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Viable Drainage Options For Littleton Graveyard

Littleton-Graveyard

Tipperary and Thurles Councillor Seamus Hanafin has welcomed news circulated by the Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council Mr Joseph MacGrath, that works are to begin on a permanent solution to the flooding issues at Littleton Graveyard which severely manifest itself in February last, following unprecedented winter rainfall.

In communication with Councillor Hanafin and following a commissioned hydro-geology report, Mr MacGrath offers two possible viable drainage options shown hereunder.

Option 1 – Thrust Bore
A gravity drainage option over public and private lands with a thrust bore pipe to be constructed under the old N8 road, discharging surface water to drains on private land. It is a sustainable solution, feasible from a construction perspective and involves a low level of maintenance work. Although there appears to be agreement in principle from landowners affected by the works, formal agreement would be required.

Option 2 – Pumping
A drainage solution over public and private lands, discharging by gravity to the old N8 followed by pumping into an existing storm-water pipe on the old N8 and subsequently discharging to the river. Again it is feasible from a construction perspective, but it would involve a higher degree of maintenance work. Although there appears to be agreement in principle from landowners affected by the works, formal agreement would be required.

Following detailed consideration of both options, it is proposed to proceed with Option 1 above. Completion of this work is subject to formal agreements being achieved with the landowners, in advance of the commencement of this works.

Arrangements are now being made to seek formal agreement from all affected individuals and to commence this works as soon as possible.

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Death Of Former Taoiseach Mr Albert Reynolds

A-ReynoldsIt is with deepest regret, we learn of the death of former Taoiseach and business entrepreneur, Mr Albert Reynolds, who died shortly before 3.00 am this morning, at the age of 81.

Mr Reynolds served as Taoiseach for almost three years and was regarded as one of the most influential leaders in Ireland’s history; making a lasting contribution to our country’s peace process through his partnership with England’s Sir John Major and which led to the Downing St. Declaration of 1993.

The straight-talking, risk-taking businessman and influential leader, who worked his way up the political ladder to lead Fianna Fáil in two coalition governments, was a native of Rooskey, Co. Roscommon.

First elected to the Dáil for the Longford/Westmeath constituency in 1977 representing Fianna Fáil;  Mr Reynolds, within two years, moved up the government ranks to be appointed a government Minister.

As Minister for Posts and Telegraphs he helped revolutionise Ireland’s weak telecommunications system, transforming it, despite much pessimistic criticism, into one of the best communications systems in Europe. Later, as Minister for Finance from 1988 to 1991, he reduced all personal tax rates for the first time in over 20 years.

Elected Taoiseach in 1992, Mr Reynolds worked tirelessly with the then Prime Minister Sir John Major, Gerry Adams and SDLP leader John Hume to try to deliver much needed stability to Northern Ireland. The Downing Street Declaration, co-signed with British Prime Minister Sir John Major on December 15th, 1993, finally paved the way for an IRA ceasefire in 1994. Same in turn led loyalist paramilitaries to declare an end to terrorism, and this signing would paved the way to laying the foundations for the eventual signing of the Good Friday Agreement  in 1998.

Following a dispute with Fianna Fáil’s then coalition partner, the Labour party, Mr Reynolds resigned as leader of Fianna Fáil and as Taoiseach in 1994.  Mr Reynolds suffered political defeat in 1997 in an internal Fianna Fáil election to determine the party’s Presidential Candidate; beaten by Belfast-born academic Mrs Mary McAleese, latter who went on to win the Presidency and who served as head of state for two terms. Mr Reynolds later retired from politics in 2002 having serving some 25 years as an Irish TD.

Mr Reynolds had been diagnosed as suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, requiring 24-hour care and was in his later years reported as being unable to enter into conversation.
History records his full contribution to Irish life as being among some of this nation’s most significant achievements.

Mr Reynolds is survived by his wife Kathleen, two sons and five daughters.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Autumn Dance Classes Scheduled For Thurles

Thurles Club For DancingA six week’s course in social dancing for beginners commences in The Premier Ballroom, Thurles on Tuesday the 2nd of September next at 8.30pm sharp.

Learn the basic steps of the Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz and some novelty dances.

These classes are ideally suited to the requirements of newly engaged couples, bridesmaids and grooms-men who may be somewhat fearful of participating in that first future wedding day dance on some eagerly awaited weekend evening planned in the coming months, or indeed it may be for some other future public occasion or for just your basic overall enjoyment.

The course is from 8.30pm to 10.00pm on six successive Tuesday nights and is suitable for anyone over 18 years of age.

The overall six week beginners course costs just €20, which covers the cost of hall hire, insurance etc. and is not a profit making venture. An enjoyable six weeks is guaranteed.

Note Venue /Date and for further information please contact Tom Gleeson Tel: 087-9732837.

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Payments Of €891,583 For Redundant Tipperary Councillors

tippSome 200 former councillors will share over €5.4 million in severance payments from twelve local authorities. These same Councillors have either retired or lost favour with their electorate, following the recent Local Elections or through the abolition of Borough and Town Councils.

North and South Tipperary recently merged into Tipperary County Council, will make payments, in all, totalling more than €1 million to its former  councillors. The bulk of this payment will go to 49 former county and town Councillors who have already reached the age of 50 and who will receive some €891,583 divided between them.

A further 22 former councillors who have not as yet reached their fiftieth year will be entitled to €191,000 between them, based on the amount they were receiving in representational payments. However, these amounts will have to be recalculated on the pay rate in place at the time each councillor eventually reach their fiftieth year.

Severance Payments For Redundant Co Tipperary Councillors

South Tipperary County Council €318,775
Jack Crowe €64,160;  Sean Mc Carthy €61,665;  Billy Shoer €37,552;  Joe O’Donovan €47,705;  Liam Ahearne €33,278;  Sean Lonergan €33,278;  Sylvia Cooney Sheehan €24,535;  Tom Acheson €16,603.

North Tipperary County Council €259,200
Denis Ryan €57, 685;  Jim Casey €57,685;  Billy Clancy €16,603;  Eddie Moran €16,603;  John Kennedy €37,142;  John Rocky Mc Grath €16,603;  Pauline Coonan €35,504 and Virginia O Dowd €21,376.

Clonmel Borough Council €78,240
Brian O’Donnell €27,738;  Dinny Dunne €24,165;  Gabrielle Egan €9,725;  Joe Leahy €8,306;  Teresa Ryan €8,306.

Templemore Town Council €64,725
Marcus Wilson €14,239;  Jim O Shea €12,083; Lily O’ Brien €13,868;  Martin Fogarty €4,151;  Maura Byrne €4,151;  Michael C Ryan €4,151;  Michael Connell €12,083.

Tipperary Town Council €49,801
Anna Tuohy Halligan €12,083;  Billy Bourke €13,868;  Brian Rafferty €4,151;  John Wallace €9,702;  John P Hartnett €1,680;  Mary Swords €8,317.

Cashel Town Council €44,790
Dan Dillon €12,083; Eddie Bennett €12,083;  Joe Moloney €16,475;  Maribel Wood €4,151.

Thurles Town Council €30,503
John Kenehan €13,868;  Michael Grogan €8,317;  Noel O’Dwyer €8,317.

Carrick Town Council €24,920
Patsy Fitzgerald €8,317;  Margaret Croke €4,151;  Martin Henzey €4,151; Pierce O Loughlin €4,151;  Richie O Neill €4,151.

Nenagh Town Council €20,628
Tom Mulqueen €13,868;  Jimmy Moran €4,151;  Tommy Morgan €2,610.

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Tipperary’s Irish Anzacs – Clonoulty Village Hall

"Pat" Armstrong

“Pat” Armstrong, Moyaliffe, Co. Tipperary

More than 340 men and one woman from here in Co. Tipperary enlisted in the Australian forces during the First World War. Of those who enlisted; 45 were killed or died as a result of their service.

An event to be hosted in Clonoulty village hall on Wednesday next (August 20th 2014 beginning 7.30pm sharp) by Mrs Kitty Barry (Vice-chairperson of County Tipperary Historical Society) and Chaired by Mr Richard O’Brien (Chairman of County Tipperary Historical Society), will now for the first time discuss Tipperary’s overall involvement in this ‘war to end all wars’.

Guest speakers at this Clonoulty, Co Tipperary event will include historians Professor Jeff  Kildea, Dr. Danny Cusack and Mr Tom Carroll.

Professor Jeff Kildea – Tipperary’s Contribution to the Australian War Effort

Prof. Jeff Kildea is a historian, lecturer and author with a PhD in history from the University of New South Wales. He is currently the Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin having previously taught Irish and Australian history to undergraduates at the University of New South Wales and at Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education.

Prof. Kildea is an Adjunct at the Global Irish Studies Centre at the University of New South Wales and has written books and articles and presented papers both in Australia and Ireland on early 20th-century Irish-Australian history. His books include “Tearing the Fabric”  (Sectarianism in Australia 1910-1925) (2002), “Anzacs and Ireland” (2007) and “Wartime Australians,” Billy Hughes (2008).  He is currently researching Irish Anzacs and a biography of Hugh Mahon, the Labour member for Kalgoorlie who in 1920 was expelled from the Commonwealth parliament for his criticism of British rule in Ireland.

For more than 30 years Prof. Kildea has practised as a barrister from 5 Wentworth Chambers and is now an Acting Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court. He is also the editor of Land & Environment Court Law & Practice NSW and a contributing author to “Planning & Development Service NSW,” published by Thomson Reuter.

On Wednesday night next Professor Kildea will for the first time here in Tipperary publicly examine Tipperary’s contribution to the Australian war effort and tell the stories of some of the little known Irish ANZACs from our county who fought and died in the War.

Dr. Danny Cusack – With the Anzacs at Gallipoli: Fr John Fahey

Dr. Danny Cusack is an independent historian currently residing at Kells, Co. Meath. A native of Perth, Western Australia, he has lived in Ireland for many years. He has completed a PhD and book on the Meath-born Western Australian politician Senator Paddy Lynch (1867-1944) and written and lectured on various aspects of the history of Meath (where he has family connections) and on Irish-Australia.
His talk entitled “With the Anzacs at Gallipoli: Fr John Fahey (1883-1959),” Dr. Cusack will discuss the Rossmore born priest who served most of his life in Western Australia. As an Australian army chaplain he took part in the famous Gallipoli landing of April 25 1915.

Mr Tom Carroll – Personal Accounts from Gallipoli

Mr Tom Carroll is a native of Clonoulty and a retired company director. His expertise was in regional and local economic development. His particular interest is local history and to understand how it was affected by change at national and international level i.e. political, economic, social and technological change. In regard to local history his focus has been on his native county, Tipperary, his mother’s county (Laois), his wife’s county (Kilkenny), and Limerick where he resided for some 46 years.
He will give those in attendance information on his uncle: Lce. Cpl. Martin Carroll, 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers: killed in Gallipoli 28th June 1915.
Also on his uncle-in-law from Conahy / Three Castles, Co. Kilkenny: Private William Keeffe, 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, killed in Gallipoli 25th April 1915. Tom has William’s diary completed to the day prior to his death, extracts from which provide insights into the life of an ordinary soldier.

WWI Memorabilia – St Mary’s War Museum

St Mary’s War Museum will display rare World War I memorabilia, some relating to Gallipoli, at this major Clonoulty historic gathering.
Note: Discussion & Refreshments afterwards.

Further Information: Please address all queries to: catherinebarry@eircom.net

Admission to this event costs just €5.00, with all proceeds going to the Tipperary Libraries Digitisation Project.

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