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50 Euro Dud Notes -Warning

Counterfeit €50 Note.

Businesses in Thurles are being warned to look out for counterfeit money especially €50 notes which are currently in circulation.
Thurles has been the main target for the €50 notes, but Nenagh and Cashel has also been targeted.

Gardaí state that the counterfeit money is not of good quality, but can pass easily in low light conditions such as nightclubs and pubs.

It is understood that the serial numbers on the notes start with the letter V and when held up to the light, the strip is not as pronounced as would be in the genuine note.

Businesses are requested to use scanners on all notes and to be extremely vigilant.

Customers who recieve €50  notes in change from purchases made are also requested to check carefully.

Future Garda Force - Full Powers After 34 Weeks

New training reforms were outlined at a reservists’ passing-out ceremony in the Garda College on Friday last, at Templemore , Co.Tipperary.

New recruits will be given full policing powers, which will include the power of arrest, after just 34 weeks of training.  Presently the current period, before such powers were conferred, was 58 weeks.

New applicants planning to join An Garda Síochána will only be successful if they have a driver’s licence, have first aid training and can swim.

Gardaí will also be offered a range of continuous learning options throughout their careers. Civilians, presently 2,700, working for the Garda force of 14,700 officers, will also be offered enhanced training along side their Gardaí counterparts.

This new training regime has been identified by the Garda Training and Development Review Group established by Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy and chaired by former HSE member, Pat McLoughlin.

Gleeson Group - €26m Free For New Acquisitions

The Gleeson Group , Borrisoleigh, Co.Tipperary, has agreed a €26m refinancing deal with its banks with a view to spending up to €25m on new acquisitions which may come about because of the economic downturn.

Tipperary Spring Water

Owned by the Cooney family since the 1970s, the Gleeson Group was initially a Guinness bottler but now distributes everything from soft drinks to beers and ciders.
Gleeson Group is Ireland’s leading supplier and distributor of beverage products in Ireland.

With 11 fully owned distribution hubs, the company have full national coverage and can deliver to every shop, restaurant, catering company, distributor, supermarket, public house, forecourt and hotel in Ireland, both North and South.

Established by the Gleeson family in the late 1960’s in Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary, Gleeson was a manufacturer of soft drinks and a bottler of the Guinness stout brand.

The soft drinks giant, best known, nation-wide, for its product ‘Tipperary Water’ operates a drinks and distribution business and currently enjoys a turnover of almost €250m.

In February M & J Gleeson (Investments) secured a new €26m facility from AIB, Barclays and Bank of Scotland (Ireland), which included the refinancing of a €12m loan originally taken out in 2007.

The Company has already bought out an Offaly distributor in recent weeks and seems confident that there will be further opportunities over the coming year.

Public demand soared for its Tipperary Water product, amid shortages of tap water brought about by recent flooding and frozen arctic conditions.

The Company currently employs a team of approximately 686 employees and despite some trading difficulties due to the economic downturn, declared no redundancies in 2009.  This was partly due to good forward planning and timely action on product cost, which included a pay freeze accepted right across the total workforce.

O'Dwyer Steel Tipperary Diversifying

Presently demand for agricultural sheds and other farm buildings are in poor demand in rural Ireland these days, but this has not dampened the efforts of agricultural shed manufacturers O’Dwyer Steel, one of Ireland’s leading structural steel engineering businesses, situated in Dundrum village in County Tipperary.

The company have just completed the construction of a large animal compound, including swimming pool, animal accommodation and lifting equipment, for Dublin’s zoo elephant population.

As part of its new diversification program the company is also currently building a new farm in the heart of  ‘the big smoke’, also at Dublin city zoo in Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.

This project will involve the construction of a miniature farmyard, to give Dublin urban-ites a true taste of  farm life as experienced in everyday rural Ireland.

Milk just doesn’t appear in wax containers as some urban dwellers believe.

Thurles Supporting Fairtrade Fortnight 2010

Thurles was awarded Fairtrade Town status in December 2005 following an eighteen month campaign supported by many local volunteers. The present nine member steering group, which is chaired by the current Mayor of Thurles, Mrs Evelyn Nevin, are asking all Thurles residents and visitors alike to fully support Fairtrade Fortnight 2010.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 will run from 22nd February – 7th March.

They’ll be asking you to swap your usual stuff for Fairtrade stuff; e.g. your usual tea, coffee, chocolate or bananas for Fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate or bananas. Each swap will be proof that we as a nation want developing world producers to get a better and fairer deal.

How you can get involved

There’s lots of ways for you to make your mark on Fairtrade Fortnight 2010.

Big, small and medium sized – every single action counts. You could swap your sugar to Fairtrade, mix up a Fairtrade cocktail for friends, arrange a flask mob or get your entire town to swap to Fairtrade.


Each swap that you make helps raise the issues that affect farmers, workers and farming communities. It proves to companies and governments alike that Ireland wants a fairer trading system. Hold Big Swap events in your local schools, church, library, club, workplace…etc to raise awareness of Fairtrade.

Why not host a swap your breakfast, break, lunch or supper. You could also get your workplace, school or college to permanently swap to a Fairtrade cuppa, also don’t forget the option to swap to Fairtrade sugar and snacks.

How about a Pamper Swap! you can swap your body lotions and cocoa butter products for Fairtrade ones. You could also host a cotton swapping event, swap your t-shirts, undies, socks, shopping bags to Fairtrade ones.

Go on, you know it makes sense – just do it and let us know what you are up to here on or mail Una Johnston at email address for more advice.

We here at will help you to promote your event.