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Saturday March 30th – Story Time In Thurles Library

Senior Library Assistant at Thurles Library Ms Suzanne Brosnan reports:-

Story Time in Thurles Library at 11.00am on Saturday March 30th 2019

Story-time will have a very special theme on Saturday 30th March. As we celebrate Mother’s Day (Officially Sunday March 31st) on this weekend, do join us in Thurles library for some great stories “How to Raise a Mum”, “Five Minutes Peace” and a lot more!

The children will make a simple craft to take home and join in some song and dance!

So, do bring along your Mam, Auntie, Granny or Godmother; all are welcome to share in the morning’s activities!

Story-time is a free event at your library, but booking is essential on Tel. No. – 0761-06-6131.

Remember – ‘Story-time’ will take place at 11.00am.

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Most Irish People Recognise Value Of Environment

An overwhelming majority of adults recognise the value of the environment, while climate change is seen as the most pressing environmental issue in Ireland; so states The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

An overwhelming majority of Irish adults (86%) recognise the value of the environment,  recent research conducted on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed. The EPA have released their findings to coincide with the launch of its “The EPA Year in Review 2018” report. The Red C poll in November 2018 explored attitudes towards environmental issues.

Commenting on the survey, Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA stated,
“We are pleased to see that so many people recognise the importance of our environment as an asset to the country. Many of today’s environmental problems require a cross-sectoral, joined-up Government as well as a societal response. It is clear to us from our everyday interactions, that the public, business and broader society have a greater understanding of the link between reduced emissions and a clean environment, and our health, our wellbeing, our economy, our very culture”.
“In our survey, respondents ranked climate change, waste, water quality and pollution as the biggest environmental challenges they see facing the nation. The EPA has key roles in addressing each of these challenges and our 2018 review report highlights progress in several areas, such as enforcement, licensing and air quality monitoring.”

The EPA’s National Priority Sites for Enforcement system has become an important enforcement tool, driving environmental compliance at licensed industrial and waste facilities. The EPA published regular updates during the year, with the agri-food and waste sectors accounting for the majority of the 15 sites listed for further enforcement action. Of the 15 sites on the National Priority Sites for Enforcement list in 2018, two were convicted in 2018, five more have cases before the court and three others are under consideration. A total of 15 prosecution cases were concluded in 2018, with fines and costs totalling €229,483. Of these, eight sites had been on the National Priority Sites for Enforcement list in 2017 or 2018.

In terms of licensing, the number of decisions issued on industrial and waste licence applications increased in comparison to the previous year, with a total of 167 decisions taken. A new online licensing system also went live.

Speaking about air quality, Laura Burke stated,
“We continue to strengthen the capacity and capability of the air quality network and provide more comprehensive, localised, online information linked to public health advice. The number of EPA air monitoring stations more than doubled during the year, from 19 in 2017 to 45, under the 2017 – 2022 National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme. Our reporting showed that home heating and transport choices directly influence the level of pollution in the air, affecting people’s health and life expectancy.”

The EPA’s Red C survey also shows that just over a third of adults (37%) recognise climate change as the most pressing environmental issue facing the country and 61 per cent cite it as being within the top three environmental concerns for us to tackle.

Ms Burke further stated,
“By any measure, we experienced an extraordinary year in 2018 where nature reminded us who is in charge; climate change is now with us and it is affecting us all. While Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased slightly in 2017, EPA projections show that, at best, Ireland will only achieve a one per cent reduction by 2020 compared to its 20 per cent EU reduction target.”
“We continue to work to engage people in debating how Ireland makes the necessary transition to a sustainable future. The newly established National Dialogue on Climate Action, a Government of Ireland initiative facilitated by the EPA, hosted its first two Regional Gatherings in 2018, held in Athlone and Tralee. The EPA also hosted two public lectures on the science of climate change.”

The EPA supports the implementation, monitoring and assessment of climate action through collating and communicating trends in Ireland’s past and future greenhouse emissions; influencing behavioural change to improve resource efficiency and to foster a circular economy in Ireland through the National Waste Prevention Programme; regulating emissions from industrial sectors and through climate science research.

Ms Burke concluded by stating,
“The EPA prides itself on being an independent public body, working in a complex environment. We have different roles with different stakeholders, as a regulator, knowledge provider and advocate for the environment. In 2019 we will continue to work with all stakeholders to place the environment at the heart of decision making so that the wonderful and unique asset can be protected and improved for all the people of Ireland.”

The “The EPA Year in Review 2018” report and the Red C Survey are both available on www.epa.ie.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Death Of Josephine Ryan, Thurles Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness that we learned of the death, on Friday 1st February 2019, of Ms Josephine Ryan, ‘St Martin`s’, Bellevue, Lognafulla, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Baronstown, Loughmore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her father Thomas and mother Bridget, Ms Ryan passed away suddenly.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her sister Mary (Seattle, U.S.A.); brother Tom (Cashel); nieces Geraldine, Jean and Sharon; nephews Declan and Raymond; brother-in-law Larry; grand-nieces; grand-nephew; cousins; extended relatives; former nursing colleagues (Limerick Regional Hospital ); neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Ms Ryan will lie in repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, (E41 CP59) on Wednesday evening February 6th, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday morning, February 7th, at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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Police Raid On Farmland In Upperchurch Area

“Good God your haemorrhoids would turn to polaroid’s, if you had to stand outside in that bitter cold, for any great length of time tonight.  So, tell me, any news, gossip or scandal that I should be made aware of”, said I to Mikey Ryan, as he tried to attract the attention of Pat Hayes, above in the Arch Bar, Liberty Square, last night.

Attempting to hold two conversations at the same time, Mikey replied “Not much; give us two of your best pints Pakie like a good man, before we die of the thirst”“No not much now, however I did hear on the grapevine that the Peelers were above in Upperchurch, Wednesday last, not sure what exactly they were about”, said Mikey now turning towards me.

“Probably Poitín makers, sure they are world famous for manufacturing that ‘pure, clear, elixir of life’ in that hilly area”, said I, “I wonder were they buying or raiding, did you hear”.

“Don’t know, all I heard was that two members of An Garda Síochána, stopped off at a farm to interview some old local farmer, who was greasing the nipples on the front loader of his tractor. They told the farmer that they believed that illegal activity was being carried out on his farm and they needed to inspect his property,” said Mikey, before swallowing half of his pint glass in a single gulp.

“On the other hand, he could have been operating one of those illegal ‘Grow Houses’, used to propagate cannabis herb”, said I.

“Don’t know that”, said  Mikey, “what I do know is the farmer said okay officers, but please don’t go in that field over there clearly pointing out the exact location”.

“Then the Sergeant, I understand, just verbally exploded”, said Mikey, “aggressively stating he had a search warrant, which gave him the complete authority to go wherever he wished on this property, with no questions asked. “Do you understand”, he bellowed, waving his identity card and search warrant under the farmers nose. According to locals, the farmer just nodded politely, apologised, before shaking his bald head and continuing to work with his grease gun” Mikey continued.

“Typical Gardaí” said I, “so what happened next”.

“Well”, said Mikey, “the Gardaí moved off, but a short time later, the old farmer heard loud screams. On raising his eyes, he spotted the two cops running for their life, being chased by his massive Hereford bull, which boasts having the longest horns in Munster. From the farmers vantage point, with every step, that bull was rapidly gaining ground on the Gardaí, and it seemed likely that they could get badly gored, before the men could reach the safety of a nearby high wooden fence”.

“The old farmer threw down his grease gun”, said Mikey, “and ran to the fence while yelling at the top of his lungs, your search warrant, your search warrant, show him your feckin search warrant!!

“You better give us the same again Pat, when you’re ready”, said I.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

HSE Serve Closure Order On Tipperary Food Outlet

On Thursday last, 26/07/2018, a closure order was served by the Health Service Executive (HSE) on Riaz Uddin, proprietor of Ricky’s Fastfood and Indian Takeaway, situated at No.1 Abbey Street, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, latter a Fast Food, Pizzazz, Kebabs and Indian Takeaway provider. Same order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 117 of 2010).

No details for the Closure Order have been published to date by the Food Safety Authority (FSA) and no date has been confirmed as to when same Order might be eventually lifted.

Closure Orders are issued if in the opinion of an authorised officer, there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health as a result of services provided by the food premises. Closures Orders can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of any food premises, or all or some of its recognised activities. Such Orders may be lifted when the premises have fully improved to the total satisfaction of the Order serving authorised officer.

Failure to comply with a previously issued Improvement Order can also result in the issuing of a Closure Order.

Closure orders remain on the FSA’s website for a period of up to three months from the date the order was first confirmed lifted.

To date in 2018 instructions for 53 Closure Orders have been issued by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland nationally, with 8 Closure Orders nationally issued in June 2018 and 11 Closure Orders nationally in May 2018, latter which included the Rock Kebab and Pizza (Restaurant), situated at No. 101 Main Street, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail