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Thurles Blood Donation Clinic Wednesday 1st March, 2017


M/s Geraldine O’Rourke, of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service, reports:-

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) will attend at The Dome in the grounds of Semple Stadium here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary in the coming days.

Their mobile unit will be in place on Wednesday 1st March, 2017, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, so where possible do please attend and help save a life by giving blood.

For further details check their website www. giveblood.ie or contact them on Tel: 061 306980.

Remember approximately 70,000 patients will have transfusions in Irish hospitals this year
Some 3,000 blood donors are needed each week in Ireland
A unit of blood lasts for just 35 days.
Some blood packs for new born babies or cancer treatment only lasts for 5 days
There is no substitute for human blood.
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service supplies 71 hospitals in Ireland with blood and blood products 365 days a year so do help save a life … Give Blood.


EU Inspectors Identify Inadequate Sewage Plants In Tipperary

One wonders if so called authorities in Brussels are fully aware that Ireland was financially destitute in recent years; having paid 42% of the total cost of the European banking crisis, at a cost of close to €9,000 per person, according to Eurostat.

My reasons for making this statement is because I read today that Europe’s environmental watchdogs are possibly taking Ireland to court over the pumping of raw sewage into rivers and the sea. Yes we are guilty, purely because we as a nation were forced to accept an €85 billion bailout from the EU/IMF/ECB troika in late 2010 to allow us regain access to financial markets, fix our broken banks and return to sustainable growth. This achieved by over burdened resident tax payers, now it is estimated that all sewage treatment plants delayed will in fact be upgraded in the next 4 years, by 2021, at a cost of some €1.25bn.

EU Inspectors claim that 38 towns and cities have inadequate treatment plants for waste water, and are putting human health at risk, while leaving the country potentially remaining liable for millions of Euro in anti-pollution fines. The European Commission is expected to take the case to the European Court of Justice, after the Government failed to meet deadlines set for sewage plants to be built or upgraded by the end of 2000 and 2005.

In particular Inspectors have identified inadequate sewage treatment plants found not suitable for the populations of Nenagh, Thurles, and Roscrea in Co. Tipperary; together with treatment plants in the popular tourist centres of Killarney and Tralee in Co. Kerry.

In Donegal, Gaoth Dobhair, Killybegs and the Ballybofey/Stranorlar areas same have been similarly identified, while Cavan; Clifden; Roscommon town; Shannon town; Tubbercurry in Co Sligo and Waterford city are also included.

Authorities in Brussels however claim that Ireland had until the end of 2000 to ensure all urban areas, with more than 15,000 residents, should have had adequate sewerage systems by the end of 2005, thus removing the risk of human defecation being discharged from medium-sized towns into our rivers, lakes and estuaries.

Now with the added danger of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. (Widely known as Brexit, a portmanteau of “British” and “exit”), should Ireland be telling Europe’s environmental watchdogs to simply wait or more directly to piss-off?


Tipperary Garda Road Division Safety Seminar – 16th & 17th February 2017

On Thursday 16th & Friday 17th February 2017, a Road Safety Seminar focusing on raising road safety awareness for Transition Year students, will be held at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) St. Patrick’s Campus, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Students from the Districts of Thurles and Nenagh will be in attendance on both days. This is the 7th successive year that this event has taken place, however it is the first time it is being held outside of the Garda Síochána College.

“Previously the event was held at the Garda Training College in, Templemore, however due to the recent increase in Garda students, the college will be unable to facilitate us this year. We are very fortunate to have such an excellent location at MIC, St. Patrick’s Campus Thurles on our doorstep. The College have been very gracious in allowing us to use their facilities for such an important event,” stated Forensic Collision Investigator, Garda Murphy.

Across these two days, the seminar will be attended by Transition Year students from:

St. Joseph’s College, Borrisoleigh – 16th February.
Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Thurles – 16th February.
Coláiste Phobail Ros Cre, Roscrea – 16th February.
Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore – 16th February.
St. Mary’s Secondary School, Nenagh – 16th February.
Scoil Ruáin, Killenaule – 17th February.
St. Mary’s Secondary School, Newport – 17th February.
St. Joseph’s C.B.S., Nenagh – 17th February.

Approximately 200 students are expected to be in attendance on each of the two days. An additional 25 persons will also be in attendance on both days to include, guest speakers, VIP’s and teachers. The event is expected to commence at 10.00am on each day, ending at 3.00pm.

“As this seminar is focussing on Road Safety, we have invited a number of subject relevant guests to participate. These will include representatives from the Road Safety Authority, An Garda Síochána Traffic Corps, The National Ambulance Service and a serious injury collision survivor.”

“The event has been a huge success in the past and has received very positive feedback in promoting road safety and in turn helping to reduce serious and fatal road traffic collisions.”

“The management of the Mary Immaculate College are excited at the opportunity to permit An Garda Síochána to host this event on their campus in Thurles. It is the first large event to be hosted on the campus since Mary Immaculate took control approximately two years ago,” concluded Garda Murphy.


IQ Pharmatek To Replace Former Suir Pharma Plant


IQ Pharmatek, to take over Suir Pharma plant in Clonmel.

Some 100 jobs are set to be replaced on the Waterford Road in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, following the reopening of the former Suir Pharma plant, which closed down in mid May 2016, with the loss of some 130 jobs.

The premises is set to reopen under the name IQ Pharmatek, latter which is made up of companies invested in Ireland, the UK and the United Arab Emirates, and will initially focus on manufacturing products for other International pharma companies.

A spokesperson for IQ Pharmatek, Mr Azzam Hussein, stated that the new firm is expected to be up and producing their products within a matter of weeks.

Initially some one hundred people will be employed within the next month with a further 100 people expected to be employed in 2018.

While a number of key staff are understood to be already in place, some former Suir Pharma staff are hopeful of being returned to full employed at the facility.


Cummins Family, Tipperary, Ireland’s Fittest Family


Sons Mark & Henry, Father Jim and daughter Ciara Cummins are named ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family 2016.’

Meet the ‘Cummins family’  from Rahealty, Thurles, Co.Tipperary, who have been crowned ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family 2016’; following last night’s performance of various tests of endurance featured on RTE1, latter aimed at identifying Ireland’s toughest and strongest family foursome.

The family led by their dad Jim, sons Mark (rugby player and lifeguard), Henry (involved in equestrian pursuits), and their daughter Ciara (an All Ireland winning athlete), won the final, beating strong contenders the ‘Ryan family’ from Co. Donegal, and the ‘McCarthy family’ from Co. Clare, in a close knit series of robust fitness challenges.

Recorded over some 8 weeks during last summer, the Cummins family sprinted, climbed, hung, crawled and dragged their way through a myriad of obstacle courses to take home the first prize of €15,000 and the title ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family 2016’.

Congratulations to all involved.