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Green Dragon Innovation Challenge 2011

Green Dragon Innovation Challenge 2011

The Agri Aware Green Dragon Secondary Schools Innovation Challenge is back and set again to entice all our young innovators to develop original and ground breaking ideas. Students are encouraged to develop the concept of a new product or service within three sectors with huge potential for development, namely: food, agriculture and the environment.

Twenty five finalists will battle it out at the national final in March 2011 for the highly coveted prize of a development fund worth €8,000.
Agri Aware with the support of Bord Bia and AIB Bank are calling on second level students of all ages to look outside their classroom, identify a gap in one of these three sectors and apply what they have learned to the real world.

The challenge is open to all second level students. It doesn’t matter if you are a first or a sixth year, the submission will be judged on the merit of the idea and not your age.

Students nationwide will pitch their ideas to the Green Dragons with the hope of following in the footsteps of last year’s highly successful winner, Paul Bowden from Thurles CBS Co. Tipperary.

IFA President John Bryan commented, “The Green Dragon is an excellent way to get our young people thinking about the huge economic possibilities that lie within the agricultural, food and environmental sector.”

Interested pupils, teachers and parents should visit Here for more information.

Note: Due to the recent adverse weather conditions resulting in the closure of many schools,  the closing date for registration to the Green Dragon Innovation Challenge is now Friday January 21st, 2011.

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Charity Race Night At Thurles Greyhound Stadium

Thurles Greyhound Stadium

Everyone of us enjoy a night at the dogs and next month people will have the opportunity to bring the whole family Greyhound racing  in aid of a very worthy cause.

On February 26th next the Irish Greyhound Board will host its first ever multi venue family benefit night, in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland.

In association with the Irish Examiner, the event will take place across 10 locations including Thurles Greyhound Stadium, with all funds raised being distributed both nationally and to regional branches of Down Syndrome Ireland.

Tickets to this family friendly evening will include access to all races, plus a race programme. All venues involved in Tipperary will have entertainment, goodie bags for children, raffles and auctions, as well as all the thrill of the chase.

There will also be a weekend break for two up for grabs at each venue, courtesy of Select Hotel Ireland.

Head of Marketing for the Irish Greyhound Board, Orla Strumble, said the organisation were delighted to be involved in this worthy fund raiser.

Family tickets for the night cost just €20 for 2 adults and up to 4 children while individual tickets will cost €10.

Remember the Date – February 26th 2011Thurles Greyhound Stadium.

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Free Local Business Directory

Free Tipperary Business Directory

Businesses operating in Co Tipperary are now invited to join our ‘Local Directory‘, free of charge.

Over 120 product suppliers and service providers have already discovered this free directory and have signed up, in an effort to improve business by introducing themselves to over 1,000 readers each day.

Introduce Your Business To A Wider Audience

If you would like to put your business forward, for inclusion in this free directory, please follow the simple instructions given hereunder:-

  1. Click on the Thurles Directory Tab situated at the top of the Thurles.Info Home Page.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on Submit A Listing.
  3. In the box marked Title – place your Name or Business Trading Name.
  4. In the box marked Link – place your Website Address. (Ignore if you do not as yet have a website.)
  5. In the box marked Email – place your Email address.
  6. In the Category Box – click the down arrow symbol and choose a suitable category which best describes your business activity. (Note: If there is not a category already included, which adequately describes your business activity, ignore and we will be happy to add one for you.)
  7. In the Description Box include your Phone Numbers (Land Line and Mobile), your Fax Number, your Postal Address and any other information which you feel is relevant. Please also use this space to state what Category you would like to be included under, but only if a category is not as yet already available. Please also include here your Facebook address details also.
  8. Then press Submit.

Note: Your details submitted will not appear immediately in this Directory, as, in the interests of security, details will require the approval of our sites administration.

If you would like to include a picture of your Business Premises or Business Logo, please contact our Site direct, by clicking Here to arrange and discuss a Featured Listing.

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Britvic Soft Drinks Group Seek Redundancies

Britfic Brand Products

The soft drinks group Britvic is to seek 100 redundancies at its operations in Ireland from next month.

Staff at the company’s new customer call centre, situated in the Tipperary Technology Park, Nenagh Road,Thurles, which opened last month, happily will not be affected.

These job cuts represent about one in seven of its present workforce here in Ireland and follow a review of the companies commercial operations.

The company is involved in the manufacture of well known brands such as Ballygowan, 7Up, Club, Robinsons and MiWadi.

Job losses will largely be across the commercial teams of the group and are due to a change in consumer spending habits in Ireland, with declines in both the pub and convenience store sector. Revenue and sales volumes at Britvic Ireland rose in the third quarter of the fiscal year, but the drinks company warned then that this did not signal a sustained recovery in the soft drinks market. The company announced 145 job losses in January last year and the closure of plants in Ballyshannon and Waterford.

Its managing director in Ireland, Mr Andrew Richards, says he deeply regrets the jobs losses but states they are “unavoidable and Britvic management will remain actively engaged with staff and their union representatives as changes are implemented within the group over the coming month.

Britvic remains committed to the Irish market, saying it has made significant investments in its Dublin and Thurles facilities and the company will continue its operations in Cork, Limerick and Belfast.

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Limerick Regional Hospital Impose Visiting Restrictions

The total count for patients forced to remain on trolleys at Limerick Regional Hospital yesterday was 51 according to the today’s Irish Times.

Mary Fogarty, industrial relations officer with the INMO in the mid-west region, stated that over Christmas patients had little access to diagnostic tests and procedures and this led to very few discharges. She stated the hospital has been under severe pressure since reconfiguration of acute services in the mid-west region began in April 2009. A spokesman for the hospital said emergency departments are under pressure because of cold weather, seasonal demands and swine flu.

Meanwhile according to Tipp Fm Radio today visiting restrictions are in place at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital due to the presence of influenza cases. People are asked not to visit the hospital unless it is absolutely essential.

According to management at the hospital, unwell patients who may have flu like symptoms should not visit the hospital.  Pregnant women or young adults and those with chronic illnesses should not visit suspect or confirmed cases and these visiting restrictions will remain in place until the situation has been resolved. Meanwhile many appointments with out patients are being cancelled.

This situation now confirms the argument that the closure of services at Nenagh Hospital, not only places patients at unacceptable distances from acute life-saving medical care, forcing people to travel unnecessarily to an overworked and overwhelmed central hospital in Limerick, but in truth leaves us without any real reliable medical service in North Tipperary at all.

This unacceptable situation must now become an election issue on all doorsteps in North Tipperary in the coming weeks with those political candidates who choose to seek out our valuable support. Remember, while we can not change the direction of the wind, we can adjust our sails in our efforts to reach our required destinations.

Meanwhile, we are informed that all appropriate infection control measures are being taken to deal with this situation at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital.

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