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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,

Jenny


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Young Man Loses Life In Tipperary Road Crash

A young man, believed to be in his early 20’s, has lost his life in a road traffic accident here in Co Tipperary.
The collision happened on the N24 at Ballingarrane, on the Clonmel to Cahir road in Co Tipperary, at about 8.00pm last night; between a car and a truck.

The driver of the car; named locally as Mr Jake Anderson, from Fernville, Clerihan, Clonmel, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the truck remained uninjured.

The roadway at the scene of this accident remains closed to facilitate an examination of the area by Garda forensic collision investigators, and diversions remain currently in place.

Gardaí at Clonmel Garda Station are seeking information from anyone who may have been in the area to contact them on Tel: 052 6177640.

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Environmental Expo Comes To Holycross, Thurles

Ms Geraldine Herbert, Domhan Glas Environmental Community Reports:-

Domhan Glas Environmental Community links the villages of Holycross, Ballycahill, Littleton, Moycarkey and Two-Mile-Borris.

Environmental Expo Holycross Community Centre

Same group are hosting, for the very first time, an Environmental Expo, on Sunday April 7th12 noon to 5.30pm. The theme for the event is “Save €’s, – Save the Environment”.

Our aim is to encourage, raise awareness, showcase and prompt action at an individual, household and community level, to act in favour of our environment. Same will be practical, cost saving and easy to do; while making sustainable changes to protect future generations. This also will be your opportunity to make a difference.

More than 25 stands will offer a range of information, advice, local and organic produce on the day.

A ‘Water Butt’ kindly sponsored by Centenary Thurles will be raffled at this event. Ultan Nesbit (Centenary Home & Garden) and O’Driscoll’s Garden Centre will attend with Eco Gardening options, as spring planting get into full swing. A ‘Composter’ will be on display and also raffled.

Fresh vegetables, crafts, home baking and knitting will be on offer from Thurles Farmers Market. Sean Farrell – Farming for Nature Finalist will have information and produce, while Timmy White will informs us on Organic Gardening , Biodiversity and Social Therapeutic Horticulture (STH). Information on composting, food waste and using kitchen waste for fertilizer will be on display. Martin Behan will advise on Pollinators.

Tipperary Green Business and Southern Region Waste Management are attending while Tipperary Sustainable Energy will advise on savings, grants and funding available to homes and business for energy efficient retrofits.

Kangen Water will advise on water quality and filtration and stainless steel beakers will be on offer so you can make a change on the day and move away from single use plastic.

Jackie Matthews Steiner Inspired Childcare Centre will showcase gift wrapping and crafts from recycled materials. A kids corner will be available, whilst the Thumb Print Project, Beekeepers, Cabragh Wetland and Environmental groups from both Thurles and Tipperary Town will attend. Leave No Trace stand will update walkers, walking groups and clubs on positive changes we can all make when out and about.

Refill Ireland are attending and Anew Charity Shop will accept clean pre-loved clothes, handbags shoes and linen on the day. Be sure to visit Chous Cottage Stand for Eco laundry / washing detergent, loose tea, crafts, organic soaps, shampoo and much more.

After all that, do relax and have a cup of tea or coffee and some home baked treats from Claire or tap your foot to the Cabragh Tin Whistlers.

Promises to be a most informative and enjoyable event for all the family and sunshine is assured.

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Death Of Jerry Darmody, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It is with sadness that we learned of the death today, Saturday 23rd March 2019 of Mr Jeremiah (Jerry) Darmody, Newhill, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his wife Hannah; Mr Darmody passed away peacefully in his 94th year, after a short illness, and while in the excellent care of St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny City, Co Kilkenny.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his immediate family; Jerry, Seamus, Eamon, John, Timothy, Ailish, Anna-Marie, Catherine, Colum, Cyril and Andrew; his sister Alice (Sr. M. Joseph); his grandchildren; great-granddaughter; daughters-in-law; sons-in-law; sister-in-law Phyl Dwyer; nephews; nieces; cousins; extended relatives; neighbours and a large circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mr Darmody will lie in repose at Egan’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles on Monday, March 25th, 2019, from 4.00pm with removal at 7.00pm to the Church of St. Kevin, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday morning at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Note Please: Family flowers only.

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Death Of Mary Martin, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with sadness that we learned of the death, yesterday Wednesday 13th March 2019, of Mrs Mary Martin (née Donnelly), Ballybeg, Littleton and formerly Ballydavid, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her father Eamon; the passing of Mrs Martin is most deeply regretted by her husband Harry, sons Rory, Eamon, Rian and Oisin; her mother Biddy; brothers Thomas, Peadar, twin Edward and Donal; sister Elizabeth; uncles; aunts; nephews; nieces; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mrs Martin will lie in repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievnamon Road, Thurles on Friday evening, March 15th, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at St Kevin’s Church, Littleton at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Saturday, March 16th, at 11.30am, followed by cremation in the Island Crematorium, Cork (P43 DD71) at 2.00pm.

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