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White Tailed Sea Eagles Observation Point Lough Derg

Mountshannon, Clare, Ireland – Members of the public are now able to observe one of the first White Tailed Sea Eagles born in Ireland in over a century; courtesy of a new Viewing & Information Point that has been officially opened on the shores of Lough Derg in County Clare.

Located at Mountshannon Pier and operated by Mountshannon Community Council, the Golden Eagle Trust and Clare County Council, the new Viewing Point features telescopes and information and displays about the White Tailed Sea Eagles. The facility will remain open until the end of September.

Haliaeetus_albicillaNorway’s Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Roald Næss joined Mayor of Clare Cllr. John Crowe in Mountshannon today in recognition of his country’s close links with the Golden Eagle Trust’s programme to reintroduce the bird to Ireland.

The Mountshannon breeding pair, a six-year-old male and five-year-old female, were collected as chicks on the island of Frøya off the west coast of Norway by the Golden Eagle Trust. The birds were released in Killarney National Park before relocating to Lough Derg in 2011. The pair, named Saoirse and Caimin, created history in 2013 when they reared the first chicks to fly from a nest in Ireland in 110 years. The pair successfully hatched another chick in late April of this year.

Mayor of Clare Cllr. John Crowe welcomed the introduction of the Viewing Point which he said provides the general public with “a unique opportunity to view the birds at close quarters without disturbing them”.

He added: “The breeding success of the Mountshannon pair is in no small part down to the wonderful work of the Golden Eagle Trust, Clare County Council and Mountshannon Community Council, as well as the goodwill and support shown by the local community. This Viewing & Information Point will help to further safeguard these impressive birds and their nesting activities, as well as to promote their ecology and conservation.”

Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Roald Næss described the increase in the number of nesting pairs of White Tailed Sea Eagles in Ireland as “encouraging” and expressed his delight that Norway has played a central role in the reintroduction programme.

He continued: “Norway is home to one of the largest White Tailed Sea Eagle populations in the world and has been instrumental in helping organisations such as the Golden Eagle Trust to reintroduce the species to countries where the bird once flourished but is no longer found. Being able to view this breeding pair thrive here in County Clare is a tribute to everyone concerned and I hope the people who visit this Viewing Point truly value what is happening here.”

Welcoming the official opening of the Viewing & Information Point, Dr. Allan Mee, White Tailed Sea Eagle project manager, commented: “We are very conscious of the risk of disturbing the birds especially during nesting periods, so we warmly welcome this structure which is purpose built and designed specifically for the purposes as a Bird Viewing and Information Point. It will help put Mountshannon on the map as the destination to come and enjoy perhaps Ireland’s largest and most spectacular breeding bird. To have a nesting pair of eagles here on our doorstep is unique and one that the local community in Mountshannon will I’m sure help nurture into the future”.

The Viewing Point will be maintained by Mountshannon Community Council, whose Chairperson John Harvey said: “Since the White Tailed Sea Eagles first arrived here three years ago, members of the local community have given tremendous support to the Golden Eagle Trust to ensure the birds were given every possible opportunity to thrive. The Community Council looks forward to welcoming people to the village and the Viewing Point, which we regard as a wonderful addition to the local tourism infrastructure.”

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Hidden Tipperary Aware Of Current Urban Tourism Greed

Minister Phil Hogan, what in the name of God have you started?

The deadline of September 30th 2014, given to County Councils by the Revenue Commissioners to vary property tax charges by 15%, at the behest of the Revenue Commissioners, has given the search for ‘Urban/Rural Funding Equalisation Debate’ a now much more added urgency.

Publicity shy Dublin Labour TD Kevin Humphreys; yes him who recently confronted that unfortunate rat, as it scurrying across the polished floors of Leinster House, warns he will become ‘rebellious’ (God forbid Kevin, control yourself, you will have us all protesting) if central funds for local authorities are diverted from councils in his thriving Capital City of Dublin, to be spent in “Hillbilly Country”, latter also referred to in EU dispatches, (strictly in the interest of political correctness you understand) as “Rural Ireland.”

Mr Humphreys is seriously losing sleep about critically important local issues in Dublin, now much in need of urgent funding. It appears from press reports that the government could redirect funds to rural, less well populated areas in our State; due to the excessive property tax yields in Dublin. This government decision could see Mr Humphreys turn savage, especially since these rural voters have been less than sympathetic to Labour Party policies, in recent local elections.

Dublin’s Moving Statues

I myself, a well known rural Co Tipperary blow-in, can partially understand where Humphreys ( Latter no relation to character in satirical British sitcom “Yes Minister”) is coming from, particularly in relation to the necessary funding of items like the “Moving Statues” of Dublin.  Please allow me to further elaborate.

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Statues of Viscount Gough & Molly Malone

I believe it was Jury’s Hotel, Dublin that financed the statue of the fictional 17th century, third generation, double jobbing,  fishmonger (by day) and part-time prostitute (by night) “Molly Malone.”   Molly Malone, of that well-known ballad of the same name has become the most recent of Dublin’s moving statue; “shifted” (Please interpret latter word using a biblical understanding) from the bottom of Grafton Street to be possibly relocated temporarily on Andrew Street.

The statue affectionately known by Dublin natives as “The Tart with the Cart”, “The Dish with the Fish”, “The Trollop with the Scallops” and “The Dolly with the Trolley”, has just cost the Irish tax payer €50,000 for its recent removal, it’s cleaning, repairs etc.. Happily the €50,000 spent should see visitors not noticing  any change in her newly welded appearance when she once again appears back ‘on the town’ at her new temporary location outside the tourist office now established in the former St Andrew’s Church on nearby Suffolk Street.

This statue will of course incur further costs later,  pending the end of Luas works in 2017, when she will be again relocated to her former ‘beat’ on Grafton Street, slightly north of her more recent location.

The repairs to the Molly Malone statue were necessary, because of cracks brought about by tourists sitting on her.  How do I know this?  Take a look at the tourism facts & figures for the Top Ten free attractions in Ireland for 2013.

Tourism Facts

Note that No 1. on the list of Tourism attractions was The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (641,572), followed by No 2. The National Botanic Gardens, Dublin (550,000), No 3. Farmleigh House, Dublin (435,476), No 4. National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin (404,230), No 5. Newbridge Silverware, Kildare (350,000), No 6. Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin (339,264), No 7. National Museum of Ireland, Natural History, Dublin (284,323), No 8. The National Library of Ireland, Dublin (260,152), No 9. National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin (251,226) and finally No 10. Chester Beatty Library Dublin (250,659) and all but one have got the same thing in common.

It is also interesting to note the tourism facts & figures for five of the top ten paid-for attractions in 2013, namely:- The Guinness, Storehouse, Dublin (1,157,090), National Aquatic Centre, Dublin (858,031), Book of Kells, Dublin, (588,723), St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin (410,000) and Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin (326,207)  have also all got one thing in common.

So have you spotted how Molly got cracked? Yes correct, fourteen out of the fifteen top Irish Tourist attractions hold a Dublin City address. These over abundant tourists now visiting Dublin are no better than street vandals; sitting as they do under Molly’s ample semi-bared blossoms, to have their photographs taken. These unprofitable tourists have being encouraged to visit Dublin, through the spending of millions of Euro by Fáilte Ireland, attracting them only to Dublin city over the last five years, to the detriment of unfunded rural Ireland and Co Tipperary in particular.

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Tipperary Community & Voluntary Sectors Take Note

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A public meeting to discuss the future of the community and voluntary sectors in North Tipperary under the new county-wide structure.

Mr Frank Higgins (Chairperson CAVA) reports.

CAVA, North Tipperary’s Community and Voluntary Association, are holding a public meeting to discuss the changing face of Community and Voluntary involvement in the newly established County Council structures in County Tipperary.

The meeting will take place in the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh on Tuesday the 15th of July beginning at 8:30pm sharp.

CAVA are inviting any and all groups that are involved in the Community and Voluntary sector throughout North Tipperary to come along on the night to express their views on where the Community and Voluntary sector see themselves going over the coming years, working under the new Tipperary County Council and Municipal District structures.

The meeting will be hosted by CAVA and will be an informal format where all matters relating to the Community and Voluntary sectors will be discussed in an open forum. CAVA hope to see as many people as possible in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh on July 15th, so please do feel free to contact them for any further information by Telephoning 086 8606000 or via Email to ruth4frank@gmail.com.

For those of our readers not familiar with CAVA, same was established in March 2001 to act as a representative voice for all Community and Voluntary groups in North Tipperary in various bodies and committees such as North Tipperary Development Board, Strategic Policy Committees, Tipperary Leader and other relevant decision-making structures.

This is an important meeting and should be attended by all Community and Voluntary groups regardless; now active in North Tipperary.

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Places To Visit For Free In Co Tipperary

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Templemore Park Fairy Trail, Templemore, Thurles, Co Tipperary

With the exceptional fine weather being enjoyed around Tipperary and forecast for the next week, the Hidden Tipperary Tourism Group are pleased to point out that on the first Wednesday of every month all Office of Public Works (OPW) managed Heritage Sites, here in Co Tipperary, will continue to offer Free Admission to all individuals wishing to visit their venues, for the complete duration of the 2014 holiday season.

These ‘First Wednesday of each month Free Admissions’ will include Cahir Castle, Swiss Cottage in Cahir, Rock of Cashel, Roscrea Heritage (Castle and Damer House) and the Blackmills.

Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, however visitors may experience delays at some of the busier sites and therefore are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Note: Opening times can also change at these venues at short notice, so those intending to visit are requested to check all websites for updates, prior to their intended visit.

Do you and your Family enjoy Walking?

Other permanently Free Admission sites for strollers, not managed by the OPW, but well worth visiting in Co Tipperary include Templemore Park Fairy Trail at Templemore, Thurles, Co Tipperary, plus the Clare Glens at Newport, Co.Tipperary and The Glen of Aherlow, at Aherlow, Co Tipperary.

Please remember that all young children, visiting these areas of great curiosity, should be fully supervised at all times, in the interests of safety.

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Irelands Festival Of Gaelic Sport Begins In Thurles Next Weekend

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The Thurles Sarsfields International Festival of Gaelic Sport gets under way next weekend, beginning 4th – 12th July, inclusive.

The former 2012 European Town of Sport, will showcase the very best Ireland has to offer as a sports, tourism and shopping destination to the thousands of visitors expected to descend on Thurles, “The Home of the GAA.”

Ireland’s first week-long celebration of Gaelic sport, music and fun will see local businesses and tourism attractions all join forces to offer a wide variety of family friendly events and will offer special discounts for visitors to choose from, throughout this exciting festive period.

Expect traditional and modern music sessions, a Setanta Sports talk in LIT Tipperary, A “Fleadh agus Fáilte,” Fun Run with Thurles Crokes Athletic Club, Family events in The Source Theatre, Thurles Farmers market, The “Garth Brooks Experience” Concert, Open Golf Competitions and a Céíli Mór with The Annaly Céilí Band as just some of this year’s festival highlights.

Add to this free entry to Thurles Dog Track with a festival programme on race nights and special Dining and Accommodation rates in the Anner Hotel, Templemore Arms, The Horse and Jockey, Watermill and Supermacs Thurles. Special reduced rates also for entry to all Heritage Centres, namely St Mary’s Famine Museum, Lár na Páirce and Cormackstown Heritage Centre.

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