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Death Announced Of Former Co. Councillor Pauline Coonan


County Councillor Pauline Coonan. (R.I.P.)

It is with deepest regret we inform you that the death has been announced of former North Tipperary County Councillor and community activist Mrs Pauline Coonan, following a long battle with illness, most bravely fought.

Wife of the former Fine Gael TD Mr Noel Coonan, Mrs Coonan herself was extremely well known in political circles and was an innovative campaigner for the Fine Gael political party in North Tipperary.

Mrs Coonan succeeded to her husband’s Council Seat on North Tipperary County Council, during which time she worked diligently and determinedly on behalf of all constituents; accomplishing major achievements over a number of terms, while she representing her official office.

Privately the proprietor of a successful Fashion Accessory, Gift Shop and Jewellers Store at Main Street, Templemore; Mrs Coonan remained profoundly involved in many local and national organisations; taking an exacting interest in work undertaken on behalf of the Chernobyl Children’s Programme and was indeed most central to the achievements of her local community’s programme.

Funeral arrangements for Mrs Coonan will be announced on this site as soon as same details become publicly available.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Thurles Chamber News

Internet UseThurles Chamber President Mr John O’Shaughnessy reports.

Thurles Sarsfields International Festival:

The annual Thurles Sarsfields International Festival will takes place this year (2014) from July 4th to July 12th inclusive.

To this end, a meeting will be held at the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre, offices at the LIT Campus on Wednesday March 19th (Tomorrow) at 8.00pm. Here we can discuss how we can best assist the club to help it to be a festival success for the town of Thurles.

All are welcome and a good turnout would really be appreciated.

If you cannot attend please let me know by email info@thurleschamber.ie  or Telephone Catherine at Tel: 0504-49169.

First Aid Refresher – Clonmel:

This is a refresher course for those that have completed the full FETAC First Aid Training course in the last 2 years. It is to refresh your skills and learn about any changes that have been made since your original training.
Date: Thursday March 20th.
Location: Hughes Mills, Old Bridge, Clonmel, Tipperary.
Price: €70.00.
Contact Sabrina on Tel 052 6191103 or email sabrina@clonmelchamber.com

Food Safety Training – Clonmel:

This training enables the caterer to conform to up to date hygiene legislation, including various E.U. Directives and the Irish Standard I.S. 340:2007
Dates: Tues 1st & Thur 2nd April.
Times: 5.45pm – 8.30pm each evening.
Price: €50.00 per person.
Contact Sabrina on Tel 052 6191103 or email sabrina@clonmelchamber.com

ISME Annual Lunch 2014:

The ISME Annual Lunch has become an occasion at which the achievements of the small and medium enterprise sectors are celebrated and the contribution of the sector to the economic and social life of the country is acknowledged.
This year’s Guest Speaker & Recipient of the ISME Medal will be the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD.
Date: The event takes place on Friday May 30th 2014, from 12.30pm -3.00pm.
Venue: Croke Park, Jones Road, Dublin 3.
Fees: €55.00 per Person or €500 for a Table of 10


Commander Chris Hadfield Arrives Back To Earth

Over preceding months here on Thurles.Info we have continued to inform our readers when the International Space Station (ISS) was passing over Ireland

Canadian Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, whose beautiful 26 year old daughter, Kristin, presently attends Trinity College, Dublin, has bid farewell to the International Space Station, by making a cover version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity & posting numerous photographs, taken from space, of Ireland, as his successful five-month mission comes to an end.

Commander Hadfield, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko boarded their Soyuz capsule and undocked from the station at 7:08 p.m. for a planned landing on the Central Asian steppes of Kazakhstan at 10:31 p.m.

We wish you a safe landing & welcome home Commander.


A Third Tipperary Meat Plant Suspended For Mislabelling Produce

bfmeatsOn the same day that Birds Eye withdraws three of its products from Irish supermarket shelves & Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney announces a new protocol for testing beef products, a third meat plant in Co Tipperary has had its operations suspended.

Minister Coveney said: “The issue here is one of mislabelling and that will be the focus of the investigation,” after inspectors found the B&F Meats Plant in Carrick-on-Suir, South Tipperary was exporting horse meat under a label in the Czech language, which translated as beef.

Production at the B&F Meats Plant, a small-scale de-boning factory, has now also been suspended.  Minister Simon Coveney has said he is “seriously concerned” about this discovery and his department is now working closely with Gardaí in investigating the matter.

Special Investigations Unit Officers from the Department of Agriculture are understood to be carrying out searches at the factory this afternoon.

Meanwhile Birds Eye have stated it is withdrawing its Spaghetti Bolognese, Shepherd’s Pie and Beef Lasagne products from Supermarkets in Ireland and the UK, after horse DNS was found in Chilli Con Carne produced by Frigilunch N.V. and sold in Belgium.


Tipperary Polish Society Now Formed

Picture shows: L- R Patricia Dabrowska, Marcin Skruch & Konrad Parzychowski, committee members of the newly formed Tipperary Polish Society.

In today’s world, people are immigrating to other countries from all around our world, often in search of work or improved working conditions, dreams of success and fortune or just plain adventure.  Polish people, just like Irish people past & present, have been immigrating for centuries. In the past we all had our reasons, Communism, War, Famine or simply Unemployment.

One good history example, worthy of note, can be found when one examines immigration during the first 6 months of 1847. Almost half as many Polish as did Irish people, immigrated to New York, the latter escaping the Great Potato Famine here in Ireland.

Today Polish people travel in search of a better life style, choosing to locate in many different countries, including Ireland. Indeed, according to the 2011 Census, 2.67% of the general population living in Ireland are now Polish, which makes them the largest single minority group living here. Since Polish people started arriving in Ireland they have begun to organise themselves in numerous ways. Everyone of them have found here in Ireland their own “harbour,” but sometimes they still feel totally lost & lonely in their own somewhat restricted private lives. Many of them have gotten themselves into a pattern of a,” Work to Home & back to Work again,” style of living, without any other motivation for further interactive community participation and integration. This creates a negative effect not just through their immediate contact with their family and limited friends, but with other existing multicultural societies and with Irish people, in the land they have choosen to adopt.

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