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February 2016
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Ireland’s Call – Focus Ireland Tackle Homeless Crisis

Many people will have seen the well directed, emotional new video advertisement for ‘Focus Ireland’, with the Irish rugby team shouldering their support for the fight against homelessness.

For those of you who have not, play the video shown hereunder.

Three Ireland Limited, formerly Hutchison 3G Ireland Ltd now trading as Three, recently announced that it was giving Focus Ireland a one million Euro marketing campaign entitled “Together We Can Tackle Homelessness.”

The aim of this video is to raise, not just funds, but also awareness of the homeless crisis presently to be found here in Ireland, particularly in our larger cities and some towns.

The video features various members of Dublin’s homeless community reciting the lyrics of ‘Ireland’s Call’, with Jonathan Sexton and RTÉ commentator Ryle Nugent also contributing to the content.

If you are moved in anyway by this video; to donate, simply text HOME to 50300 and €1.63 of a €2 charge will go to Focus Ireland via Three Ireland Limited.

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Revenue Seize Contraband Tobacco Products In Tipperary

Revenue officers have seized a quantity of illicit cigarette and tobacco worth an estimated €10,700 here in Co. Tipperary.

The seizures were made following the search of a car by Revenue officers in the Golden area close to Cashel in Co. Tipperary on Wednesday morning last.

The officers are understood to have discovered further contraband cigarettes and tobacco in a follow-up search, carried out under warrant, at the driver’s residence. Revenue officers also seized the car in which the cigarettes were located, as is required by law.

Some 22,800 cigarettes; branded Marlboro; Monte Carlo; Royal Classic; Jim; MG; NZ Gold; and Che, were seized together with 200 grams of tobacco; branded Amber Leaf and Cherry Choice.

In total, the products posed a potential loss to the Irish Exchequer of some €9,100.

A man believed to be in his 50’s was questioned and a file is presently being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

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Thurles Deaths February 10th 2016


deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death, on Wednesday last, 10th February 2016, of Mr David Ryan, Sarsfield Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Son of the late Tommy and Bridget, Mr Ryan’s passing is most deeply regretted by his loving brothers Kieran, Thomas, Michael, Billy, Vincent, Denis and Paul; sisters Teresa and Ann, nephews and nieces, uncles and aunts, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Ryan will arrive at the Cathederal of the Assumption, Thurles, on this Friday at 6:00pm.

Requiem Mass will be held this Saturday, 13th of February, at 11:00am followed by burial immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death, on Wednesday last, 10th February 2016, of Mr Joseph (Joe) Fitzgerald, Cluen, Clonoulty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Mr Fitzgerald passed away, predeceased by his wife Phil and most deeply regretted by his loving family, sons John, Tim, Joe and Neil; daughters Mairead, Anne and Mary, brother Timmy & sister Anna (Morrissey), sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, extended family, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Fitzgerald will repose at his home today Friday from 4:30pm to 8:00pm, to arriving at St John The Baptist Church, Clonoulty for 11:30am Mass on Saturday. Burial will take place immediately afterwards in Clonoulty Cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Aherlow House Hotel Tipperary Closed With Job Loses

AherlowAuburn Hotels (Aherlow) Limited, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary has announced, with great regret, that it has been obliged to cease trading as Aherlow House Hotel, with effect from the 9th February 2016.

The scenic hotel has surrendered possession of the hotel premises to the Receiver of Aherlow House Hotel Ltd, Mr Costelloe of Messrs Grant Thornton’s, Limerick office, with immediate effect.

Auburn Hotels (Aherlow) Limited had been in negotiations with the receiver of the hotel over an extended period with regard to the future of the property and in the expectation that it could remain operating the premises, having envisaged that bookings could be taken for functions for dates into the future.

It is now understood that the receiver intends to place the hotel for sale on the open market and that the present lease granted will not be renewed or extended; leaving the company with no option but to cease trading with immediate effect.

Some 25 employment contracts held by the hotels staff have been now terminated and the hotel will not itself be in a position to carry through bookings already confirmed. The hotel is understood to have in excess of 40 weddings and other functions confirmed for the year ahead, but say it will not be in a position to meet future commitments. However the Receiver has requested full particulars of all bookings for weddings and functions to be furnished to them, together with full particulars of all staff currently employed. Same information will be passed on to all / any interested future purchasers.
Dundrum Hse Functions booked to take place in the immediate future at Aherlow House Hotel have now been accommodated at other venues including Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir and at the Clonmel Park Hotel, some 25km to 43km distance from the Aherlow venue.

Dundrum House Hotel

Fears are also growing for the immediate future of the wonderful Dundrum House Hotel, in Dundrum Co. Tipperary, situated some 28km from Aherlow House, where 110 employees have been given notice that their place of employment may also close within a month unless a new buyer can be located.

The loss of both superb Tipperary hotel venues are seen as a massive economic blow to the over all future of tourism in Co. Tipperary, particularly through attendance at numerous visitor centres, museums and the wider county’s rural economy.

Such job losses are not expected to feature on any Irish TV channels, unlike the loss of 140 jobs in Cleary’s department store in O’Connell Street, Dublin. Tipperary after all is only a jobless region somewhere in a long forgotten ‘Rural Ireland’.

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Tipperary CSO Live Register Figures Remain Dismal

The recent CSO Live Register Figures published for Co. Tipperary in recent days continue to remain dismal reading. See the figures shown hereunder or check for yourselves, using search criteria All Ages, Both Sexes, Welfare Office.


The 652 pre General Election 2016 jobs announced between July and September of last year (2015) for South Tipperary e.g. 200 new jobs for Clonmel at Eishtec, announced in September 2015; 300 new jobs in Cashel at US generic drugs giant Amneal Pharmaceuticals announced in August 2015; and 152 jobs at ABP Food Group in Cahir announced in July 2015, have so far failed to materialise. Instead South Tipperary this month records an increase of a further 22 persons on their Live Register; when comparing months January 2016 against figures recorded on the 31st of December 2015.

North Co. Tipperary this month appears to have fared slightly better with a decrease of 48 persons registered. Some 700 jobs promised for North Tipperary some three weeks ago just before this month’s General Election will not materialise however before March 2017 in respect of 300 jobs; with the other 400 jobs not expected to materialize until 2019.

In the case of the latter 700 promised jobs, at least 30% – 40% of these employees are expected to be skilled transient workers, brought to the North Tipperary area because of their particular skills within their already existing employment in firms; Siga Hydro, Roadbridge, Sisk, Strabag Group, Andritz Hydro and US multi-national First Data.

Unemployment in Tipperary is now running roughly 2.9% above the national figure of 8.6% unemployment; latter being claimed as “A Recovery” by the present outgoing Fine Gael & Labour government.

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