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Incompetence Denies Tipperary Lottery Fund Application

Dept ChildrenTipperary community groups and voluntary organisations with an involvement in the provision of Children’s and Youth Services were invited recently to apply under the National Lottery Discretionary Fund for once-off grants. We here in forgotten Tipperary were informed that a fund had been puts in place in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to this end.

The scope of the scheme was for the provision of services to children and young people, for once-off projects across a wide variety of areas such as the provision of equipment for youth clubs, youth cafes, scouts, summer camps, day trips for youth clubs/summer camps, play equipment for play schools / crèches and other once-off programs. In addition for 2014 the Department would also consider projects that focus on Children’s and Youth Health issues. Nice one!

Priority was be given to projects and activities that involve culture, play and recreation, healthy lifestyles for children and young people including innovative new projects aimed at emerging issues for children, and to provide marginalised groups with access to extra-curricular activity based projects. Nice one!

Completed applications were to be returned by post to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs no later than 12:30pm on Friday, 6th June, 2014.  All sounded great, however applications for this National Lottery funding would have to be made using a standard application form available / downloaded from the link shown HERE, and entitled National Lottery APP Form 2014 Final.doc.

Every effort by Tipperary community groups and voluntary organisations to download this application form since this announcement of funding however has failed, due to the incompetence of IT administrators at the Department of Children And Youth Affairs.

We at Thurles.Info realising the difficulty being experienced by community groups and voluntary organisations in downloading this ‘Application Form,’ advised the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on the morning of 29th May last as to their oversight. The following day, finding no IT correction to the download link, we emailed the responsible Minister, Mr Charles Flanagan TD about this on line basic “Error 404.0″ and while the minister promptly both telephoned on same day (30th May) and also emailed us (also on 30th May) promising immediate action, nothing has happened since.

I quote the Minister’s email “I have spoken directly with the Dept Secretary General. I expect matters will be rectified shortly. Thank you for bringing the matter to my attention.” signed Charlie Flanagan TD, Fine Gael Parliamentary Party Chairman, Laois/Offaly Constituency, Lismard Court, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

It would now appear that the Dept Secretary General referred to in this email is experiencing difficulty with his ‘Line Management’ or perhaps all this funding has been already distributed, “nod, nod, wink, wink,” as has so often has been the case particularly in recent Tipperary Tourism Funding.

Note: As stated completed applications were to be returned by post to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs no later than 12:30pm on Friday, 6th June, 2014. Same now allows only 2.5 working days for those wishing to make an application for such funding.

Those still interested, at this late stage, in receiving an ‘Application Form‘ can obtain same by emailing direct dcyalotterygrants@dcya.gov.ie

Note: Also, as at time of going to press tonight, the site link inviting the ‘Application Form‘ download still remains showing a “HTTP Error 404.0 – Not Found” message. But then again this is a government administered website and government websites are by nature not supposed to work properly – or are they?

Maybe one of those persons who seek and exploit weaknesses in computer systems, could nip in and assist in correcting it for us.

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Thurles Gardaí Warn Of Confidence Tricksters At Work

gardaGardaí in Thurles are once again warning householders to be on the lookout for a male confidence trickster operating in the Thurles area, following the latest in a spate of such incidents which happened yesterday in Thurles.

Gardaí describe the trickster as being of medium height, clean shaven, with sallow skin and brown hair. The culprit is understood to be aged somewhere between 25 and 40 years and as of yesterday was wearing blue jeans and a black and red t-shirt. He was also wearing around his neck, what appeared to be an identification tag; the sort used by those perhaps attending conferences or worn by security officers at pop concerts.

The man called to a number of houses in the Kickham Street area of Thurles yesterday and succeeded in gaining access to at least one home, claiming to be a plain clothed Garda investigating a recent incident in the area. During this visit he succeeded in stealing a sum of money.

This incident is the just the latest in a spate of such incidents in Co Tipperary in recent weeks where such confidence tricksters have targeted the homes of mainly elderly people, however investigating Gardaí at this stage are unable to confirm if these similar incidents are linked or if the work of a larger gang.

In a more recent case in Thurles the culprit claimed to be from Irish Water and sought permission to check water pressure in taps and radiators.

Speaking to Thurles.Info early this morning, Thurles Gardaí advise all home owners to be more alert when admitting unknown individuals into their homes and are asking those so approached to immediately call their nearest Garda station and report all such suspicious behaviour.

Thurles Gardaí are anxious to speak to anyone with information regarding these incidents. Call Thurles Gardaí at Tel: 0504-25100, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or indeed any Garda Station.

For More click HERE for update.

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Munster SHC Semi Final – Limerick 2-18, Tipperary 2-16

HurlingIt was 3/1 outsiders Limerick that scored a sensational 2-18 (24pts) to 2-16 (22pts) victory against Tipperary (in front of 24,962 spectators) in the Munster SHC semi-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles this afternoon. The artistry of Shane Dowling’s scoring prowess saw the Premier county being edged out only in the last dying minutes of a truly classic Munster Championship, bewildering their hosts with a late salvo of 1-2, after the Premier County appeared to be on target for a Sunday Final showdown.

Both sides had exchanged early points before Niall O’Meara edged Tipperary in front after about 10 minutes. Limerick soon equalised and then took the lead when Shane Dowling rifled a 20-yard free into the roof of the net with Kevin Downes further stretching this advantage from the puck-out. However four minutes later Tipperary’s Patrick Maher returned the compliment, to find the opposing net.

The game remained one of ‘retaliation in kind’ for the remainder of the first half with offerings from Seamus Callanan and Declan Hannon both matching each hard-fought crucial score, to leave the sides level at 1-8 (11pts) apiece as they headed for the well deserved break.

The first minutes of the second half saw a fully determined Gearoid Ryan grant Tipperary a goal, but Limerick remained resolute, replying with four successive single points. Both sides now began to fight it out in earnest and when Denis Maher put the Premier County three points ahead in the dying minutes, Limerick’s future looked dangerously ominous.

However Tipperary had not bargained on the momentum of Shane Dowling, who deposited home an amazing goal in the 68th minute, thus equalising both sides yet again. Now spurred on by this determination and with everything to play for, two insurance points by Tom Ryan and Seamus Hickey in quick succession saw Limerick cross the line to victory to wrestle a deserved place in the 2014 Munster final, thus repeating once more last year’s provincial victory against their very same opponents.

Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, C. Barrett, P. Maher, M. Cahill, J. Barry, B. Maher, C. O’Mahony, K. Bergin, S. McGrath, G. Ryan, N. McGrath, N. O’Meara, J. O’Dwyer, S. Callanan, P. Maher.

Tipperary Scorers: G. Ryan 1-2 (5pts), J. O’Dwyer 0-5 (5pts), S. Callanan 0-5 (5pts), P. Maher 1-0 (3pts) and  N. McGrath, N. O’Meara, L. Corbett,  D. Maher 0-1 (1Pt) each.

Subs: L. Corbett for J. Barry, D. Maher for N. O’Meara, C. O’Brien for M. Cahill, S. Bourke for J. O’Dwyer, T. Stapleton for S. McGrath.

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Thurles Tourism Brochure Goes On-Line

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New ‘Discover Hidden Tipperary’ Brochure

The new Thurles Tourism Brochure for 2014, funded by Thurles Town Council and entitled ‘Discover Hidden Tipperary,’ has now been uploaded to a ‘Widget’ on the Hidden Tipperary website.

(NOTE: For those not familiar; a widget is a stand-alone application that can be embedded into third-party sites by any user; onto a page where they have rights of authorship, e.g. a webpage, blog, or profile on social media sites.)

This brochure comes in the form of a printable PDF file (Portable Document Format) and is available now to all for full download.

To download the brochure go to the link shown HERE on the Hidden Tipperary website, then simply Right Click on the picture and select ‘Save Link As’ or ‘Save Target As’. Choose ‘Desktop’ as your favoured destination and click ‘Save’.

This uploaded PDF file on Hidden Tipperary will now allow visitors, both from home and worldwide, the opportunity to download, read and also to print off a copy prior to visiting the Thurles area, if so desired.

The downloading of this PDF file will also allows any persons; in particular those involved in making a ‘crust’ within the tourism accommodation sector, to upload this brochure unto their own individual personal websites or alternatively convey same through an attachment via emails or through social media sites such as Facebook, thus assisting these same accommodation providers to attract /inform all would-be future possible clientèle to visit our beloved county of Tipperary.

Printed copies of the brochure can be obtained presently from; Thurles Tourism Information Centre in ‘BookWorm’ situated north-west of Liberty Square, [Map Ref ], St Mary’s Famine Museum [Map Ref ], Anner Hotel [Map Ref ], Lár Na Páirce [Map Ref ], The Source / Thurles Library [Map Ref ] and many other locations in Upperchurch and Holycross in the coming days.

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Death Announced Of John Hourihan Thurles

It is with great personal sadness I report the death yesterday (May 28th 2014) of friend Mr John Hourihan, No 1 Matthew Avenue, Thurles, Co Tipperary and formally native of Kealkil, Bantry, Co Cork.

Mr Hourihan, one of the most knowledgeable and authoritative of local historians on matters pertaining to the Irish Civil War period, passed away peaceably at his home.

Mr John Hourahan is pictured here during happier times last year, while visiting the grave of Denis ‘Sonny’ O’Neill in Tyone Cemetery, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, (Latter named as responsible for the assassination of General Michael Collins on August 22nd, 1922, during the course of a fifteen to twenty minute gun battle at Béal na mBláth (English Translation: Mouth of the Flowers) in Co.Cork).

Mr Hourihan will be deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary, daughters Geraldine and Mary, sons William, Peter and Michael, sister Sheila, grandchildren Aislinn, Deirdre, Shane, David, Mary, Síona, Rory, Clare and Rhona, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law Eddie and Kevin, nieces, nephews, neighbours, relatives and many friends.

Mr Hourihan’s body will repose at Ardeen Funeral Home on Saturday, May 31st, from 4.00pm to 7.00pm;  arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, on Sunday June 1st, at 9.45am for Requiem Mass later at 12.00 noon.

Burial will take place afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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