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Tipperary Carers Asked To “Put Life Story On The Line”

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. Mother TeresaFamily Carers throughout Tipperary are being invited to put pen to paper and compose a poem as part of ‘Caring for Carers'; Ireland’s annual nationwide poetry competition.

The organiser says the purpose of the competition is to highlight the significant contribution made by thousands of Family Carers to Irish society.

The theme of this year’s competition is “The Caring Journey…Who Knows”, and is being hosted in conjunction with the Ennis Book Club Festival taking place in the Clare County Capital on March 6th – 8th 2015.

The competition, the closing date for which is Friday 13th February 2015, will be independently judged and features a first prize of a weekend away for two.

“Recognising the role of Family Carers in the home is crucial. This form of care is the foundation of formal health and social care systems. Family Carers are a distinct group who provide care and also, very importantly, require care themselves,” explained Brigid Barron, Innovation and Programme Manager with Caring for Carers Ireland.

“Family carers spend a lot of time caring at home and that often gives them time for reflection. The poetry submissions received by Caring for Carers in previous years have been excellent, very touching and expressive,” added Ms. Barron.

Competition entries must be no longer than 30 lines and should be emailed to or submitted by post to Brigid Barron, Innovation & Programme Manager, National Office Caring for Carers Ireland, 2 Carmody Street Business Park, Ennis, Clare.

Caring for Carers Ireland is a national non-governmental organisation supporting Family Carers. Its primary objective is to ensure that policy makers are aware of the key issues which impact on the lives of 161,000 Family Carers throughout Ireland and influence their abilities to continue to provide care.

To contact ‘Caring for Carers’ Ireland please call the organisation’s Careline on Tel; 0656866515 or visit

Staff Removed From Two Roscrea Disability Units

HSEThe Health Service Executive (HSE) has stated that ten staff, together with one agency worker, have been removed from their duties at two care units responsible for the caring of adults with intellectual disabilities, situated in Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

In their statement the HSE says that the Daughters of Charity order, which operate these units on their behalf, have taken this step having receiving a number of complaints from one individual; thus placing “off duty” without prejudice, eleven employees as a protective measure.

The HSE and the centre’s management have notified the health and social services watchdog HIQA and the Gardaí, regarding these alleged complaints.

This investigation comes to light just a week after the HSE announced a separate investigation into care standards at Aras Atttracta, a disability centre in Co Mayo.

The HSE statement further emphasises that staff and clients should make complaints where they become aware of abuse, bad practices or improper attitudes towards any vulnerable person and maintain that they will respond quickly to any such complaints in an appropriate and expeditious manner.

Other complaints can be made directly to the HSE by emailing

Join Thurles Rotary Club Events On St Stephens day 2014

“A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.”

Are you wondering what to do with yourself on this upcoming St Stephens day?  Worried that the hunger hormone Ghrelin; produced by our bodies when it feeling peckish, has forced  your brain into ‘making a total pig of yourself,’ as you sought out those delicious tempting high-calorie food stuffs, coming up to and including Christmas day?

Dieters please do not throw in the towel just yet; perhaps Thurles Rotary Club can assist you in removing those existing pangs of lingering guilt being experienced; read on.


Above Picture shows: L-R Pat McKenna (Rotary), Billy Shanahan with his guide dog ‘Bess’ (Rep. Guide Dogs for the Blind), Sean Spain (Rotary), Nicky Veasey (Mo Chara), Evelyn Nevin (Rotary President), Barry Cagney (Rotary) and Jill Moore (Rotary).”

Thurles Rotary Club, latter originally founded in 1988, have put together an organising team to work on a special project to assist two local organisations and help with the funding of same. President of Thurles Rotary Club, Ms Evelyn Nevin has confirmed that the club will now assist in a project to lend a hand to two local animal organisations, namely ‘Guide Dogs for the Blind’ and ‘Mo Chara Animal Rescue.’

In these difficult times, funding for these organisations has dwindled and Thurles Rotary Club are now determined to support with the funding of upcoming events taking place on St Stephens day 2014.

Run – Walk – Cycle and above all – Support

December 26th 2014 will now see four events taking place at Thurles Rugby Club and which are as follows:-
(1)  Starting at 11.00am :- A 55k Cycle Event.
(2)  This will be followed quickly by a ‘Family Fun Cycle’.
(3)  Starting at 11.30am:- A 10k Walk.
(4)  Starting at 11.45am:- A 10k Road Race.

Please note that Thurles Rugby Club has kindly offered their facilities to assist those taking part; to Park Vehicles, Change Clothing and Take a Shower.

After this event a separate draw will take place in the Clubhouse. Entertainment will also be provided for a period of time. Note: Thurles Knights of Malta and Thurles Gardaí are also assisting at all four events, in the interests of health & safety.

Please do attend and support with whatever donation you can afford to give. Cheques can be made payable to Thurles Rotary Local Charities.

Book of Recipes – Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre

Fundraiser With A Difference – A Book Of Your Recipes Will Cook Up A Storm.

Eileen Coffey

Eileen Coffey

Ms Eileen Coffey, a member of the Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre here in Thurles is embarking on a fundraising effort “with a difference.”
She intends compiling a “Book of Recipes” mainly with contributions from as many Celebrities or High Profile people as possible and of course contributions where possible from family and friends. She promises you it will be different, so hopefully you will all come on board with her and help her to “make that difference”.

Eileen Coffey appeals for your help directly here on Thurles.Info:-
“I personally lost my own father, Paddy Corbett as a result of Cancer and I was very fortunate to have Suir Haven recommended to me where I found empathy, compassion and understanding. Now I feel is the right time where I can give back something. Unfortunately I know only too well that too many of us can identify with someone close to us that has lost their battle to cancer or is living with cancer, so let’s channel our energy into doing something positive.”

We can make that difference!
“The idea is that every person who contributes their recipe(s) will make a small donation to have it published – I know that we are constantly being targeted for donations/sponsorship, but this time you can donate whatever you wish – even €5 or €10 from each contributor of a recipe will “start the pot simmering” (100 contributions @ €5.00 = €500 instantly).  All proceeds will go to Suir Haven. The book will be on general sale in March 2015 when hopefully it will “cook up a storm.”

You might like to perhaps dedicate your recipe to someone you know and loved who has died from Cancer or give a short personal statement on how a Cancer Support Centre has helped you yourself!  If you are a Food Provider you can recommend ingredients from your product range in your recipe.

Time is of the essence!
Time is of the essence, so if would like to contribute please act straight away. Deadline for receipt of your contributions is Friday December 12th, 2014.
You can email your recipe to me at and your donation can be lodged directly to a bank account specially set up for this project.  I sincerely thank you all, in anticipation”

Bank Account Details: (please ensure to use your name/company name as a narrative to identify payee.)

Allied Irish Bank,  Thurles: Account Name: Eileen Coffey Suir Haven.

Sort Code:93-53-01.     Account Number:22626074.    BIC: AIBKIE2D.  IBAN: IE77AIBK93530122626074.


So instead of an “Ice Bucket Challenge” – Let’s have a “Receipe Challenge”

Two Tipperary Entrants In Pride of Place Awards

Cloughjordan Eco VillageThis year two entrants have been nominated by Tipperary County Council to represent our county in the all-Ireland IPB Pride of Place Awards annual competition.

The Tipperary County Council’s nominees for 2014 are:
Cloughjordan Community Development Committee (eco-community Initiative).
Cashel Gold Star Disability Project (Community Innovation category).

According to the organisers tonight (Saturday 15th Nov) the IPB Pride of Place Awards will be broadcast live online. Websites and will provide the live streaming coverage for this ceremony.

Up to 1,000 people from all over the island of Ireland will gather in Treacy’s West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare, for a ceremony hosted by our neighbouring Council of Clare County Council and Cooperation Ireland, which run the competition both north and south of the border.

The categories in this year’s competition have been expanded to include Eco Community Initiative, Community Innovation, Community Health Initiative (Theme Categories), Housing Estates, Population Categories up to 250 people, between 250-750 people, between 750 – 1,500, between 1,500 – 4,000 people, and in excess of 4,000, Islands & Coastal Communities and urban neighbourhoods.

Pride of Place, which is run by Co-Operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities and IPB, is an all island competition which allows entrants to showcase the excellent work being carried out by volunteers, in making their area a better place in which to reside.

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