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Upperchurch Scientist Awarded €2m Research Grant

A Tipperary scientist based at University College Dublin (UCD) has been awarded a €2 million research grant by the European Union (EU) (under EU/Horizon 2020) to explore the relationship between diet and health.

Dr. Lorraine Brennan (BA, PhD), a Conway Fellow and a PI in the UCD Institute of Food and Health is the daughter of parents and Kilkenny natives Mrs Breda and Mr Joe Brennan, both of whom reside at Rossoulty, Upperchurch, Thurles, here in Co Tipperary.

Dr Brennan’s areas currently under development include (1) the use of a metabolomic approach to identify novel biomarkers of dietary intake and (2) the use of metabolomic signatures (“metabotypes”) to identify responder’s to dietary interventions in a move towards personalised nutrition.

Dr. Brennan’s research interests revolve around metabolism and altered metabolic pathways in health and disease and to this end she leads a metabolomics research group in UCD and is instrumental in the development of metabolomics for nutritional research.

Dr. Brennan is a partner in the FP7 projects NutriTech and Food4me. She is a PI in The National Nutrition Phenotype Database where she was responsible for the metabolomics data. She represents the Irish Nutrigenomics Organisation (JINGO) in the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) ENPADASI.

She has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications including publications in leading journals such as Nature, Diabetes and Diabetalogia. She regularly serves as a reviewer for international journals and since 2010 she is serving as an academic editor in PLoS One. Since 2009, she has delivered 16 invited lectures at International Conferences. Dr Brennan is actively involved in undergraduate teaching and delivers a range of lectures to Human Nutrition and Medical students.

She is also a member of the Irish Nutrition Society Executive. In September 2014, she was appointed as co-director of the European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO).

Dr. Brennan has stated that this funding will now greatly assist in establishing what type of diet is best for human development.

Thurles congratulates Dr. Lorraine Brennan on all her achievements.

Aldi Recall Fiesta Fajita Dinners

AldiALDI Stores countrywide have recalled their ‘Fiesta Fajita Dinner Kit‘ from sale, having discovered information missing from the products allergy advice label.

The Supermarket chain has identified that the products seasoning mix contains low levels of almond protein, which was not initially listed on the food label.

If you have purchased the above product and have an allergy to almonds or other nuts, do not eat it.

Customers are now being advised by ALDI not to eat the product if they have an allergy or intolerance to almonds, and are requesting that the product be returned to any of their stores, where a full refund will be processed.

The company is presently contacting the relevant allergy support organisations, latter who will inform their ‘at risk’ members of this product withdrawal.

No other Aldi food products are known to be affected.

Tipperary Companies Among First To Supply US Beef

Nenagh Agri-ShowThe ABP Food Group, which has processing plants close to the towns of Nenagh and Cahir, in Co Tipperary, will be the first European company to supply beef to the US in 17 years, with first shipments expected to commence in March 2015.

The is the first deal to supply Irish beef to the American market, since a 15 year ban was lifted just late last year.

According to ABP, this deal was facilitated by Pallas Foods a subsidiary of Sysco Corporation and will see ABP supply Sysco Metro New York and Sysco Boston with beef, which will be sold to restaurants and steak houses initially, thus providing grass fed, hormone free Irish beef onto the plates of US consumers.

Sysco is an American multinational corporation involved in both the marketing and distribution of food products to hospitality businesses such as restaurants, hotels and inns, including healthcare and educational facilities and boasting 194 distribution facilities and 425,000 customers.

For their part, ABP Group is one of Europe’s leading privately owned food processors, with operations spanning Ireland, the UK and Continental Europe controlled by its founder Larry Goodman. Here in Ireland ABP operate six large beef-processing facilities and is one of Europe’s leading beef exporters, while accounting for around a quarter of our national annual animal kill.

The US consumes some 11.5 billion kg of beef each year, 10% of which comes from imports and later today International chefs will cook Irish beef at a special event to be held at a Michelin starred restaurant in Manhattan.

The deal was announced today as part of the trade promotional visit being headed up by the Minister for Agriculture Mr Simon Coveney and Bord Bia.

Thurles Fast Food Employees Win Employment Termination Case

AbrakebabraA ruling, made following the Employment Appeals Tribunal sitting here in Thurles in November 2014 last, has found that three employees were entitled to redundancy payments.

The findings were based on a 24-hour, part-time working week, including entitlements to holiday pay.

The three former employees of Abrakebabra are now expected to receive over €12,000, following the termination of their employment at one of the chain’s Tipperary franchises in 2013.

Iryna and Igor Yurevych resident in Thurles, Co Tipperary had worked at the fast food outlet, owned by Samantha McElligott, for some nine years between 2004 and 2013, while their work colleague, Lina Karkaziene, had also been employed by the company for five years, latter also ending in 2013.

The appeals were made without legal or trade union representation and the respondent chose not to attend the Employment Appeals Tribunal hearing.

According to the case report; this ruling is subject to each of the complainants having held insurable employment under the Social Welfare Acts.

The Labour Court had determined previously that the three employees be awarded €1,000 each as part of earlier separate claims latter taken under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997.

Cashel Palace Ceases Trading With Immediate Effect

DSC_0144One 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.

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