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Martin Sheen Comes Home To Tipperary For Stella Days

Martin Sheen

Now aged in his seventies, Ramón Antonio Gerard Estévez, better known by his stage name Martin Sheen returns to his Irish ancestral county of Tipperary, as cameras are set to roll on the set of Newgrange Pictures’ new feature film ‘Stella Days’ on Sunday, November 7th.
Tipperary will play host to this Golden Globe winner from ‘The West Wing’, ‘Apocalypse Now’ and also Oscar nominee Stephen Rea of ‘The Crying Game’ and ‘Ondine’ fame, both of whom will lead the film’s impressive cast.

Martin Sheen was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Mary Ann Phelan, 1903–1951 and Francisco Estévez 1898–1974, who were a factory worker and machinery inspector respectively at the National Cash Register Company at the time. Both parents were immigrants; his mother was born in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland and his father in Parderrubias, Galicia, Spain.

Written by Antoine O’Flathartha and directed by IFTA winning Irish director Thaddeus O’Sullivan of ‘Into the Storm’ and ‘December Bride’, fame, the Newgrange Pictures production will see Martin Sheen play parish priest, Daniel Barry, whose love for the cinema leads him on a path to help set up a local cinema in the town. But Daniel comes up against opposition from doubtful local parishioners who question his faith and a Bishop who is more interested in raising funds for a new church.

Stella Days‘ is scheduled to shoot for about five weeks under the photographic direction of John Christian Rosenlund and will be edited in a Dublin post house following its shoot. The drama is being produced by Jackie Larkin and Maggie Pope and funds of €600,000 have been awarded by the Irish Film Board towards the making of the film.

So let’s show Martin and company a true Tipperary homecoming welcome.

X Factor’s Mary Byrne Ireland’s Answer To Shirley Bassey

Music promoter Louis Walsh has claimed an Irish contestant could win ‘The X Factor’ reality show this year. Indeed the most talented star of the show on Saturday’s programme was, without question, fifty year old Tesco worker Mary Byrne. Byrne who had wowed Simon Cowell and company at her try out in Dublin’s new Conference Centre last June by singing Welsh born Dame Shirley Bassey‘s classic ‘I Who Have Nothing ‘, convinced the world she had indeed everything, the confidence, the talent and most of all the ability to really entertain an audience.

Of course avarice again raises its ugly head with producers of the X Factor being criticised for giving too much prominence to Tesco, which has employed Mary Byrne at their Ballyfermot store for the past 11 years. She remains a Tesco employee but is currently on leave while the show is being broadcast.

According to the Daily Mail newspaper, rival retailers have raised concerns over the number of references given to Tesco during segments featuring the talented singer.

Tesco have admitted sending emails to 300,000 staff reminding them of Byrne’s appearances on the show. The row comes after Tesco this year secured an exclusive deal to sell the new X Factor magazine at 2,400 UK stores.

The Tesco till operator has  impressed her audience enough for bookmaker Paddy Power to make her their 6/1 favourite to win and staff here at Tesco in Thurles admit to all being very excited and fully behind her.

Our advice to all those rival retailers “Concentrate on your own businesses and get a life,” and to Mary demonstrate to all the true meaning of “Talented Celebrity”, God knows we have enough of the other sort currently parading themselves on our television screens presently.
Looks like Tesco will be short one till operator for same time.

Bankruptcy and Liquidation Auction Of Island Property

A large fire sale of an island and it’s contents, the former which is the third largest in Europe and the twentieth largest in the world, is expected to take place shortly as part of a Bankruptcy and Liquidation auction here in Co Tipperary.

This valuable but presently bankrupt property lies to the northwest of continental Europe and is surrounded by many little islands and costal inlets.

Valuable Island Property Auction

To the east of the island lies the mainland, separated from the island by a sea formally known as U-boat Alley. Latter holds great economic importance to regional trade, through shipping and transport, fishing and power generation, in the form of wind power and nuclear plants. Annual traffic between this island and the mainland amounts to over 12 million passengers and 17 million tonnes of traded goods.

Ports in the island use to handle 3,600,000 travellers crossing the sea each year, amounting to 92% of all sea travel. This has been steadily dropping for a number of years, 20% indeed since 1999, probably as a result of low cost airlines.

The island has lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable oceanic climate, which avoids extremes in temperature. Thick woodlands covered this island until the 17th century. Today, regrettably it is the most deforested area of Europe. There are twenty six extant mammal species native to this island paradise.

Relatively low lying mountains surround a central plain which epitomise the islands geography with several navigable river and now neglected canals, extending inland.

Despite its mild climate, this island suffers from a shortage of water after any seven days of continued sunshine, which to be fair, latter is a rare occurrence on the island, but water is available in small plastic bottles, mainly imported from other countries and sold at 50% more than the cost of basic motor fuels.

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A Tipperary Bank Is Declared Bankrupt

Before you all start to panic unduly, this is a true story from history and has no bearing whatsoever on our present banking difficulties.

Many readers, however, will identify similarities to the current prevailing individual greed recently exposed with regard to our present bankers, politicians and so called developers.

Until recent times at least, John Sadlier was the best known of all Irish fraudsters who came to prominence during the Victorian era.

John was born in 1813 near Shrone Hill, Co. Tipperary, of wealthy parents. Raised a Catholic he was educated at Clongowes Wood College, latter founded in 1814 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).  His professional career began when he succeeded his uncle to a very prosperous solicitor’s practice in Dublin.

The once Sadliers Bank, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

In Tipperary there was no banking system which served the savings of small farmers, clerks and local shopkeepers, so he ventured a joint stock bank in 1838, known as Sadlier’s Bank. This new occupation as a banker was in his blood. His grandfather James Scully had established a bank in Tipperary town in 1803. This new bank was founded, with James Scully his uncle taking on the position of Chairman.

This new business set about targeting small farmers, tradesmen and clerks, and offered above average interest rates on deposits. The bank appeared to prosper and by 1845 there were numerous branches in operation, extending north from Tipperary, into Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, Athy, Co Kildare and into Co.Carlow. In Tipperary branches were established in Clonmel, Carrick, Tipperary Town, Thurles, Nenagh, Roscrea and even in the small remote village of Glengoole, near Thurles.

The Sadlier’s Bank premise in Thurles was then situated to the left of the old Constabulary Barracks, latter in use up to 1903, in Liberty Square, Thurles. ( See framed section in photograph.) It was behind the then Singer Sewing Machine shop, now Quigley’s Bakery, in a large three story house, which later became the ‘Thurles Poor School ‘. Both the Barracks and Bank house sites stood on the spot presently replaced in more recent years by the Ursuline Convent Primary school.

Among the early shareholders in this venture were James Sadlier of Shronell, Rev Thomas O’Mahony of Templebraden, Richard Scully of Tipperary, James Scully of Athassel, Pat Cleary Cahirvillahowe, James Sadlier Clonacody, Robert Keating Garrinlea and John Ryan Scarteen.

John Sadlier’s only visible vice’s were that he kept company with landed gentry, owned a stable at Watford from whence he hunted with the Gunnersbury hounds and to be consumed by attaining celebrity status and positions of power.

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Can’t Pay Your Income Tax, What Should You Do

The tax deadline set for “Pay and File” by October 31st by the Revenue Commissioners is fast approaching, so like it or not, in order to avoid possible interest surcharges and prosecution, it is time to put your house in order.

Self-assessed individuals have three tasks to complete by this date:

1. File 2009 income tax return.

2. Pay any balance of income tax due for previous year (2009).

3. Pay preliminary income tax for current year 2010.

If you find you can’t pay your tax bill, and there are many who will find themselves in this category, the most important thing is do not ignore demands.

If there’s a mistake due to faulty calculation, you can get this quickly checked and corrected, but if you can’t pay the bill straight away, due to your business having deteriorated over last year, in most circumstances you may be able to come to an arrangement with the Revenue Commissioners.

Always pay any outstanding balance for income tax due for the previous year, as a priority, since once the current pay and file date passes, any unpaid income tax, for any previous year, becomes a debt for collection by the Revenue’s collection system. If you cannot clear this previous year’s debt in full, then contact the Collector General’s office to see if you can pay using an instalment arrangement. The Revenue can and will move quickly to collect any outstanding debt, so it is important to clear all outstanding balances as far as is fiscally possible.
Keep in mind however that agreed instalment arrangement’s are by no means a soft option for the self assessed individual and businesses are charged for late payment at 8% per annum.

In previous years businesses have used overdraft facilities to pay their preliminary tax, now with the state of bank credit, in most cases this is no longer an option. If you cannot pay your  preliminary tax for the current year in full and by the required deadline you should pay as much as you can and as soon as you can.

Remember that your preliminary tax payment can be the lesser of 90 per cent of your 2010 tax liability, 100 per cent of the previous years liability, or 105 per cent of your 2008 liability where you pay by direct debit.

If your business circumstances have deteriorated significantly since the beginning of 2010, you may consider basing your preliminary tax payment on 2010 calculations thus clearing your debt quickly and minimising your exposure to any interest charges.

Regardless of your fiscal ability do file your tax return. Revenue’s computer systems can quickly identify when someone obliged to file returns has failed to comply and a surcharge of up to 10 per cent will be charged on these late returns.

Failure to file any tax returns ultimately results in publicised and often embarrassing open prosecution.