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William Ronan Tipperary First Prize At US Biomedical Conference

Winning Tipperary PhD researcher William Ronan

William Ronan, a Cloneen, Co Tipperary native and PhD student in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway, has won first prize in the PhD Student Paper Competition at the American Society of Mechanical Engineering Biomedical Engineering Conference, a leading US conference in the field of Biomedical Engineering and Bio-mechanics.

Currently in his third year of PhD research at NUI Galway while under the supervision of Dr Patrick McGarry, Mr Ronan has developed advanced computational models, that predict the active response of biological cells to different mechanical environments.

Mr Ronan’s prize winning paper entitled ‘Simulation of Stress Fiber Remodeling and Mixed-mode Focal Adhesion Assembly During Cell Spreading on Elastic Substrates,’ is indeed a testament to the exceptional talent being nurtured in Irish Universities presently.

Mr Ronan is funded by an Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) scholarship and his research is also supported by Science Foundation Ireland Research Frontiers Programme (SFI-RFP) and the Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC).

We wish Mr Ronan every success for the future.

It should be noted that this is the second major International Award won by a member of Dr Patrick McGarry’s research group in 2011, with his PhD student Emer Feerick also winning first prize at the Annual Symposium on Computational Orthopaedic Bio-mechanics in the US last January.


Tipperary Woman Dies In Single Car Collision

A 24 year-old female driver has been killed in a road accident near Garranacool, Ballingarry South, Thurles, Co Tipperary, over last night. The driver has, as yet, not been named.

In what appears to have been a single vehicle accident, the young woman lost her life after her car, a red Toyota Starlet, left the road and overturned.

The road is currently closed pending the completion of an examination and Thurles gardaí investigating the accident believe the incident occurred sometime between midnight and the early hours of this morning. Local diversions are now in place.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for help from any persons who may have travelled in that area, either over night or early this morning, and who may have witnessed the movements of the red Toyota Starlet.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Thurles garda station, Tel: 0504 25100, or the the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1-800-666-111, or any Garda station.


Buzzard Chicks Poisoned Near Roscrea

Sinister element of Irish rural culture revealed.

The illegal poisoning of wildlife is still a very sinister element of our rural culture, which I regret, shows no sign of disappearing in this country.

My remark is borne out by the deliberate killing of two Buzzard chicks discovered by BirdWatch Ireland volunteers, near Roscrea in Co. Tipperary earlier this month. The bodies of the birds were found close to three poisoned, hand reared and tethered pigeons, used as bait to attract the birds to their untimely death.

BirdWatch Ireland state that this incident was particularly abhorrent, particularly since Buzzards are a farmers friend, only eating rabbits, crows, magpies, fresh road kill, rats and mice and are no threat to farm animals. Buzzards will however, like other meat eating creatures, feast on a larger animal carcase, which it finds already dead.

The Buzzards’ nest near Roscrea was being monitored by two volunteers from BirdWatch Ireland’s Raptor Conservation Project since early spring and the live pigeon bait was found tethered to the ground heavily coated with the banned poisonous insecticide Black Carbofuran. The pigeons had their wings clipped to prevent any chance of escape. A day after the dead buzzards were found another live, poison coated pigeon was discovered tethered close the same area.

The Buzzard species is protected by law and is indigenous to Ireland.  The species were absent in Ireland from the late 19th century until 1933, when a pair of birds bred in Co Antrim. The species has spread slowly down from the north and are now established in almost every county in Ireland.
An investigation has now been launched and anyone with information is asked to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Tel: 057 91 37811 or Birr Garda station Tel: 057 91 69710.

Note: This crime is especially irresponsible, as had a local child discovered these stricken pigeons and tried to help them, they could very easily have suffered a similar fate to the unfortunate Buzzards.


Thurles Residents Rightly Demand Respect

Thurles: 6.00am following a Nenagh Debutants Ball earlier this week.

In a letter to the Tipperary Star newspaper this week, local Thurles resident, Mary MacMahon, confirms what this website highlighted on March 2nd and  August 3rd last, condemning the lack of respect for Thurles town, it’s business people and it’s residents.

Mary’s photograph, showed toilet rolls strewn around the car park area, further highlighting this serious and recurring latest problem.

People shouting and screaming, urinating in doorways, the endless blasting of car horns, motorists racing up and down the streets or performing hand brake turns in Lidl car-park, the endless rubbish dumped from fast food outlets together with broken glasses and bottles dumped onto our streets or into private gardens, all now contributing to a new phenomenon and an observable fact, to those who love our town.

Name And Shame

(Please click on all images for larger pictures.)

Our picture above, show the state of Thurles streets following a recent visit by outside students from Nenagh celebrating their Leaving Cert results. It seems that in the course of their 11 years of publicly funded education, no one explained that Third Level Grant aid is not provided personally by County Councillors and Government Ministers, as they would have us believe, but by taxpaying business people, whom they grievously offended this week, by interfering with their personal property.

Supermac’s in Liberty Square, through their nightly trading, indirectly add much to Thurles town’s litter problems on our main street. Indeed early morning walkers inform us that the footpath outside this food retail outlet, resembles sticky ‘flypaper,’ with ignored, discarded chips, and chicken nuggets, trodden into and carpeting the sidewalk.

Tesco's Emmett Street entrance every night.

We also have reports that Tesco are following the old medieval tradition of emptying their dirty cleaning water, each evening, unto Emmett Street, at the rear of their Liberty Square premises, thus further enhancing their already graffiti ridden exterior walls and their publicaly displayed cardboard recycling station. This germ filled water then enters directly into the river Suir or is distributed around the town on the wheels of motorised vehicles, thus confirming Tesco’s stated watch words, “Everything you will find in the supermarket and much more.” (Possibly should have said nothing as they will now probably dump this germ filled liquid, directly into the river.)

Question: Where are the C.C. TV cameras, to which we all contributed through local Thurles Chamber fundraising events over the last number of years, and which have also been promised annually year after year by Thurles Town Council ?

True for my wise old grandmother, “Sure idle hands eventually become the Devil’s workshop.”  If you want to judge the cleanliness of an establishment, said she, check their toilet facilities. “If their public toilet is filthy, can you just imagine what their private kitchen must look like.

We have needed changes to our law for a long time now, so is it not time for Minister Alan Joseph Shatter to introduce Community Service, under the supervision of Probation Officers and also to introduce a law making parents responsible for young offenders actions? Remember just one prisoner in our jails currently costs Irish taxpayer, on average, €70,000 each per year. Spending cuts to be made here Minister, and like you state on your website, we also “Look Forward With Hope.”

Readers why not give us your views by commenting hereunder? We would love to hear from you.


Tipperary Representative For International Rose Of Tralee

A beautiful Rose represents the Premier County.

She was born in Clonoulty, Thurles, Co Tipperary and began her early education at Ballagh N.S, Clonoulty. She received her secondary education at the Ursuline Convent Secondary School, Thurles, Co Tipperary, achieving maximum honours in her Leaving Certificate examination results.

During this period, in 2002, she also received a Bronze An Gaisce Presidents award and successfully completed eighth grade piano tuition with the Royal Irish Music Academy.

She has represented her county in Camogie at all under ages levels and Junior level, and in 2010, went on to Captain the Junior A County Tipperary Camogie Team, latter champions that same year.

She also holds various Munster School Hockey medals, an Honorary School Sports Award for her contribution to sport and has represented Munster Hockey at U16 level. She also represent the Tipperary Intermediate Camogie Team for 2011.

In 2005, she began her third level education at the National University of Ireland, Galway, attaining a BSc. (HON) in Occupational Therapy. Since then she has practised and studied at St. John’s Hospital, Co Sligo, at University Hospital, Co. Galway, Tullamore Hospital, Co. Offaly and at Community Paediatrics, Letterkenny, Co.Donegal.

She is widely travelled and admits to enjoying the cultures of other countries. She is also an accomplished horse woman and extremely knowledgeable in most aspects of horsemanship.

Her other endless achievements include, winner of the solo singing competition at the County Tipperary and Munster Scór Sinsear in 2010. She has been selected to represent Tipperary in the Macra na Feirme Queen of the Land festival. She has been an organising member of the successful Clonoulty / Rossmore International Miss Macra committee for many years. She currently holds a full driving licence and enjoys cinema and reading.

OK your time is up. So who am I talking about?  One last clue – She was instantly selected this year, to represent Tipperary in the 2011 International Rose of Tralee festival.

Yes you have guessed correctly, the lady with that rare combination of beauty and brains of whom I speak, is the very lovely Noirin Ryan. (Yes Noirin, Thurles Information knows more about you than you think.)

Norin has been out and about this week promoting the International Rose of Tralee Festival, (Lead Sponsor is Newbridge Silverware.) beginning with a massive ‘Tipperary Rose Send Off,’ party at Kennedy’s Bar, Gooldscross, Clonoulty last Friday, where she insisted we must all travel to Kerry.

The 2011 Rose of Tralee International Festival will take place from Friday 19th to Tuesday 23rd August, with many of Noirin’s supporters will be travelling down for the event. Dáithí Ó Sé will once again host the Rose selection nights on RTÉ 1 TV, and all Tipperary eyes will be watching with great pride and fingers crossed.

If you are reading this, note Tipperary are fully behind you Noirin and from the people of Thurles and Co.Tipperary, go our every good wish for your success and enjoyment of this years event.

(Warning: Noirin between you and me, watch that Ó Sé fellow. During an interview with the RTÉ Guide, our Dáithí described his ideal woman as “someone that’s very easy going, who’s good fun, makes me laugh, is kind and loyal.” I think you fit his criteria, but don’t tell him I warned you.)

Watch our lovely Noirin’s progress on Rose TV by Clicking Here

Photo: Courtesy George Willoughby .