 1983 and an Egon Ronay star in 1982.
All staff were called to a meeting with their management this morning and were informed that reluctantly the facility would cease trading with immediate effect.
It is believed that from here Guinness porter was first accidentally conceived in the early to mid 1700’s at this same facility. The story goes that the estate manager, Arthur Guinness’s father Richard Guinness was in charge of supervising the brewing of beer for the estates employees of the then resident protestant Archbishop Arthur Price. A servant had been dispatched from the estate to purchase and convey the necessary beer making materials from a brewery stores here in Main Street, Thurles. Somewhere later in the brewing process, back in Cashel, some of these ingredients, possibly barley, was accidentally over roasted, thus providing that unique burnt flavour known to us today as porters ale or Guinness porter and described by the then Archbishop to guests as being “a brew of a very palatable nature.”
This latest closure further highlights the continuous failure by government and Fáilte Ireland to make any real worthwhile tourism investment in mid Tipperary, with hotel after hotel either closing down or entering into receivership.
Take a look at the Fáilte Ireland website this evening;
” Tourism brings much-needed foreign exchange, creates jobs and contributes to a better quality of life for Dubliners. The Grow Dublin Taskforce was established by Fáilte Ireland in late 2012 with the aim of reversing the downward trend in tourism to Dublin, which had begun in 2007, and driving growth to Dublin City and Region in the period to 2020.”
No ‘Grow Tipperary Taskforce,’ only the continuous trend of raiding Tipperary’s heritage for the benefit of an over priced Dublin tourism economy, e.g. Faddan More Psalter, Derrynaflan Hoard, Book of Dimma, Two Mile Borris Viking Silver Coin Hoard, Carrick-on-Suir 17th Century Gold Coin Hoard etc.
Fundraiser With A Difference – A Book Of Your Recipes Will Cook Up A Storm.
Ms Eileen Coffey, a member of the Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre here in Thurles is embarking on a fundraising effort “with a difference.”
She intends compiling a “Book of Recipes” mainly with contributions from as many Celebrities or High Profile people as possible and of course contributions where possible from family and friends. She promises you it will be different, so hopefully you will all come on board with her and help her to “make that difference”.
Eileen Coffey appeals for your help directly here on Thurles.Info:-
“I personally lost my own father, Paddy Corbett as a result of Cancer and I was very fortunate to have Suir Haven recommended to me where I found empathy, compassion and understanding. Now I feel is the right time where I can give back something. Unfortunately I know only too well that too many of us can identify with someone close to us that has lost their battle to cancer or is living with cancer, so let’s channel our energy into doing something positive.”
We can make that difference!
“The idea is that every person who contributes their recipe(s) will make a small donation to have it published – I know that we are constantly being targeted for donations/sponsorship, but this time you can donate whatever you wish – even €5 or €10 from each contributor of a recipe will “start the pot simmering” (100 contributions @ €5.00 = €500 instantly). All proceeds will go to Suir Haven. The book will be on general sale in March 2015 when hopefully it will “cook up a storm.”
You might like to perhaps dedicate your recipe to someone you know and loved who has died from Cancer or give a short personal statement on how a Cancer Support Centre has helped you yourself! If you are a Food Provider you can recommend ingredients from your product range in your recipe.
Time is of the essence!
Time is of the essence, so if would like to contribute please act straight away. Deadline for receipt of your contributions is Friday December 12th, 2014.
You can email your recipe to me at email@example.com and your donation can be lodged directly to a bank account specially set up for this project. I sincerely thank you all, in anticipation”
Bank Account Details: (please ensure to use your name/company name as a narrative to identify payee.)
Allied Irish Bank, Thurles: Account Name: Eileen Coffey Suir Haven.
Sort Code:93-53-01. Account Number:22626074. BIC: AIBKIE2D. IBAN: IE77AIBK93530122626074.
So instead of an “Ice Bucket Challenge” – Let’s have a “Receipe Challenge”
Health and Safety Authority is to be given new powers to improve farm safety.
With 24 farm deaths so far this year, at long last young children are now to be banned from travelling in tractors or other similar farm machinery.
The Health and Safety Authority is to be given sweeping new powers to improve farm safety.
Tougher new measures, expected to be introduced shortly, will mean farmers can be prosecuted for a range of safety breaches, including transporting children under seven years old in tractor cabs or other similar farm vehicles.
Almost three-quarters of all farm accidents this year were caused as a result of coming into contact with machinery.
A focus is also expected to be placed on other farm areas such as uncovered slurry pits.
Possible deal agreed between farmers and meat factories at beef talks.
Agreement has been reached on a deal between farmers and meat factories at beef talks overnight.
With two major protests have taken place at meat plants across Tipperary in recent weeks, at facilities in Roscrea, Nenagh and Cahir, a list of key actions have now been agreed in principal, aimed at addressing the recent concerns of beef farmers, including issues concerning weight specifications.
There are to be no price penalties based on weight until the end of next year and beef processors will provide a price incentive for animals from Quality Assured farms with effect from January1st next.
In a statement, Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) stated it was pleased to see movement on its key demands, while the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) have stated that recent beef protest sent a clear message to meat factory bosses that farmers must be treated fairly and with respect due.
The accepted concessions have still to be agreed by all parties in the IFA, but farmers at the talks appear to agree that this new deal represents the best possible outcome from their recent negotiations.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) have reported that some twelve Closure Orders and two Prohibition Orders were served countrywide on food businesses during the month of September for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.
The Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive.
Five of these countrywide Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998, and included Kilcoran Lodge Hotel (excludes of sale and service of beverages at hotel bar), Kilcoran, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. This Closure Order was served on the 4th of September last; however the order was lifted again, to the satisfaction of environmental health officers, five days later on September 9th.
Commenting on the high number of closures last month, FSAI chief executive Prof Alan Reilly stated that some businesses were putting their customer’s health at risk by not complying with statutory legal obligations governing food safety and hygiene. “There are absolutely no excuses for negligent practices within the industry. The environmental health officers who inspect these food businesses continue to find unacceptable levels of non-compliance with food safety legislation,” he stated.
Food businesses seeking advice may contact the FSAI on Telephone 1890 336677 or visit the Food Safety Authority of Ireland website fsai.ie.
A British based business woman, Ms Yelene Aust, whose family and herself invested £3.3 million in an Irish based frozen yogurt business, has claimed that their joint investments have been misappropriated by a Tipperary based Company Director.
Ms Yelene Aust, a resident of Oxford, England, claims the money which she and her family invested in a Frozen Yogurt Business and its related Companies has been improperly used by Clonmel-based businessman Mr Michael English, to purchase other assets in his own name and in the names of other firms he now controls.
In a sworn statement to the High Court, Ms Aust has stated that finance within the businesses are missing and company monies were used by Mr English to purchase assets including a villa in Portugal.
The companies, which she alleges Mr English controls are; “My Frozen Yogurt Ltd”; “Yogen Fruz Ireland Ltd”; “Thriving Brands Ltd” and “My Culture Sands Ltd.” Freezing orders were sought over fears that any remaining value in these companies maybe dissipated.
Acting for Ms Aust, Barrister Mr Robert Beatty informed the court that his client now believes that she has been wrongly deprived of her investment by Mr English and she further believes that clear evidence of deception and fraud exists.
Ms Aust has now secured a temporary High Court order to freeze the assets of both Mr. English, latter with an address at Two Mile Bridge, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, and several companies of which both she herself and Mr English are registered directors and shareholders.
Mr Justice Paul McDermott granted her the temporary injunction freezing the assets of several Irish registered companies and Mr English from reducing, moving or dissipating their assets below a value of £2.4 million. The defendant is also required to provide Ms Aust with a list containing details of all assets and bank accounts held within the state.
While Ms Aust became a shareholder and director of the company, her father also invested £2 million and her brother invested £400,000 in this business venture. Ms Aust has stated that Mr English was also due to invest £600,000, but had so far failed to comply.