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TD’s Sign Up To Lansdowne Rd Agreement

dail_chamber1Following a meeting of Cabinet in Leinster House, it has been decided that new first time elected members of Dáil Éireann will sign up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement, under the provisions of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) acts, necessarily introduced in 2009 and imposed on public servants.

In a public statement issued by Cabinet on Thursday last, the government stated that it did not wish to be seen by the general public as acting unfairly in any future dealings, in particular with Secondary School Teachers, who share less holiday time, and the drastically reduced membership of An Garda Síochána, latter who put their lives on the line protecting Irish TD’s from death threats for a mere €23,500 per annum. Readers will be aware for the most part that both these said groups are refusing to participate in this aforementioned agreement.

To this end, as and from July 1st 2016 some 52 new Teachtaí Dála (TD’s) elected to the Lower House of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament – Dáil Éireann), for the first time, following the General Election held on February 26th last, will now be subjected to a considerable reductions in both pay and expenses.

New first time elected TD’s will now only receive approximately €46,000 in salary during the life time of this present government, instead of their €87,258 salary as is the present case. The perk of granting new mobile phones; purchased to the maximum cost of €750 in any 18-month period, and previously allowed to all new TD’s; has also been removed.

In relation to mileage expenses, those residing 15.5 miles from Dáil Éireann will also no longer receive the customary untaxed €25,295 extra for turning up to work on their average of 3 days or less each week, regardless.

A full list of all Parliamentary Standard Allowances (PSA’s) will be published on the Houses of the Oireachtas Website later this coming week, with similar reductions expected to affect Seanad Éireann, latter the Upper House of the Oireachtas .

Water Conservation
Meanwhile the Minister for the Environment is understood to be looking into the possibility of running an educational campaign to encourage water conservation in the home.

According to the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, flushing toilets accounts for around 25% of Irish people’s waters usage, with a standard toilet using 1.8 gallons of water or more per flush.

The Minister is now suggesting that people should take their first pee of the day, while taking their morning shower. Such practise would see around 0.880 gallons of water only leave your shower head in the 22 seconds it takes for a human being to finish peeing; unless you possibly have been ‘on the p..s’ the night previously. Regardless this practise, if encouraged in every home, would lead to considerably less water wastage than used with a standard toilet flush.

Good news also for those of you who insist on wiping after peeing in the toilet; a huge saving can also be made in the weekly purchase of toilet rolls. With an average of 400 squares of paper currently found on most toilet rolls, peeing in the shower would in fact eradicate the wastage of up to 5 squares per roll on any standard wipe.

The Health Service Executive (HSE), are also supporting this initiative, based on the proven fact that hard-working household servants in Victorian times steeped their feet in urine, to ensure relaxed, soft, flexible foot skin.

Meanwhile strong opposition is expected to these proposed regulations from Irish Supermarkets and the manufactures of foot care products, including foot orthotics and insoles; both claiming hundreds of jobs will be lost to industry if these new rules come into force.

OK – If you believe the above, you would believe anything. However the solution given to those tired, callused and toughened areas of skin on your feet is absolutely true. Try steeping your feet in your urine for 15 minutes every night and after a week note the massive difference to your ‘trotters’.


Up For The Match

A large number of sporting events taking place in Thurles this week as part of the Thurles Annual Sports Fest.


Pictured yesterday evening: This group, some in period costume, who arrived in Thurles to attend the 1916 hurling final re-enactment between Tullaroan (Co. Kilkenny) and Boherlahan (Co. Tipperary).

From 11.00am today an Indoor Bowls Competition will get under-way in the Premier Hall; while at 12.00 noon, a Road Bowling event will begin on the Cormackstown Road.

Tomorrow Sunday a 6k Fun Run will take place from the Thurles Croke’s grounds (Nenagh Road) at 11.00am, while an under 18’s and adult Ladies Rugby Matches will all kick off at the Thurles Rugby Club (Moyne Road) from 12.00 noon.

So if you are ‘out & about’  today and tomorrow do trot along and join in.


Thurles Co. Tipperary, & 1798 Rebellion

We continue with the second of a three part promised discussion on Thurles during the 1798 Irish Rebellion period; asking the question: “Why was a memorial to the 1798 rebellion erected in Thurles; a town and indeed a county who took little or no part in this same Irish rebellion?”

[ Note: Part one of this same discussion (June 19th last), can be read by simply clicking HERE ]

Basically the failure of Thurles and County Tipperary to take a more active role in the 1798 rebellion was down to the excessive political zeal and barbarity of just one man, Sir Thomas Judkin Fitzgerald, High Sheriff of Tipperary, (better known as “Flogging Fitzgerald”). He resided at Goldenhills, in the Civil Parish of Relickmurry & Athassel, near the village of Golden, Co Tipperary.

Positioned as Judicial Representative of King George III here in Co. Tipperary during 1798; Fitzgerald’s obvious social importance, held not just a ceremonial role, but also an administrative function, e.g. executing High Court Writs etc.  Later, on August 5th 1801, this same Sir Thomas Judkin Fitzgerald would receive the title Baronetcy of Lisheen, Golden, Co. Tipperary; as his reward for suppressing the United Irish Rebellion of 1798, here in Co Tipperary.


Sir Thomas Judkin Fitzgerald, High Sheriff of Co. Tipperary, better known as “Flogging Fitzgerald.”

Fluent in the spoken native Irish language of Gaelic, Fitzgerald was described by his peers as, “a parody of the more extreme kind of loyalist: brave and energetic, but arrogant and reckless to a degree, verging on insanity.”  During 1798 Judkin Fitzgerald rode his horse, leading a column of 100 men through Tipperary, searching for stashes of arms. Historians described him as being, “like an avenging demon, haranguing the people [speaking] in Irish for hours at a time, making them kneel down and pray for the King.”

Court Case of Wright v Fitzgerald Clonmel Assizes

Some recorded examples of his reign of terror during 1798, which failed to endear him to the Tipperary populace, included his arrest of a French teacher / professor in Clonmel; “a respectable Protestant of unimpeachable loyalty”, named Mr. Wright. Unable to understand the French language, but finding a hand written note, penned in French, on Wright’s person; Fitzgerald assumed, wrongly, that he was engaged in treasonable activities. The previous activities of United Irishmen, e.g. Wolf Tone, and attempts to bring about a French invasion of Ireland were known; the French being already at war with England.

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Death Of Cornelius Ryan, Formerly Littleton, Thurles

DeathIt is with a great personal sadness I learned of the death today, Thursday 30th June 2016, of Mr Cornelius (Con) Ryan, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork and formerly of Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Ryan (ex Dairygold), passed away unexpectedly, at his home in ‘Glencarrig’, Georges Street, Mitchelstown, early this morning.

The passing of Mr Ryan is most deeply regretted by his wife Bernadette (nee O’Donoghue); daughters Sineád (Lahique) and Martina; son Fergal; grandchildren Rana, Yasmin, Adam, Devin, Eoin, Eve, Sophie, Blake, Julie, Lucas and Stella; his sons-in-law Khalid and Michael (McLoughlin); daughter-in-law Róisín, brothers Gerald and John; sisters Mary (Egan) and Eileen (Croke); brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; other relatives; neighbours, and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Ryan will repose at the Chapel of Rest, Baldwin Street, Mitchelstown, on Saturday (2nd July) next, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, followed by removal to the local Parish Church.

Funeral Mass will take place on Sunday at 11.30am, with burial immediately afterwards in Brigown New Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Thurles Credit Union June 2016 Winners

Thurles Credit Union

Thurles Credit Union

The first of the monthly ‘Cash Draws’ for Thurles Credit Union (TCU) Members, for the new season June 2016 /2017, took place last Saturday (25th of June 2016).

This, the first of 12 monthly draws, which are all computer generated; which saw the 1st prize of €10,000 go to M/s Catherine Cooke, Cluain Glas, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Congratulations must also go to three other lucky TCU Member winners; namely M/s Anne Hogan, Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary;  M/s Peggy Barry, Bouladuff, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, and M/s Eileen O’Shaughnessy, Kennedy Park, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, each of whom received prizes of €1,000 each.

Congratulations to all this month’s winners.

Please Note: Members can still join the TCU Members current Monthly Cash Draws by simply completing an application form in any of the 3 Thurles Credit Union’s associated offices.