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Have You A Vision For Our River Suir?

 Descriptive extract below from that wonderful children’s book, “The Wind in the Willows”, by Kenneth Grahame (1859-1952).

The River Bank

“He thought his happiness was complete when, as he meandered aimlessly along, suddenly he stood by the edge of a full-fed river. Never in his life had he seen a river before, this sleek, sinuous, full-bodied animal, chasing and chuckling, gripping things with a gurgle and leaving them with a laugh, to fling itself on fresh playmates that shook themselves free, and were caught and held again. All was a shake and a shiver, glints and gleams and sparkles, rustle and swirl, chatter and bubble. The Mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated.”

The Source

Rising on the slopes of Devil’s Bit Mountain, just north of Templemore in County Tipperary, the River Suir flows south through Loughmore, Thurles, Holycross, Golden and Knockgraffon. It merges with the river Aherlow at Kilmoyler and further on with the river Tar, before turning east at the Comeragh Mountains, thus forming the border between Co. Waterford and Co. Tipperary. The Suir then passes through Cahir, Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir before reaching the sea at Waterford.

Important Workshops
Over the coming weeks the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office are holding a series of important public workshops to discuss the future potential of the River Suir and its tributaries; possible management options; funding for various projects, culminating it is hoped, in a shared vision for its long term future.

Initially at these now selected meetings there will be no agenda other than to get an important conversation under way, and see, as a community, where open, shared debate can take us into the future. The meetings will start at around 7.00pm; lasting for about one hour at the stated venues listed hereunder.

Selected Meeting Venues

Note: Shown below are the dates of upcoming meetings and their selected venues in relation to various district catchment areas:-

Tuesday, 19th July 2016, Newcastle Community Hall, Newcastle Village, Co. Waterford.
Wednesday, 20th July 2016, Golden Community Hall, Golden Village, Co. Tipperary.
Thursday, 21st July 2016, Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Tuesday, 26th July 2016, Cahir House Hotel, The Square Cahir, Co. Tipperary.
Wednesday, 27th July 2016, Fethard Community Hall, Fethard, Co. Tipperary.
Thursday, 28th July 2016, Kildalton College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny.

Dr Fran Igoe, Regional Co-ordinator, who has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in river based projects and his colleagues, together with a representative from Tipperary County Council, will be on hand to help develop a shared vision and provide practical advice based on past experiences.

On the River Suir the existing built heritage, historic weirs, navigation tow-paths, angling pools and boating traditions will illustrate just how important the river Suir has been over the centuries. Today, this importance continues in the form of Angling, Tourism, Kayaking and many other recreational pursuits. The importance of a plentiful supply of clean water is self-explanatory whether it is for drinking, provisioning for livestock or for bathing.

It is well known that the River Suir holds the Irish record for a salmon caught on ‘rod and line’ weighing in at a massive 57 lbs. More over this river remains an internationally important Brown Trout fishery and is recognized internationally for its habitats supporting a large range of rare mammals, fish, birds and invertebrates.

The evening meetings have been organised to compliment the Office of Public Works (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) public consultation days, which are being held to get the public’s view on potential flood management options being considered for areas at risk of flooding.

The ‘Waters and Communities River Suir’ meetings will be held immediately after the OPW Public Consultation meetings, with the aim of exploring how we see the river in our local area; what we want from it, and how we might best manage it in the best interests of the common good.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, “The Lorax”.

Need more information?  Click HERE.


Coffee Morning In Aid Of Cancer Research

UHLA ‘Coffee Morning’, in aid of Cancer Research, will take place at the home of Kathleen and Ernie O’ Connor, Long Orchard, Templetuohy, on Sunday next, July 17th, 2016.

[Directions: Approximately 1km on the left hand side, as you travel from Templetuohy village in the direction of Johnstown.  Look out on the L.H.S. for balloons identifying the venue.]

This event on Sunday is being hosted by Dolores Gleeson, Aine Maher and Kathleen O’Connor, and will run from 11.00am in the morning through to 2.00pm in the afternoon. Tea’s, Coffee’s, Home – made Buns and Cakes will be available free of charge, however guests attending are invited to make a donation, however small, to this worthwhile fund raising event.

New €3m Breast Cancer Treatment Unit at University Hospital Limerick

Meanwhile a new era for the care of patients, suffering with breast cancer in the Mid-West region, was marked on Thursday last with the official opening of a new €3m treatment unit at University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

In 2015, there were some 206 cases of breast cancers diagnosed in women at UHL; latter whose ages ranged between 23 and 96 years. This new constructed unit; occupying the fourth floor of the €16.5m designed Leben Building at the Dooradoyle campus, will in future mean that for the first time women in the Mid West region; which includes North Co. Tipperary, have a single centre caring for all breast cancer outpatients needs.

This development was made possible through support funding from the Mid-Western Hospitals Development Trust; the JP McManus Invitational Pro Am; together with the HSE and the National Cancer Control Programme.

One of this country’s leading breast cancer specialists, Professor Niall O’Higgins (Chairman of UL Hospitals Group), has described the new centre as being among the very best in the country.


Thurles Blood Donation Clinic Monday 11th July 2016


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

Their mobile unit will be in place on Monday 11th July 2016, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, so where possible do please attend and help save a life by giving blood.

For further details check HERE or contact them on Tel: 061 306980.

Help Save a Life………Give Blood.


Parkinson’s Association To Hold Thurles Golf Classic

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Parkinson’s Association Golf Classic

The Tipperary Branch of the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland are to hold a Golf Classic at Thurles Golf Club.

Local correspondent Mr Gerry Bowe reports:-

The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland (Tipperary Branch) was established some 12 years ago and today continue to provides continued services and supports to people affected by the disease both here in county Tipperary and indeed nationally.

The Tipperary Branch of the Parkinson’ Association of Ireland will hold a Golf Classic at Thurles Golf Club on Monday August 1st next. To this end supporters are being invited to sponsor a “Tee box” at a cost of just €50.  Of course donations, no matter how small, are also most welcome and further details can be had by contacting one of the following locally: Mr John Hackett, Mrs Peggy Kirby or Mr Stevie Smee.

Parkinson’s is a disorder of our body’s nervous system, which directly impacts upon one in every 500 people and currently approximately 8,000 people in the Republic of Ireland have been diagnosed as suffering from this progressive neurological condition.  People suffering with Parkinson’s require regular inputs from Specialists who deal with this condition from diagnosis and onwards; so as to ensure that symptoms are managed effectively and greater quality of life is maintained.

Yours sponsorship and any future support in hosting this event, as always, will be very much appreciated.


TD’s Sign Up To Lansdowne Rd Agreement

dail_chamber1Following a meeting of Cabinet in Leinster House, it has been decided that new first time elected members of Dáil Éireann will sign up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement, under the provisions of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) acts, necessarily introduced in 2009 and imposed on public servants.

In a public statement issued by Cabinet on Thursday last, the government stated that it did not wish to be seen by the general public as acting unfairly in any future dealings, in particular with Secondary School Teachers, who share less holiday time, and the drastically reduced membership of An Garda Síochána, latter who put their lives on the line protecting Irish TD’s from death threats for a mere €23,500 per annum. Readers will be aware for the most part that both these said groups are refusing to participate in this aforementioned agreement.

To this end, as and from July 1st 2016 some 52 new Teachtaí Dála (TD’s) elected to the Lower House of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament – Dáil Éireann), for the first time, following the General Election held on February 26th last, will now be subjected to a considerable reductions in both pay and expenses.

New first time elected TD’s will now only receive approximately €46,000 in salary during the life time of this present government, instead of their €87,258 salary as is the present case. The perk of granting new mobile phones; purchased to the maximum cost of €750 in any 18-month period, and previously allowed to all new TD’s; has also been removed.

In relation to mileage expenses, those residing 15.5 miles from Dáil Éireann will also no longer receive the customary untaxed €25,295 extra for turning up to work on their average of 3 days or less each week, regardless.

A full list of all Parliamentary Standard Allowances (PSA’s) will be published on the Houses of the Oireachtas Website later this coming week, with similar reductions expected to affect Seanad Éireann, latter the Upper House of the Oireachtas .

Water Conservation
Meanwhile the Minister for the Environment is understood to be looking into the possibility of running an educational campaign to encourage water conservation in the home.

According to the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, flushing toilets accounts for around 25% of Irish people’s waters usage, with a standard toilet using 1.8 gallons of water or more per flush.

The Minister is now suggesting that people should take their first pee of the day, while taking their morning shower. Such practise would see around 0.880 gallons of water only leave your shower head in the 22 seconds it takes for a human being to finish peeing; unless you possibly have been ‘on the p..s’ the night previously. Regardless this practise, if encouraged in every home, would lead to considerably less water wastage than used with a standard toilet flush.

Good news also for those of you who insist on wiping after peeing in the toilet; a huge saving can also be made in the weekly purchase of toilet rolls. With an average of 400 squares of paper currently found on most toilet rolls, peeing in the shower would in fact eradicate the wastage of up to 5 squares per roll on any standard wipe.

The Health Service Executive (HSE), are also supporting this initiative, based on the proven fact that hard-working household servants in Victorian times steeped their feet in urine, to ensure relaxed, soft, flexible foot skin.

Meanwhile strong opposition is expected to these proposed regulations from Irish Supermarkets and the manufactures of foot care products, including foot orthotics and insoles; both claiming hundreds of jobs will be lost to industry if these new rules come into force.

OK – If you believe the above, you would believe anything. However the solution given to those tired, callused and toughened areas of skin on your feet is absolutely true. Try steeping your feet in your urine for 15 minutes every night and after a week note the massive difference to your ‘trotters’.