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Services For People Deaf & Hard Of Hearing

deafhearAlona Troy, Community Resource Officer reports:

The next clinic which offers services for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing will be held on Monday 5th September 2016 next, from 10:00am to 1:00pm in St Mary’s Health Centre, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

This is a free service where you can acquire information regarding hearing loss; guidelines for good communication and information on available equipment for your home, which will help you to hear your doorbell, phone, smoke alarm and television.

They also provide information on Irish Sign Language, Tinnitus and Lip-reading; so do come in and have a chat, with no need for an appointment.

HSE hearing aid tubing can be changed and batteries for all hearing aids can be purchased for €2 for a pack of 6. Family members and local agencies are also welcome to seek advice.

Note: They do not service, fit or issue hearing aids at this clinic.


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.