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Farewell Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary

Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary

Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary

The mining firm Vedanta Resources last week made their final shipment of zinc ore from their Lisheen Mine facility near Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

While extraction at the mine officially concluded last November 2015, milling of the mined ore did not ceased until December. At peak production some 400 associated individuals enjoyed secure employment at the site; providing an estimated €28 million in wages and salaries annually, much of which was spent in the local economy.

Lisheen Mine in the past was also a major source of support and funding to local clubs, amenities and charities in the Thurles and surrounding areas, most recently funding playground equipment in our new Thurles town Park.

Lisheen Mine first began in 1999, following partnerships between Minorco, Anglo American and Ivernia West. In 2011, Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources, acquired the mine from Anglo American, who had taken full ownership of the site in 2003.

The overall Lisheen operation consisted of an underground mine, a concentrator and backfill plant, producing some 300,000 tonnes of zinc concentrate and 38,000 tonnes of lead concentrate each year, for the past 17 years of its overall operation. During the lifetime of the mine it is estimated that some 22.4m tonnes of ore was mined at this Lisheen plant.

The closure of the mine is now most likely to further tighten global supplies of zinc. Used in part to galvanise steel, the price of the metal globally had dropped to its lowest levels since 2009.

From a local future prospect will this now large, well-appointed and resourced site be left to decay and lie redundant?. Will this site be identified as one of the ‘site-ready’ locations identified at tonight’s ‘Invest Tipperary’ Launch?

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Invest Tipperary – Marketing The Premier County

lit-thurlesThe launch of a new initiative “Invest Tipperary,” will takes place this evening, Monday 25th January 2016, with business representatives from across the county expected to attend.

The Chairperson of Invest Tipperary, Mr Liam Sheedy is encouraging people to come along to this evening’s launch, which will take place at the LIT, Thurles, Tipperary campus.

The purpose of this new initiative is to strongly market Co Tipperary to all businesses and multinational companies who may be currently expressing an interest in Ireland, with a view to setting up some future envisioned industrial base.

In the past it has been highlighted that Co. Tipperary has fared most inadequately when compared to IDA sponsored site visits in other counties, by future potential investors.

Following a study of possible ‘site-ready’ locations having already been carried out in advance of this evenings launch; some eight locations are understood to have been identified across Tipperary, that are understood to be ready, available and waiting for future investment.

This new “Invest Tipperary” is understood to become an on-line and traditional marketing venture, which will greatly assist in the promoting of our counties industrial and retail sites, thus enabling Co. Tipperary to compete, for the first time, with other larger urban areas currently seeking both inbound and indigenous investment.

The official launch of this new initiative will take place this evening at 7:00pm sharp and featuring on tonight’s agenda will be discussions on the creation of a vibrant website; current marketing materials currently available and future engagement on a digital media programme, that would strongly promote the entire county of Tipperary as a suitable investment location.

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Annerville Award for Aaron Cawley

cawley-1Sixteen year old Cricketer Aaron Cawley from the Horse and Jockey, Thurles, described as a ‘great honour’ his receipt of the Annerville Award at the Clonmel Park Hotel on Saturday evening last. The award recognised his outstanding contribution to his sport in 2015 and indeed previous years.

Aaron, who is currently a T.Y student in Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, here in Thurles, had a most remarkable year in his sport. Last year (2015) saw him play against World Cup team Oman with both his club, Cork County and his Province, where he took 6 wickets, helping to bring both games down to the wire.

In August, Aaron played with Ireland U15’s in the European Championships, held in Rugby, England, against teams from Scotland, Holland, Denmark, Jersey and Guernsey. Ireland won the tournament outright without losing a game to retain their title. He was one of the top wicket takers in this series.

Aaron plays his youth cricket for Pembroke CC in Dublin. He played in the All-Ireland U15’s final in Derry against local team Bready, which Pembroke won decisively. He took four wickets in the game with one of the best bowling displays seen for some time at this age level.

Aaron plays Division 1 league cricket with Cork County 1st’s and received the ‘Young Player of the Year’ award for 2015. He will open the bowling for the 1st’s in the upcoming 2016 season in both the Munster and Leinster leagues and due to Aaron’s performances throughout 2015, he has been selected as part of the Ireland U17’s winter training squad, which is currently ongoing in North County, Dublin.

Congratulations Aaron and every success into the future.

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Death Of Patrick Maher, Rossestown, Thurles, Tipp

deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 23rd January 2016. of Mr Patrick (Pa Joe) Maher, Rossestown, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mr Maher is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Anne, son Michael, daughters Tina, Elaine and Siobhan, brother John, sisters Mary and Phyllis, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Maher will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles on Tuesday evening, January 26th, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles at 6:45pm.

Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, 27th January at 11:00am. Burial will take place immediately after Mass in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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‘Water Charges’ and ‘Austerity,’ – Tipperary Protest

waterAs part of a national day of protests against ‘Water Charges’ and ‘Austerity,’ a rally will take place in Co. Tipperary this afternoon; the venue Sarsfield Street, Clonmel, beginning at 2:00pm.

The Labour Party, supposedly a social-democratic political party in the Republic of Ireland, was originally founded in 1912 in Clonmel, County Tipperary, by James Connolly, James Larkin and William O’Brien as the political wing of the Irish Trade Union Congress.

Today’s Tipperary protest is part of a sustained campaign planned for the weeks coming up to the General Election. Same will include further demonstrations on the last Saturday before the, as yet to be announced, General Election date, believed to be February 26th, 2016.

Of course ‘Water,’ a natural occurring product, like ‘Gold’, has now become one of the most profitable commodities in the world. In Britain, private water companies including private equity consortium’s, in 2013, made profits of some €2.81bn, paying over €2.55bn to their shareholders. It is reckoned that every £100 spent in Britain on water charges today, between £20 to £30 in profits goes directly to those companies involved.

Link between ‘Water Charges’ and ‘Austerity.’

Over recent times the current Labour government, which have propped up Fine Gael over the last 5 years, appear to have forgotten the words of their original founders in Clonmel, County Tipperary;  which claimed that unless an Irish Socialist Republic were set up, Ireland would be ruled through greedy capitalists, greedy landlords, and greedy financiers.

In 2015 the present Irish Coalition Government gave €405m in tax break to the top 17% of Irish earners, thus widening the gap between the poverty and wealth of our citizens by some €1,003 in just two years. During this same time period, voters should remember that Tipperary’s Labour Minister Alan Kelly, so ambitiously in awe of personal power, demanded that householders, including the unemployed, low earners, disabled and old age pensioners, must pay €271m in extra water charges, regardless of their financial ability.

‘Right 2 Water’ spokespersons correctly point out that ordinary households are being asked to pay 78% of the bill for water, despite only using 10%.  Some 90% of Irish water consumed is used by corporations and agriculture, latter two most responsible for the pollution of our natural occurring asset, while just 10% is being used by households. Households on the other-hand are being asked to take on-board 78% of Irish water costs.

Persons who still believes that Irish Water is about conservation should seriously ask themselves the following question, “Why is the present Irish Government steadfastly refusing to hold a referendum which would safeguard Irish water ownership into the future, thus retaining same in the hands of Irish people?” “Have we not been forced to sell off enough of our Irish family silver?”

Today a series of rallies, will be held in over 30 locations across Ireland; organised by the Right2Water Campaign.

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