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Global Warming First Realised In Ballynonty, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Ballynonty

Scientists were first awakened to the theory of ‘Global Warming’ for the first time here in Ireland, following the destruction of Ballynonty Bridge, near Thurles, in August of 2008.

Well that is, with ‘Tongue in Cheek’  I might add, according to local Ballynonty poet and historian Gerry Cullen; latter who regularly records such significant district occurrences in rhyme.

In fact if you are looking for someone to write a poem about any topic, be it related to matters humorous or material required of a more serious nature, then look no further than this Ballynonty resident lyricist; Tipperary’s answer to the late great Lancashire born poet Robert Service, (1874 – 1958).

(Pictured left Gerry’s serious poetic reflection on Tipperary road traffic accidents, first published and cut in stone at the wonderful Ballynonty Garden of Remembrance back in 2012.)

Anyway back to the topic of Global Warming; hereunder recorded for future generations, the demise of the bridge in Ballynonty, with a veiled environmental warning to each and every resident of this our planet.

 Global Warming
(From the pencil of Gerry Cullen.)

The weather is gone wallop and the seasons out of whack,
We’re heading for disaster and down a one way track,
We’ll have to face the music or wise up and be smart,
Or the bridge in Ballynonty will only be the start.

Twas like a big tsunami or the floods in New Orleans,
Or back when Noah built the ark to save the human beings,
But nothing ever read or seen has caused the jaw to drop,
Like the bridge in Ballynonty near Alice Perry’s shop.

The clouds grew dark; the deluge came; the rain was strong and fast,
The stream became a torrent and the bridge just couldn’t last.
The flood flowed down Slieveardagh’s slopes and the dark night turned to day,
And then at dawn, in turmoil, the battered road gave way.

For weeks we’ve taken detours and the moods have struck us all,
And we suffer from depression tryin’ to get to Killenaule,
The “Powers that Be” are out in force; no opening day as yet,
(A week, a month, a year or two, I wouldn’t hold my breath.)

And years into the future the people will recall,
How the curse of “Global Warming” damn nearly took us all.
Don’t prod and poke at nature; we have to stop and think,
For living life the way we do, has brought us to the brink.

Sure you never know Gerry might share some more of his poetry with us into the future. There is, I hasten to add, talks of a limited edition book of poetry shortly to be published, which is eagerly awaited by the many lovers of his localised thought-provoking verse.

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Hayes Hotel Goes Under The Hammer

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Hayes Hotel, situated in Liberty Square here in Thurles and the birthplace of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), is finally set to go under the hammer at the next Allsops Space auction; to be held on September 16th 2014.

The Allsop Space Catalogue (Lot No 82) lists the sale as follows:-
Hayes Hotel is an historic 30 bedroom hotel comprising a reception, Cusack’s Bar, lounge bar, coffee dock, two nightclubs, together with 30 bedrooms extends to approximately 1,949.9 sq. m (19,901 sq. ft) in a town centre location and holding a 7 day publican’s licence

The premises are situated on a site extending to approximately 0.44 hectares (1.08 acres). The property is arranged over ground with two upper floors to provide a hotel. The adjoining building comprises a former shop and seven bedrooms.

The property has not been internally inspected or measured by Allsop Space and viewing times, as  this article goes to print have not as yet been confirmed. The premises are being offered with vacant possession and with a guideline of just €450,000 – €500,000.

I don’t know about you, our regular readers, but it would appear rather peculiar to me, that as Failte Ireland, using taxpayers funding, set about spending some €20m to design a new logo for Dublin city, (Thus making it a more attractive city for women tourists no less), that a building bearing such important national historic importance is being completely cast aside, without a threatened revolt by lovers of our national games. (Michael Cusack and Maurice Davin must be turning in their graves.)

Still I suppose someone will eventually purchase this piece of our nation’s history and could then move its front facade to Dublin’s National Museum, in keeping with every other historical artefact stolen from Co. Tipperary and held in our nation’s capital city in recent years.

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Scammers Target Third Level Student Accommodation

To-rentFuture Tipperary third level students seeking accommodation are being warned by the Union of Students in Ireland to be on the look-out for scammers and to be vigilant when searching for all future rented lodgings.

The Union of Students confirm that fraudsters have been using bogus adverts in the marketing of properties, while seeking payment on-line for accommodation which either does not exist or is not truly available to rent.

Mr Greg O’Donoghue, latter Vice President of Welfare for USI, is advising students to do their research fully and to ring landlords in advance seeking to view all accommodation being offered for rent.

As the jostle to obtain suitable accommodation is currently in full swing, a small number of students to date have been duped into handing over deposits for apartments that do not in fact exist, e.g. an apartment for rent on Dublin’s Fade Street for €500 per month, including utilities.

Students encountering such experiences are being advised to immediately contact the Gardaí.

The Union of Students are also appealing to families in urban areas to consider renting out their spare rooms in an effort to alleviate the severe current shortage of suitable student accommodation.

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413ft Wind Farm Project For Upperchurch, Thurles, Co.Tipperary

UpperchurchAn Bord Pleanála has again granted permission for a massive €80 million x 22 turbine wind farm to be constructed in the wild scenic hills close to the Co Tipperary village of Upperchurch. Same has been granted, in spite of widespread local opposition and will be located 2km from Upperchurch village and 18km west of Thurles town.

The promoters of the venture, Ecopower Developments Ltd, claim the output from the 413ft wind farm will be sufficient to power 23,000 homes or the equivalent of the domestic electricity requirement of north Tipperary, while creating 277 temporary jobs during its construction phase.

The 413ft high wind farm project, latter 15ft taller than Dublin’s Spire (The Stiletto in the Ghetto), is expected to create just eight permanent jobs when fully operational.

The wind farm’s construction will lead to €20 million being spent on civil and electrical contracts in Ireland; substantial annual rent payments to some 37 landowners in the surrounding area while also contributing to an annual community benefit payment.

This An Bord Pleanála permission follows similar recent acquiescence for another large wind farm on the slopes of Keeper Hill in the Silvermines mountains in north Tipperary, where ESB Wind Development and Coillte secured further planning against the judgement of its own inspectorate just last month for a similar 475ft x 16 turbine wind farm.

This new proposed Upperchurch plan was opposed by the Upperchurch / Kilcommon Wind Awareness Group, An Taisce and a number of local residents who lodged in total twelve individual appeals against the proposed plan. The group argued that the proposed wind farm development represented gross over development in a populated scenic area of North Tipperary’s countryside, with one giant turbine proposed to be constructed just 463 metres from a dwelling house property boundary, thus exposing same to the devaluation of their home and their expected quiet enjoyment of their property.

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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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