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South Tipperary Tops Child Neglect League

According to a report this week in the Irish Examiner a new HSE review of its Child and Family services, shows Tipperary South had the highest level of child neglect in the country at 30.3%, just ahead of Dublin West.

Of the almost 6,000 children in care nationally at the end of 2010, 442 came from the North Lee area of Cork City — the highest figure for any one area in the country.

The review also showed that 31 children had been in residential care for more than five years, half the 2006 figure. The primary reasons for admission into the care system were split into three categories:- Abuse, Child Problems and Family Problems.

The report, under the headline “primary reason for welfare concern following initial assessment“, showed that a family member abusing drugs or alcohol, were a major factor. Other significant issues were where a child displayed emotional/behavioural problems, parent separation/absence, and financial difficulty.

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Thurles Tipperary Mini-Marathon 2012

The Tipperary Mini-marathon takes place this year in Thurles on September 30th 2012.
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North Tipperary Sports Partnership and South Tipperary Sports Partnership are delighted to announce that the Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon returns this year to Thurles, latter designated European Town of Sport 2012.

Now in its third year this annual 10k Mini Marathon is open to walkers, runners and joggers of all physical abilities and mobilities, so why not take the opportunity to get involved, by taking an active part.

Tipperary Sports Partnership have devised a new route around Thurles, for this years event, which they claim is “Fair, very flat and which will showcase the Cathedral town as much as is possible, to visitors.”

Registration this year can be accessed both online and / or via postal contact.  An added incentive this year is that Tipperary Sports Partnership will be making a charitable donation of €200 to the largest group to register, which will go to that group’s charity of choice.

Check out www.tippminimarathon.ie for details of your local Meet and Train group, also where you can train for this event with others in what promises to be a fun and supportive environment.

Registration in now open on line Here

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Oireachtas Members On A Walk In County Tipperary

Jimmy Deenihan

The Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan will turn the sod on the Moyne Community Hall project, here in County Tipperary this evening (17th June) at around 7.00 pm.

This local project involves building a new extension to Moyne Community Hall and the reconstruction of the old existing building including it’s re-roofing.

The Arts Minister is currently leading other Oireachtas members on a walk on the Galtee mountains in Co. Tipperary today. This year’s “Houses of the Oireachtas Hill Walk,” got underway from the Glen of Aherlow at around midday, with the event raising money for a charity supporting Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

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Two Men Murdered Near Holycross County Tipperary

Holycross Abbey

I knew that headline would grab your attention for a moment and if you believe gang warfare & crime in this country has gotten out of control, then visit our sister website Hidden Tipperary and read about the ‘carry on,’ in the parish of HolyCross, Co.Tipperary, which began in 1826.

I bring this historical true tale to your attention and indeed the attention of the residents of Bohernacrusha & Holycross particularly, because next year we celebrate “The Gathering 2013,” (Tóstal Éireann 2013). The Gathering is our unique chance to join a countrywide, citizen-led initiative to reach out to Ireland’s global diaspora and bring them home, for an unprecedented year-long celebration of all that is great about our green land and her people. The Gathering is a chance for all of us here in Co Tipperary, to organise and participate in special community, family, club, or parish events that will be the foundation of a year of celebrations. Ireland’s global gathering starts with your local gathering. If we join in now, then the world will surely flock to enjoy not just our special hospitality but also our unique history, our ancient & modern way of life, our food & our laughter.

As I have often stated previously, County Tipperary has more history ‘in it’s little finger,’ to sell to native visitors and encourage tourism to our shores, than any other county in Ireland.

The new publication “Destination Cashel,” which we referred to in our last blog is indeed welcome & of huge benefit to visitors, but must also be observed in the context of reality. For the past few years North Tipperary County Council have been advertising the myth that a Tourism Information Point, is supposedly operating from the Source Library building here in Thurles. This mythical Tourism Information Point has not existed for the last 4 years, as over worked Thurles Library staff will attest. Despite having six County Councillors in place, all claiming to represent the interests of Thurles and its environs &, who according to the Tipperary Star Newspaper, two weeks ago were ‘calling,’ (To whom they were calling we just do not know) for the preservation of existing job in our area, same have failed to notice that this unsatisfactory situation now exists.

Those who are responsible for the distribution of Leader Funding, also must come in for some criticism. While some failed tourism orientated project last year received funding, to the reported tune of some €70,000, there were smaller & much more merited local development projects, seeking much smaller amounts of funding, (e.g €4,000) for which funding was made impossible to access.

So before you read the true history of Holycross / Bohernacrusha and it’s environs, I ask the question;  Should we build a commemorative scaffold in Bohernacrusha? Would the many tourists visiting the beautiful village of Holycross, before heading too far South, be curious enough to stop off for lunch or a pint in Bohernacrusha, & enquire further as to the historical background to this spectacle of a past era?

Before you make your mind up, please click Here.

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Destination Cashel – Things To See & Do In Tipperary

Attention all those involved in the Tipperary Tourism Industry.  At long last a new, intelligent, modern, Tourism Guide has hit the book shelves here in Co Tipperary.

To be more accurate this Guide, is more akin to a rich colourful coffee table publication, allowing guests / readers to sit and be entertained, thus inspiring conversation and alleviating boredom. The pages contained, consist of high quality photographs and illustrations, accompanied by captions and small blocks of explanatory text, shown directly opposite each picture.

New Tourist Guide "Destination Cashel."

This book, which contains some 180 pages of valuable information about Tipperary, is now a compulsory purchase for all Tourist Accommodation Providers in Tipperary. If any tourists out there are reading this blog, here is the ultimate tourist guide to purchase, not just to find areas of interest while you are amongst us, but to keep and cherish as a memory & to show to friends, as you relate what we hope will be a memorable tale and a wonderful experiences of your travels in Tipperary.

This Guide, which I hasten to add is the brainchild of Catherine Stapleton, published & superbly produced by Lion Print, Cashel, is now on sale here in Thurles at Bookworm, for a value for money price of just €5.00.

Having read this Guide, and followed, with interest the “8 planned Day Trips,” laid out in it’s content, using Cashel as the centre point, I sent this publication to three groups all with a genuine interest in promoting tourism in Thurles.

Read Their Reviews

Mr P.J. Shanahan (Thurles Chamber of Commerce) “I was delighted having read the book “Destination Cashel,” which provides, for the first time, a simple plan for tourist on what to see, not only in Cashel, but the whole county of Tipperary, including our own historic town of Thurles.
The book contains eight planned routes with a  brief history of different places along the way and a list of events that take place here in the premier county. It is a fantastic guide to visitors, with pictures that sell County Tipperary as the beautiful county it really is, personally I love the picture of Ardfinnan, but I of course St Mary’s Church and St Patrick’s College are hidden treasure in Thurles.
Aimed at anyone who might pick the book up for a light read,will give vital help to tourists who visit our stunning county, but I also feel it will also give locals inhabitants an amazing in-site into what exists on their own doorstep. Destination Cashel is a must buy for anybody visiting or living in Tipperary this year.

Councillor Mr Gerard Fogarty (Thurles Town Council) “The ‘Destination Cashel‘ tourist guide is a fantastic example of how individuals and local businesses can work together with enthusiasm to produce a fine document selling their local community and the cream of what it has to offer. We have a proud historical and cultural tradition here in Tipperary and it’s important to showcase and promote our historical sites and commemorative events & carry them on into the future, while at the same time benefit our local economy, stimulating our labour market. This publication’s content sends a message to the rest of the country and indeed to the world that Tipperary is open for business. It will also encourage our neighbours residing in other counties to come & enjoy all the many wonders Co Tipperary has to offer.
It would be fantastic progress for Thurles if we could drive a similar exciting project for our own area and I would be delighted to give any assistance I can to do that. I look forward to working with state agencies and local business and community enthusiasts, to develop and fund such an initiative.

Mr Stewart Willoughby (St Mary’s Famine Museum Thurles) “Excellent publication and already under the arms of a few tourists visiting the Famine Museum. Tourists report that the book, together with it’s excellent high definition pictures and short informative script, is a huge advantage when planning their day trips. The Guide’s Author has climbed inside the heads of Irish & foreign tourists and provided them with information long sought after. Highly recommended.”

Has your Pub, B & B, Hostel, Farm Guest House, Hotel, etc. got a copy ?

Trust me you do need this publication in your establishment & your guests will thank you all the more for providing them with the information contained.

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