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Thurles Beavers Enrolment Still Open

Thurles Beavers

The Thurles Beaver Scout Group have started back again, beginning on the 26th September last, following their Summer break, and the enrolment of new members is still continuing.

For those parents whose children may be still interested in joining this worthwhile group, note that Beavers are the Junior Section of Scouting Ireland. They meet every Monday night in the “Thurles Band Hall,” here in Stradovoher Road, beginning at 6.30pm until 7.30pm.

The Beaver section of Scouting is for both boys and girls, all aged between 6 and 8 years of age and costs are €3 per week.

I know as a parent myself, it is quite natural that I would want to be assured of my child’s safety and welfare, wherever they attend. So do be assured that as an organisation, Thurles Scouts personnel are fully committed to ensuring that all youth members learn, develop and have fun in a safe and totally secure environment. To this end they have developed robust child protection, recruitment and selection policies and procedures consistent with child protection policy and with all good practice guidelines.

Beaver Scouts are taught and indeed encouraged to take on tasks to find out about responsibility in a fun environment. They learn lots of new skills, but the most important thing is that they do it with other people, especially their friends, in an team building atmosphere, conducive to both fun and learning.

If you would like your child to be part of this organisation, why not find out further information by contacting Mary Tel: 086 2079213, Lyndsey Tel: 087 2139533 or Stella Tel: 087 6888799.

Note: Also if any adult is interested in helping out on a Monday night please make yourself known to the organisation, they are always grateful for any assistance.

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Gombeen Politics Alive In North Tipperary

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I believe it was Ben Franklin who coined the phrase “Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.”

I use the word “Gombeen,” more than most when it comes to describing some politicians. So to be fair to these gombeens, I think I should explain my use of this regular apt descriptive adjective.

The word gombeen is a pejorative Hiberno-English term used in Ireland for a shady, small-time “wheeler-dealer” politicion or businessman who is always looking after his own needs, rather than the needs of those they interacts with on a daily basis. The term originally referred to merchants who exploited the starving, during the Great Irish Famine, by selling goods on credit at ruinous interest rates. Todays term “gombeen,” has been enlarged to express a broader description, best conjuring up pictures of those who pretend to look after the needs of their constituents, while really attempting to gain kudos for their next election campaign.

Allow me to give you an example of political gombeenism. As you read further, (and I hope you will) I want you to consider the costs involved in sending this letter, e.g. PR Secretaries wages, Politicians time, Paper, Envelopes, Dictation time, Stamps, Computer services and Telephone calls to local radio stations etc.

Having added up all this unnecessary expenditure, of course you may take the view that my case study of Mr Alan Kelly, TD’s exploits, are creating jobs and driving consumer spending, but remember in the age of fast Broadband, Skype, Email, Twitter and Facebook, you, the taxpayer, may feel that you have just paid for unnecessary modern day political gombeenism.

See a letter recently posted to households resident between Molly Gorman’s Cross and Seskin Boreen, from Mr Alan Kelly, TD. (Click on letter, top left, to see full resolution image.)

Google Maps are not even aware of the presence of Molly Gorman’s Cross, but for the benifit of my readers and Mr Kelly, TD, it is a “bóithrín,”  and like the word “gombeen,” it is an anglicised, Hiberno-English term, normally meaning a narrow, rural road in Ireland.

This road epitomises “Forgotten North Tipperary,” from a political point of view. The narrow passageway has its hedgerows kept neatly trimmed each year by passing motorised vans, cars and trucks who break off all attempts by briar’s to hold hands across this forgotten way.

This forgotten narrow passage (Referred to as a road) is unique in other ways also. Unlike the R639 (Formally the old Dublin To Cork main road, prior to the building of the M8 ) from Urlingford to Longfordpass, which has a speed limit of 80 kilometers, this stretch of road referred to in Mr Kelly’s letter, was overlooked by the NRA, with regard to speed restrictions and therefore is enjoyed by local boy racers, because of its sharp bends, which allow vehicles travel legally at 100 kilometers.

Yes there is something you can do for your constituents Mr Kelly, stop wasting our money on self promotion and organize the NRA to place speed limit signs on this dangerous “bóithrín.

When you are finished that little job, Thurles would like your department to investigate where you can get the €48million for our Bypass. Think of it as a stills photographic opportunity or maybe RTE will send down a camera to record you cutting a red ribbon.

Thirty years ago we had Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash and Bob Hope today, thanks to gombeen politicians, we have no jobs, no cash and here in North Tipperary no hope.

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Bypass For Thurles Identified

It has been officially confirmed, Thurles is between nowhere and nowhere in Ireland’s grand scheme of things, all thanks to the time wasting of those we elected to represent our interests, both presently and in the past.

I refer of course to the slow decision making process in the choosing of the preferred route for the N62 by-pass for Thurles which has now, at last, been decided. The proposed 8-kilometre by-pass was chosen by the Mid West Design team over two other options and will consist of a 100 metre-wide corridor to the east of the town  stretching from Brittas to Turtulla.

This proposed single carriageway by-pass will run from Brittas through to Turtulla via Loughtagalla, the Moyne Road and the Dublin Road and will require four roundabouts and three river crossings without the demolition of any present existing structure.
This final decision will now also allow other corridors under review and situated west of the town, halted from immediate development, to revert to their previous zoning status.

Details of this plan can be viewed by the public from Tuesday next through to November 10th at  Town Council offices on Slievenamon Road Thurles, the Council Civic Offices in Nenagh and at Thurles Library in the Source, Cathedral St.

We are unlikely, however, to see the usual gombeen type press releases from politicians, each claiming to have delivered on this 10 year promise. So, before local residents begin jumping for joy, believing they will no longer have to witness the daily chaos caused by HGVs maneuvering around Liberty Square from the town’s very narrow, tight side streets, there is a catch. Well a €48 million catch to be precise, so there is no immediate prospect of this by-pass ever being built in North Tipperary’s present political and financial climate.

Our only ray of sunlight, perhaps is the freeing up of hundreds of acres of land which has been effectively sterilised due to the planning process.

Ah, sure as me granny used to say “If it wasn’t for venetian blinds sure it would be curtains for us all.”

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Autonomous i Best Undiscovered Band

Autonomous i

Last November Thurles.Info informed you all about Tipperary’s newest ‘Rock Band’ sensation, which is quickly taking Ireland by storm.

(Click on poster left to see full resolution picture)

Now music critics are describing Autonomous i as being “the best undiscovered band in Ireland and it defies logic why Autonomous i is not top of the charts, it is about time for Autonomous i to be discovered.”

Since forming some years ago in a dark damp community hall here in Thurles, Autonomous i have honed their songwriting and performing skills to the point where their music is influenced as much from within the group, as it is from external sources. These five lads fuse sounds together from a breathtakingly broad sonic palette and are producing a range of original tracks that a well stocked duke box would give it’s last dime for!

Autonomous i of course are:- Frah Butler – Guitar and Vocals, Daragh Kennedy – Guitar and Vocals, Jamie Kelly – Bass and Vocals, Eddie Dwan – Violin, Synth and Adrian Creany – Drums.

The band’s live shows are varied in the extreme and the band seamlessly navigates through rock, funk and dance inspired grooves, with an infectious confidence and cheeky grins.

For all the bands fans, note tomorrow’s (Saturday) the Irish Daily Mail newspaper, will offer a free copy of the CD “Backstage Pass” which features Autonomous i and which was produced as part of the successful weekly TV series “The Apprentice.”

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Tipperary Water Issues and Policies

As you are aware, the European Union play a crucial role in deciding various water policies, ranging from flooding to water purity.

The EU now want to know your views, your concerns and your ideas on all issues relating to water, its supply, its pricing, its cleanliness and flooding.

To this end, a public consultation will take place at the Clonmel Park Hotel, Poppyfields, Clonmel on Friday, 21st October 2011 between 9.30 am and 1.00 pm.

Speakers from the Economic and Social Research Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Public Works and others will be joined by the members of the European Parliament for the South Tipperary constituency, namely Seán Kelly MEP and Phil Prendergast MEP.

To book your place, phone (01) 6057900 or e-mail epdublin@europarl.europa.eu.

This event will be followed by lunch.

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