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Tipperary Courts Cancelled Due To Judge Shortage

Nenagh Courthouse

The Chief District Court Clerk at Nenagh District Court office, Mr Martin Hanton, has given notice that some local court sittings are being cancelled in the towns of Roscrea, Nenagh and Thurles “due to the shortage of Judges“.

Judge Mary Martin, the current sitting Judge in this area, has been on leave for a number of months and her absence has forced the Courts Service to cancel some future sittings, as outlined hereunder:-

Cancelled: The Roscrea Court sitting scheduled for November 3rd.   Cases listed have now been adjourned to December 12th next. The sitting on November 9th is being added to the list for the sitting in Roscrea Town on December 14th next.
Cancelled: The Nenagh Court on November 4th has now been listed for the sitting in that town on November 25th next.
Cancelled: The Thurles Court on November 11th has been adjourned to the sitting in the town on November 22nd next.

Persons held in custody and due to appear at the Roscrea sitting on November 3rd and 9th, and Nenagh on November 4th, will now be brought before the Templemore Court, sitting on November 10th next.

Others in custody, due to appear at the Thurles Court sitting on November 11th, will now be brought before Nenagh Court on November 17th next.


You Are Invited To Thurles Musical Societies Birthday Party

Jonathan Gleeson as Bill Snibson & Michelle O'Connell as Sally Smith in the 2011 production of 'Me and My Girl.' staged by Thurles Musical Society

Thurles Musical Society will launch it’s history book ‘Stage to Page – A History of Thurles Musical Society,‘ on Sunday October 30th in the Anner Hotel, as part of this great Societies 60th anniversary celebrations.

An open invitation is being extended to everyone to attend this Gala Event, which will feature entertainment from current Society members, to reflect the type of shows undertaken down through six decades, with plenty of chat, music, song and dance to follow later.

The book – a 330 page full colour publication – has been written and edited by the Society’s PRO, Noel Dundon and contains one thousand photos taken throughout the six decades of musical theatre in this the Cathedral Town.

This excellent publication charts the Society’s growth from its inception, through the formative years, to the modern day where an energetic, enthusiastic and musical loving company continue to carry the flame first lit by our late founding father, Rev Canon William Noonan.

The book delves into the reasons behind the establishment of the Society; those responsible for it’s formation; and all those who have continued to pursue musical theatre excellence, during the decades since.

There are sections on the impact of the Association of Irish Musical Society on TMS and vice versa. There are comprehensive pen pictures on all our Honorary Life members – living and dead, and there are also chapters on the people behind the major and most popular musicals, staged down through the decades.

Each show, undertaken by the Society, is detailed in this wonderful publication, with everyone who ever set foot on stage, helped out backstage, or worked in any way for the Society, included, in so far as is possible. The ‘Minute Books,’ have been trawled through; the newspaper archives raided; and many closets and attics in Thurles emptied in a bid to dig up photographs. The result is a resounding success with many photographs contained in the book, never seen before in any public forum.

The evening kicks off at 8:00pm with a cheese and wine reception to be followed by the Society’s chorus taking on a number of popular arias, book launch by the President of the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) Mary Heaney, and great fun thereafter.
There is no entry fee for this Bank Holiday Sunday evening of rich entertainment and an open invitation is being extended to all to come along.

The book, which is truly value for money – the perfect coffee table or waiting room read – the perfect Christmas present for friends abroad, will be available in local shops and on the night, retailing at just €20 (Hardback) and €15 (Paperback).

Happy sixtieth birthday Thurles Musical Society and thank you for all those years of wonderful entertainment and music.

Photo courtesy of G.Willoughby.


Milk Supplies Slow Following Over Quota Warning

€30m Milk Super Levy Bill Warning

With a €30m Super Levy Bill looming, 5% of suppliers have already filled their quotas.

October milk supplies have crashed by 10% to 15% compared with the same week in 2010 as farmers begin reacting to over quota warnings.

The Irish Farmers Journal reports that some co-ops have seen volumes drop in October, by up to 18% per week, as farmers switch to once-a-day milking and dry off cows, having already filled their available quotas.

Latest figures from the Department of Agriculture show that the country was 2.41% over quota at the end of September.

This is a marginal improvement on the end of August position of 2.82% over and 3.76% over at the end of July. However, the country was 4.08% under quota at the end of September 2010, but still came in just 0.4% under quota at the end of the 2010/2011 milk quota year.

If the country finishes the year at the current level of over-supply, the potential Super Levy fine could exceed €30m.

Co-Op’s at Arrabawn, Centenary Thurles, Dairygold, Drinagh, Lisavaird, Tipperary and Wexford are all reporting October supplies down by between 10% and 15% week on week compared with last year, with Glanbia experiencing a slower decline in supplies, with their volumes down 8%.


Volunteer Management Training Offered

The Source

Executive Librarian Miss Ann Marie Brophy at Thurles Library, The Source, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, informs us that the Europe Direct Information Centre (based in Thurles Library), in conjunction with South Tipperary Volunteer Centre, is offering a free Volunteer Management Training course to community based and not for profit organisations here in North Tipperary.

This year is the European Year of Volunteering and to cap a successful run of events, Europe Direct Thurles is now pleased to run this important training session in North Tipperary.

This course is divided into 4 modules and delivered over 2 sessions. These sessions will take place in Thurles Library on Tuesday 22nd and Tuesday 29th November, from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Light refreshments at both events will be provided.

On completion of the training participants will be armed with a toolkit of systems, policies and procedures to address current and potential future issues regarding the engagement and management of volunteers in the organisation.

Module 1: Planning for Volunteer Involvement & Developing Volunteer Role Descriptions

Module 2: Volunteer Recruitment, Selection & Induction

Module 3:Volunteer Support & Supervision

Module 4: Designing & Implementing a Volunteer Policy.

Please Note: If you or your organisation would like to book a place on this course, please contact Ann Marie Brophy or Lorraine Treacy at Europe Direct Thurles Library on: Phone: 0504 29720 or Email: eudirect@tipperarylibraries.ie

Photo courtesy G. Willoughby.


Thomas Cooke Appointed To Teagasc Board

Mr Thomas Cooke

Mr Thomas Cooke, a Tipperary Dairy and Beef farmer has been appointed to the board of Teagasc by the Minister for Agriculture, Mr Simon Coveney TD.

Mr Cooke is based in Renaghmore, Grange Barna, Thurles, Co Tipperary, and is also a member of the National Council of ICMSA and a former chairman of the ICMSA’s dairy and rural development committees.

Currently Mr Cooke is Chairman and founding member of the Irish Wind Farmers’ Cooperative Society (Meitheal na Gaoithe). Active in many other community organisations, he is Chairperson of Barrow Nore Suir Rural Development Ltd.  Thomas is also the ICMSA spokesman on renewable energy and represents the independent wind energy development sector on the government sponsored “Renewable Energy Development Group,” which is a national body with advisory functions to government on the renewable industry generally.

Thomas also owns the company Biogas Environmental Tipperary East Ltd – B.E.T.E. and he is currently in the process of developing a biogas plant on his farm.

Mr Cooke will replace outgoing Mr Joe Fitzgerald on the board.