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Thurles Services For Deaf & Hard Of Hearing

Thurles next free deafness clinic – Wednesday August 14th 2019.

Ms Alona Troy (Community Resource Officer) with “Chime” reports:-

Note: Our next clinic will be held on Wednesday August 14th 2019, from 10:00am to 1:00pm, in St. Mary’s Health Centre, Castlemeadows, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

This is a free and confidential support service, relating to all aspects of deafness and hearing loss. Information and resources, assistive technologies, minor repairs, hearing aid batteries (€2 per card) and more.

Should you require further information or advice please contact the resource office at ‘Chime‘, Pery Street, Limerick on Tel. No.: (061) 467 494; Fax: (061) 467 497; Text: (087) 6839754 or simply Email: alona.troy@chime.ie

Thank you for your attention.


Tipperary Man Consumes Tainted Ecstasy At Cork Music Festival

A 19-year-old man is fighting for his life after he consumed, what is believed to be, tainted ecstasy at the Indie19 music Festival in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork on Friday last.

The young man who is understood to be from South Co. Tipperary and whose anxious family remain at his hospital bedside, is understood to have suffered multiple organ failure, having collapsed at about 4.30pm on Friday last.

The man was rushed to Cork University Hospital having walked into the festival’s medical centre complaining of being unwell.

Organisers of the popular music event have sent a text message to those attending the festival, warning that a “bad batch of something” was being circulated within the venue.

Cork University Hospital (CUH) has since issued an alert; stating: “CUH has received patients with very severe illness from taking ecstasy at the Indie19 Festival in Mitchelstown. We are aware that a text message was issued to attendees concerning reports of a bad batch of something on the camp site. Please circulate & to all attending stay safe.”

Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine (MDMA), more commonly known as ecstasy (E), is a psychoactive drug primarily used as a recreational drug. The desired effects being sought by users include altered sensations and increased energy, empathy and pleasure. When taken by mouth in tablet form, these effects begin to take effect 30–45 minutes later and can lasts for up to 6 hours.

MDMA, which has no approved medical uses, has remained popular as a street drug since the 1980’s and remains illegal in most countries.

This week the Irish government announced new plans for dealing with personal drug use, which will see first time offenders referred to the HSE for health screening.


Arsenic Found Above Prescribed Legal Limit In Bottled Water

Consumers Beware – Danger

Retailers are being requested by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) to remove implicated batches of own brand bottled water from sale and display, in stores and food outlets including Aldi, Applegreen, Broderick, Dunnes Stores, Itica, Lidl, Londis, Mace, Macari, San Marino, Plane and Spar.

Arsenic (chemical symbol As), a heavy metal, has been detected at levels above the prescribed legal limit in several branded ‘still’ and ‘sparkling’ bottled waters. Point-of-sale notices will now be displayed in stores, which were supplied with these implicated batches.

Users are being asked to please refer to the table supplied HERE, for full details of the implicated consignments.

Last week, it was bottled water from Spar and Londis outlets only, that were affected. Arsenic has no smell, taste, or colour when dissolved in water, even in high concentrations, so only laboratory analysis can truly detect its presence and concentration.

Consumers have been strongly advised not to drink bottled water and to seek medical advice immediately if they feel unwell.

Arsenic can enter any water supply from natural deposits in the earth or from industrial and agricultural pollution. It is widely believed that naturally occurring arsenic dissolves out of certain rock formations; particularly when ground water levels drop significantly.

Why is Arsenic, in high levels, is now appearing on our supermarket shelves? We now wait for further clarification and explanation and maybe Irish Water can give us some answers.


Please Support Jim Corcoran Benefit Fund

Mr Jim Corcoran

All communities within mid Co. Tipperary, especially within the neighbourhoods of Holycross, Thurles and Littleton, are coming together to support a deserving local family with a benefit night, latter which will take place in The Dome, Semple Stadium on Saturday night, August 17th 2019, [8:00pm till late].

Mr Jim Corcoran, Ballyvoneen, Holycross, Thurles; originally from Littleton was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in mid-May and now his many great friend and relatives have jumped in to support him, together with his wife Angela and their three children, Charlie, Libby and Poppy, by pledging to raise as much funding as possible to assist with Jim’s necessary treatment programme.

The oldest son of Mrs Nell Corcoran and her husband, the late Mr Patrick Corcoran; Mr Jim Corcoran has three brothers P.J., Mickie and Paul, together with two sister’s Trisha and Fiona. His wife, Angela’s family, whose parents are Phillip and Kathleen McNeill together with her brothers and sisters, are also supportive of her husband Jim at this time, with both families offering positive and reassuring support.

Aged 51 years old, Mr Corcoran is a skilled carpenter by trade, who formally worked in a number of locations, including in London; and building many of the scenery props and characters at Euro Disney, in Paris, before returning home to work in Erin Foods. In the past Mr Corcoran has survived testicular cancer in earlier years and has also overcome a heart attack just five years ago.

However, this latest blow came out of the blue, beginning with what appeared at the time to be a toothache. Further investigation however, confirmed that Mr Corcoran had tumours in the form of primary cancer in his lung and secondary cancer in his brain.
Mr Corcoran has been undergoing treatment since last May, under the care of Dr. Nadine in The Whitfield Clinic in Waterford. He is determined to fight and to do whatever has to be done, to beat his current diagnosis. He is a strong determined man, and together with wife Angela; both remain a very effective team, meeting this severe challenge head-on.

Live Performances

The upcoming benefit night on August 17th, at The Dome, in Semple Stadium, will have music by the ‘Jim of the Mill Group’, ‘Seskin Lane’ and friends, and DJ Martin Maher, all of whom will provide top entertainment on the night.

All of those involved in the event, including the venue; performers; ticket and poster production, etc.; are giving their services totally free of charge; a fact that is most deeply appreciated by the families and the specially formed organising committee members.

Committee Officers

The Officers on the committee are Ms Theresa Corbett and Fr. Celsus Tierney (Joint Chairpersons); Ms Teresa Hickey and Ms Dolly Purcell (Joint Secretaries); Ms Jean Ryan and Ms Vanessa O’ Dowd (Joint Treasurers). There are at least twenty other persons involved in the running of the event, ready and eager to assist the Corcoran family during this most difficult of times.


Tickets for this worthy event will cost just €20, and are available from Holycross Parish Office (0504 43124), Ely’s Centre, MR Car Valeting, Sammon’s Pharmacy, Premier Meats, Annie Cuties Nail Bar, Mc Cycles, The Beauty Loft, Doyle’s Corner Shop, Boots Pharmacy, Village Takeaway Littleton, Crokes Shop Littleton, Sarsfields Clubhouse and from committee members including Ms Teresa Hickey (087 77433030), Ms Jean Ryan (087 6796764), Ms Samantha Breen (086 8441533).

Doors on August 17th next will open at 8:00pm and there will also be Prizes and an Auction; while people can also Donate Online via a GoFundMe page.

Thurles Credit Union – BIC: THCUIE21 IBAN: IE97THCU99109210805697. Account Number 36484.

Where possible we ask you please to support this very worthwhile cause.


Frustration Voiced With Regard To Mid-West Health Care Issues

Tipperary people being foolishly identified as brainless imbeciles by this Fine Gael government.
Fine Gael TD Mr Simon Harris (Minister for Apologies, Promises and Health Care, since May 2016.)

We reported on Tuesday last July 9th that seventy patients lay on surf board type trolleys at University Hospital Limerick (UHL), with a total of 456 patients lodged in similar conditions across the 26 counties of Ireland. A further 26 patients remained on trolleys at South Tipperary General Hospital, leaving a total of 96 patients or almost one quarter of the national patient count, waiting for a bed in just Co. Tipperary alone.

On the following day, Wednesday July 10th, last, University Hospital Limerick serving North Tipperary issued a statement through the UL Hospitals Group. They declared that 232 patients had attended their emergency department between 8:00am July 9th and 8:00am July 10th. They further advised people to avoid their medical facility, urging members of the public to consider attending injury clinics at St. John’s Hospital [Opening Hours 8:00am – 6:00pm]; at Ennis Hospital [Opening Hours 8:00am – 8:00pm]; and Nenagh General Hospital [Opening Hours 8:00am – 8:00pm]. They failed to state where patients should attend in the case of night time accidents or other emergencies?

We hasten to point out that these figures above stated can be viewed online and are confirmed by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

Following last Monday’s meeting of Clare County Council, a joint motion from councillors attending, called on the Minister for Health Mr Simon Harris to make an ‘unannounced visit’ to Limerick hospital and then to immediately begin the process required to reopen the Accident & Emergency units at St. John’s Hospital (Co. Limerick), Ennis Hospital (Co. Clare) and Nenagh General Hospital (Co. Tipperary), and furthermore to upgrade Ennis Hospital to the status of a Model 3 hospital.

They also called for a meeting to be held with Mr Harris, inviting TDs from Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary, together with Co. Councillors from the same stated areas. Their hope is to discuss the future of the health service within the UL Hospitals group.

Independent Cllr. Ms Anne Norton of Clare Co. Council claimed that previous visits by the Minister to UHL, saw trolleys hidden away and out of sight around the hospital. Cllr Norton also claimed that numbers on trolleys should be dropping during summer months, adding she believed we are experiencing the worst health crisis ever, across Ireland.

Independent Cllr. Mr Ian Lynch and Fianna Fáil Cllr. Mr Cillian Murphy expressed the view that the UHL model has completely failed, with patients feeling at risk being sent there and with none of the plans discussed being put in place. Cllr. Murphy pointed out that the current population for Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary was 400,070 and projections indicated some 18% of future growth. Keeping these figures in mind, he stated our health service is only going to further deteriorate.

Are Tipperary Co. Council totally asleep on their feet?

It would appear that those who attended at our own last Tipperary Co. Council meeting, had not heard of the ongoing problems being experienced at University Hospital Limerick or had forgotten to properly adjust their monthly secret agenda.

Still when you vote at local elections for “more of the same”, what do you get? Answer:- “more of the same.”

Meanwhile our Dáil adjourned officially on Friday last, July 12th, with no further business scheduled for discussion until the resumption of business on Wednesday, September 20th next.

Of the 158 members of our national parliament only one Minister and three opposition TDs remained within the portals of the Dáil (soon to be refurbished at a cost of €17 million), for the final debate, before the Ceann Comhairle, Mr Seán Ó Fearghaíl, wished those not present a joyful, happy and relaxing holiday.

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s electronic key fob machine in Leinster House, like the CCTV system in Thurles, obviously no longer appears to be functioning.