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Death Of Eileen Cahill, Thurles, Co.Tipperary

It was with sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Sunday 4th August 2019, of Mrs Eileen Cahill (née Coppinger), No.36 Ard Mhuire, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Martin; the passing of Mrs Cahill is most deeply regretted by her loving son Martin; daughter Mary; grandchildren; great grandchildren; son-in-law Toddy; brother Paddy; sister Anna; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mrs Cahill will lie in repose at Egan’s Funeral Home Dublin Road, Thurles, on tomorrow evening, Tuesday August 6th, from 5:00pm to 6.30pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles at 7:00pm.
Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday morning, August 7th at 11:00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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High Levels Of Food Waste Identified In Irish Food Businesses

Action to reduce food waste brings climate benefits and cuts costs – including potential savings of over €300M per year for Ireland’s hospitality sector. The EPA are hosting the 3rd Forum on Food Waste today, Wednesday 10th July, bringing together business and policy leaders from across the food supply chain.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Measuring What Matters’, emphasising the importance of using data to direct effective actions. Ireland generates over 1million tonnes of food waste annually and will need to take a new perspective on the value of food, as the country works towards meeting our EU and sustainable development commitments to halve food waste by 2030.

The event presents new EPA-funded research indicating that 250,000 tonnes of food waste are generated annually by commercial food businesses such as restaurants, shops and workplace canteens. The research investigated the volumes, types and associated cost of food waste arisings in these businesses. It found that much of this waste is avoidable and estimates the value of food waste for the Irish hospitality sector alone at over €300M.

During his opening address, Mr Richard Bruton, TD, (Minister of Communications, Climate Action & Environment) stated:
“Over 1 million tonnes of food are wasted every year in Ireland. About 70 per cent of this comes from industry costing Irish business over €2 billion annually. As part of the Climate Action Plan, we have committed to halving food waste by 2030. Delivering on this ambition will require a collaborative effort from government, enterprise, the EPA and pioneers such as Food Cloud who are leading the change in this area. I urge all businesses here today to make a start and sign up to the Food Waste Charter and to use the resources available to drive down their food waste.”

Speaking at the event, Ms Laura Burke, (Director General, EPA) stated:
“It takes a lot of resources to put food on our tables. Growing, processing and transporting food all use large amounts of energy and materials. When food is wasted, these resources are wasted too – which impacts on climate change, our local environment and business costs. To meet this environmental and financial challenge, food businesses need to start measuring the food being discarded, and then take action to reduce avoidable wastage.”

Food waste is a priority waste stream for the EPA’s National Waste Prevention Programme. Food businesses can show their commitment to reducing food waste by signing up to “The Food Waste Charter” and join other businesses and industry leaders working together to reduce food waste. Further information on food waste in commercial sectors and the Food Waste Charter can be found HERE.

Speaking by video link, Mr Chad Frischmann (Project Drawdown), a leading source for climate solutions, confirmed that their models show reducing food waste as the third most important action on a list of 100 climate responses.

This link between climate change and food waste was reinforced by keynote speaker Mr Iain Clunie, (Zero Waste Scotland), who stated:
“Food waste is a major driver of global warming because of the huge resources and energy that go into producing it. Reducing food waste is a critical part of responding to our climate emergency.”


Death Of P.J. Stokes, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Friday 21st June 2019, of Mr P.J. (Mocky) Stokes, Gortnahoe Village, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his dad Brendan; Mr Stokes passed away unexpectedly.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his heartbroken partner Joan; doting daughter Ivy; mother Ann; sisters Jenny, Joanne and Cathriona; their partners William, John and Nicky; nieces Arwyn and Grace; uncles; aunts; cousins; extended relatives; neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mr Stokes will lie in repose at the residence of his mother Ann in Gortnahoe on Monday from 3:00pm until 8:00pm.

Removal will take place on Tuesday morning to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Gortnahoe, Thurles, to arriving for Requiem Mass at 11.30am. Interment will take place immediately after Mass in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary .

Note Please: House private on Tuesday morning.

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Death Of Liam Maher, Formerly Thurles, Co. Tipp.

It is with sadness that we learned of the death today, Saturday 8th June 2019, of Mr Liam Maher, Thornhill, Sligo Town, Co. Sligo; formerly; Athlone, Co. Westmeath and Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Maher passed away peacefully, while in the care of Sligo University Hospital.

Predeceased by his son Fergal; his passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Kathleen; son Shane; daughter Rosario; grandchildren Cian, Katie, Sophie, Conor and David; sisters Marie, Edith and Pauline; brother Sean; son-in-law Fergal; daughter-in-law Lorraine; brothers-in-law; sisters in law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mr Maher will lie in repose at the Nazareth House Chapel, Church Hill, Sligo from 5:30pm on Monday evening next, June 10th, with prayer liturgy at 7:30pm.

Mass of Christian burial will take place on Tuesday morning, June 11th, at 11:30am in the Nazareth House Chapel; followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Strandhill Rd, Rathedmond, Scarden, Co. Sligo.

Note Please: House Private. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust (S.H.O.U.T) – c/o Mr Seamus Feehily and Son, (Funeral Directors).

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An Post Will Move To Thurles Shopping Centre.

Current View of the New Site Sanctioned by An Post in Thurles Shopping Centre.

Please see herewith attached, recent correspondence sent to Independent Tipperary TD Deputy Mr Michael Lowry.

Same was forwarded from the office of Mr Richard Bruton TD, (Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment), via his Parliamentary Assistant Ms Jenny McCormack, and refers to the controversial move by An Post from Liberty Square, Thurles to a new location in Thurles Shopping Centre, sanctioned by An Post and expected to take place in the month of May of this year.

The correspondence reads:

Re: Thurles Post Office

Dear Sir,

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Minister Bruton has responsibility for the postal sector, including the governance of An Post. However it is important to remember that An Post is a commercial State body with its own board. Decisions relating to the post office network are an operational matter for An Post directly.

The environment in which the post office operates is changing and the network needs to change to thrive, particularly with the move to digital transactions. These changes are impacting on the revenue being generated by the network as a whole. In the face of serious declines in the volume of mail and post office business; An Post faced growing losses and has had to undertake a major restructuring of its business to continue to be able to provide its services.

There is widespread acceptance that the post office network requires modernisation to build, maintain and protect a service that meets the needs of communities across the country. An Post’s renewed vision for the post office network centres on the availability of new services in a modernised, revitalised network.

In this context, An Post has confirmed its move to a new flagship post office in the Thurles Shopping Centre and the closure of its Liberty Square premises. The move comes as part of An Post’s effort to transform the post office network and to invest in improved facilities for customers in high footfall locations. Thurles will become one of the first towns in the country to host the new post office design, which is intended to improve the service offered for post office users and attract a new generation of customers.

It’s important to acknowledge that the move has understandably caused upset in Thurles as the post office has been in situ in Liberty Square for many years and is part of the fabric of the Square. However, delivery of An Post’s ambitious plans for the post office network requires renewal of the physical infrastructure of the network and the move is part of this process. Minister Bruton understands that the CEO of An Post and company officials have met with Deputies and local representatives in recent weeks to hear the perspective of the local community and discuss the issues raised around the re-location of the post office from Liberty Square to Thurles Shopping Centre.

An Post has advised that the new office will be in line with the company’s transformation programme offering a new look retail offering for customers including a move away from old style post office counter layout. This is driven by An Post’s move to offer new services and products to customers including financial services and integrating its growing eCommerce business. The new layout will include dedicated customer areas, parcel lockers and self-service options.

An Post has also indicated that any plan to revamp the current Liberty Square premises would be hampered by the condition of the three storey listed property, the lack of available development space, and the prohibitive cost of overcoming any of these obstacles. Furthermore, that the building had also been the subject of repeated complaints around accessibility and excessive queuing caused by the lack of space in the office.

Given the challenges it is facing, the company needs to pursue an ambitious agenda across its various business areas and there is likely to be significant change and new business models implemented in the coming years.

Key to the survival of the network is the willingness of the public to use the service the post office provides. Investment of €50 million in the network by An Post is based on getting communities to use the enhanced services that their local post office will provide through a modernised network.

The company is continuing to make good progress in implementing its strategic plan, which will see a range of developments across the mails and retail businesses. A refreshed and modernised An Post brand has been launched in recent weeks, alongside a new financial services proposition, An Post Money, and a new business-to-business brand, An Post Commerce.

It is Government policy that An Post remains a strong, viable company in a position to provide a high quality, nationwide postal service and that it maintains a nationwide customer focused network of post office in the community. Government remains fully committed to a sustainable post office network which is a key piece of economic and social infrastructure for both rural and urban areas.

Kind regards,