Fallen trees, power outages, heavy rain, hail and snow showers were the order of the day across Ireland with over 200,000 households without power, as Storm Darwin now begins moving northwards across Ireland. The ESB has warned that the majority of those still without power will not have it restored overnight.
Gardaí and County Council officials are advising people to stay indoors and avoid any unnecessary travel.
Reports of damage here in Thurles, just coming in, claim that a portion of the Palatine College roof has been blown off and possibly three cars, parked in the grounds of the Anner Hotel, have been damaged by a fallen tree.
We have reports also of a car, parked close to St Teresa’s Nursing Home on the Dublin road out of Thurles town, being badly damaged, also by a fallen tree. A truck has also been overturned by hurricane winds on the M8 northbound between J10 Cahir North and J9 Cashel South.
Gardaí also report that at least forty secondary routes throughout Co Tipperary have been blocked by fallen trees, telephone poles and other debris. Commuters are being strongly advised to use the main routes in the morning as same are likely to be cleared of debris first and also due to the high volume of trees and electrical cables down on Regional roads and secondary routes.
With severe icy conditions promised for the morning motorists are reminded that gritting & salting will only apply to main road networks. Please also keep in mind that this will bring a lot of extra traffic onto our main routes, so allow yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination.
Some schools with power outages may also remain closed tomorrow, so best to check before venturing out and about.
The severe winds will continue to slowly abate with some sudden minor gusts across Tipperary.
The winner of the Thurles Credit Union Members Cash Draw has been announced.
The winner of the Thurles Credit Union Members Cash Draw for February 2014 is Mr William Sweeney, latter who hails from Churchview, Littleton here in Co Tipperary.
Pictured here at the presentation are Left – Right; Mr William Sweeney (Winner) and Mr Donal Scannell (CEO Thurles Credit Union).
Congratulations also must go to the other cash prize winners; Kathleen Long, Togher Road, Urlingford, Co Kilkenny; James & Aileen Dunne, Abbey Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary and Mary Ryan, Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Remember whether you are saving for something in the future or just for that ‘rainy day’, regular saving is a very good idea.
Regular saving with Thurles Credit Union is an even better idea, for at Thurles Credit Union, you are not just a customer, you are a member of a successful Financial Co-Operative movement.
Why not join in this success today?
Thurles Musical Societies Mr Noel Dundon Reports;
Normally at this time of the year the only run Thurles Musical Society would be worried about would be the five night run for their annual show. However, in 2014 expect events to be somewhat different – a fun different that is. Besides this expected and aforementioned hectic five night run of this year’s show, which this year features the Republic of Ireland Premiere of “Sister Act” the Musical,” the Thurles Society is also embarking upon a Fun Run and Walk on Sunday February 23rd, starting at 12:30pm at the Anner Hotel and finishing .. .. well in plenty of time for the Society’s opening night we anticipate.
Yeah, ‘Nuns on the Run,’ as this fun run and walk is being headlined, is a brand new departure for Thurles Musical Society and there will be a slight twist to the norms associated with such events. Fancy dress is a real option, possibility and probability and in all likelihood there will be a few ‘Habits’ donned to help bring a little bit of flair to this event.
The run will pass the Presentation Convent and the Cathedral of the Assumption en-route and anyone who feels like they need divine inspiration can feel free to drop in. (It won’t pass St Patrick’s Cemetery although a few individuals could well be headed there after this event.)
While guarantees of good weather can never be guaranteed, Thurles Musical Society can promise great fun and craic on the day. And for all those budding Usain Bolts type athletes out there, an open invitation is being extended to don the Lycra, throw on the runners and come along to join the fun.
No ‘Habit’ do I hear you say? Rubbish, become a Dominican Nun for the event by cutting a hole in an old white sheet.
Now, as for the show itself, huge progress is being made these weeks with everyone working really hard. There is a great buzz about at rehearsals and the cast and chorus are really enjoying the preparations. Rehearsals are running at the moment between the Anner Hotel and The Premier Hall, and Thurles Musical Society wish to thank, most sincerely, both these venues for their assistance and usual courtesy.
Note: Patronage, advertising and sponsorship is being sought at the present time, so anyone wishing to help out in this department would be welcomed with open arms.
Minister & Labour Party Deputy Leader Joan Burton Hails Labour’s Strongest Ever Tipperary Team
The Tipperary Labour Party selected its ‘strongest ever team’ to represent Tipperary in contesting the local elections this coming May.
Social Protection Minister and Deputy Leader of the labour party, Joan Burton, was on hand to oversee proceedings in a packed hall in the Anner Hotel in Thurles on Friday evening last.
Local Minister Alan Kelly, MEP Phil Prendergast and Senator Denis Landy were also in attendance and for those who are of the belief that Irish youth are no longer interested in party politics, note just some of the attendee’s shown in our slide show hereunder.
While acknowledging it wouldn’t be easy, she urged candidates and canvassers to get out and ‘talk to people,’ as the Labour party are the party that have brought this country back from the brink.
For the Tipperary/Cashel electoral area, retired council worker, Mick Byrnes was selected. Mick, who narrowly missed out on a seat at the last local election, said he was confident he could go one better this time out. “I want to build on my experience as someone who spent many years working in the local authority, as a community activist and as someone who has always worked to try and improve my local community,” said Mick.
For the Clonmel area, Labour selected previous poll-topper and sitting councillor, Sean Lonergan. Sean, an enduring popular figure, said his ambition was to top the poll this time but acknowledged it would not be easy, “It will be tough but it is very enjoyable when you know you have helped someone or brought about a change to improve your community,” he said.
For the Fethard/Carrick-on-Suir area, Cllr Michael Cleere, co-opted to the council last year will be seeking to retain the seat while running alongside him will be local Labour activist Liam Hayes. Cllr Cleere said that he was enjoying the challenge of being a councillor and hoped to continue the efforts to work for the people of South Tipperary.
Liam Hayes, spoke about the proud past of the Labour party in Tipperary and said that if every candidate could get selected, Tipperary would have 10 councillors, a Minister, a Senator and an MEP. “The Labour party in Tipperary has never been stronger and we need to build on this strength,” he further stated
For the Nenagh electoral area, Labour selected four candidates, Fiona Bonfield from Newport, Nenagh-based councillors, Cllr Virginia O’Dowd and Cllr Lalor McGee while operation transformation’s Greg Starr completes the billing. Fiona Bonfield, said that despite being new to politics, she was confident she could represent her area on any new Tipperary local authority.
For the Thurles/Templemore electoral area, Cllr John Kennedy and Roscrea-based Shane Lee will be flying the Labour banner. Cllr Kennedy paid tribute to outgoing Thurles town councillor, John Kenehen who retired, while the very popular Shane Lee told the crowd that he believed Roscrea had suffered from the lack of a local labour council. “If elected, I intend to give the people of Roscrea a stronger voice so that we can tackle many of the problems we currently experience in Roscrea,” said Shane Lee.
A Lough Derg lifeboat crew have rescued a male kayaker from the River Nenagh here in Tipperary.
Members of the emergency services including the Gardaí and a local fire crew working from the bank of the river had tried unsuccessfully to recover the man, who was believed to be in a semi-conscious condition.
The RNLI lifeboat crew from Lough Derg were instructed to launch and attempt a rescue. Responding, the lifeboat and crew were forced to navigate the difficult waters of the Nenagh river which was strewn with heavy debris following recent bad weather in the area.
The kayaker was observed by the inshore lifeboat just past Annabeg Bridge and was pulled from the swollen river by two of the inboard three RNLI volunteer crew.
The casualty was immediately brought back to the lifeboat station at Dromineer; with the lifeboat crew administeringd first aid en route before being met by a waiting ambulance and the Coast Guard helicopter from Shannon on their arrival. A waiting paramedic gave the casualty first aid and a decision was taken to transfer the rescued man by waiting helicopter to hospital for further treatment.
The Nenagh River (Irish: An Ghaothach) rises in the Silvermine Mountains in County Tipperary, flowing east of Nenagh and into Lough Derg, just north of Dromineer village.