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Thurles Swimming Pool To Re-Open

Thurles Leisure Centre gym remained closed to the public today (Sunday 12th April) to allow for staff training in final preparations ahead of the re-opening of Thurles swimming pool tomorrow.

This magnificent leisure facility here in Thurles has been closed for 11 months after tiles had been identified as lifting from the base of the pool, during May of 2014.

DSC_0195Now it is all systems go for tomorrow morning with the pool fully refilled with water and the temperature brought up to correct levels,  [Between 77° to 82° F (25°-28°C)].

Tipperary Co. Councillor Seamus Hanafin, who has been most vocal in keeping local people up-to-date on this issue, has explained some of the reasons for the delays over the past 11 months.

“It was a case of ensuring that this project was undertaken to the highest possible standards using correct public procurement procedures. It was most important also that through these procedures, an engineer be identified with the necessary hands on knowledge and experience; thus ensuring that into the future there would be no further recurrence of previously identified structural problems and the inevitable waste of taxpayer funding,” stated Mr Hanafin.

“Once the correct tiles and adhesive had been identified and replaced, it was imperative that expansion joints be allowed to set, before water was slowly added; to give the tank time to properly expand as massive water pressure was increased.  A ‘back wash process’, latter which flushes water in the tank back through sand filters, had also to be undertaken to flush out all / any dirt which may have accumulated from previous filtration,” continued Councillor Hanafin.

The Councillor also stated that; “To further ensure a successful conclusion to previous issues the Co. Council had also re-commissioned both the filtration and chlorination systems, as part of this latest refurbishment.”

From tomorrow (Monday 13th April) the Thurles Leisure Centre will re open at 7.00am, as was previously usual for a Monday, with valued customers once more having full access to the Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room and Spa Pool, hopefully long into the future.

Thurles – Anner Hotel – Operation Transformation

The Anner Hotel Leisure Centre here in Thurles; currently regarded as one of the best equipped gymnasiums in Munster, offers fitness programs, all especially tailor-made for each individual member. Their team of professional staff share a wide variety of knowledge, training and experience and to this end constantly strive to ensure that each individual resident and member receives the full benefits of all that this magnificent Gymnasium and Leisure Centre has to offer.

This venue also boasts an 18 meter swimming pool with separate kiddie’s pool, thus providing the perfect opportunity for not just exercise, but also time for members and residents alike to fully relax and unwind with easy access to Sauna, Steam room and Jacuzzi.

It comes as no surprise therefore that a great night of rejoicing took place here last weekend at this same wonderful amenity, when teams, led by Anner Leisure Centre staff professionals, all assembled to celebrate their major individual achievements, following eight weeks of “Operation Transformation“.


Thurles ‘Operation Transformation’ Winners

Pictured Above (Back Row): J. Ryan, C. Loughnane, T. Carroll, S. Callanan, C. Maher,  Y. Gilfoyle and M. Maher (Prop. Anner Hotel).

(Front Row:) A. Callanan, E. Coughlan, M.Cahill (Special Guest & Tipperary All Star), C. O’Connell and D. Dempsey.

Operation Transformation“, as our readers are possibly well aware, is an Irish Health and Fitness programme, supported and promoted through cross-media event broadcasting via radio, web and television on RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ.ie and RTÉ One.

This year, working with Anner Hotel Leisure Centre professional staff, namely Joe Ryan, Aksana Sidarchuk, Noreen Flanagan and Shane Butler, some 27 people took part in “Operation Transformation,” losing an amazing 35 stone in their overall weight. ‘Team Joe Ryan’ (Pictured Above)were the overall winners, demonstrating a total weight loss of over 12 stone. This amazing weight loss was closely followed by ‘Team Aksana’, with only 8 lbs dividing them from the overall team winners over the previous 8 week period. The individual winner was Eimer Ryan, latter a member of Shane Butler’s team.

Magnificent Prizes
Special Guest at this “Operation Transformation” prize night was hurling ” All Star,” three-time county club championship medallist with Thurles Sarsfield’s and current Tipperary player Michael Cahill, latter who presented certificates to all those participating.
The winning team received their prize of a 3 months free membership to the Anner Hotel Leisure Centre for each of their members, with the overall winner, Eimer Ryan, taking the top prize of six months free membership.

Congratulations and well done to all those taking part.

Upperchurch Scientist Awarded €2m Research Grant

A Tipperary scientist based at University College Dublin (UCD) has been awarded a €2 million research grant by the European Union (EU) (under EU/Horizon 2020) to explore the relationship between diet and health.

Dr. Lorraine Brennan (BA, PhD), a Conway Fellow and a PI in the UCD Institute of Food and Health is the daughter of parents and Kilkenny natives Mrs Breda and Mr Joe Brennan, both of whom reside at Rossoulty, Upperchurch, Thurles, here in Co Tipperary.

Dr Brennan’s areas currently under development include (1) the use of a metabolomic approach to identify novel biomarkers of dietary intake and (2) the use of metabolomic signatures (“metabotypes”) to identify responder’s to dietary interventions in a move towards personalised nutrition.

Dr. Brennan’s research interests revolve around metabolism and altered metabolic pathways in health and disease and to this end she leads a metabolomics research group in UCD and is instrumental in the development of metabolomics for nutritional research.

Dr. Brennan is a partner in the FP7 projects NutriTech and Food4me. She is a PI in The National Nutrition Phenotype Database where she was responsible for the metabolomics data. She represents the Irish Nutrigenomics Organisation (JINGO) in the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) ENPADASI.

She has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications including publications in leading journals such as Nature, Diabetes and Diabetalogia. She regularly serves as a reviewer for international journals and since 2010 she is serving as an academic editor in PLoS One. Since 2009, she has delivered 16 invited lectures at International Conferences. Dr Brennan is actively involved in undergraduate teaching and delivers a range of lectures to Human Nutrition and Medical students.

She is also a member of the Irish Nutrition Society Executive. In September 2014, she was appointed as co-director of the European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO).

Dr. Brennan has stated that this funding will now greatly assist in establishing what type of diet is best for human development.

Thurles congratulates Dr. Lorraine Brennan on all her achievements.

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

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