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White Tailed Sea Eagle Viewing & Info Point Reopens

Haliaeetus_albicillaThe popular ‘White Tailed Sea Eagle Viewing & Information Point’ situated at Mountshannon Pier in Co. Clare has now reopened to the public, following a hugely successful pilot opening period last summer.

More than 10,000 people flocked to the shores of Lough Derg, latter which borders on counties Tipperary, Clare, and Galway, between mid-July and September last to catch a glimpse of the first successful breeding pair of White Tailed Sea Eagles in Ireland in some 110 years.

The Viewing & Information Point is operated by the Mountshannon Eagle Group, in conjunction with the Golden Eagle Trust and Mountshannon Community Council. This new venue features telescopes, together with required information and displays about the White Tailed Sea Eagle, now regarded as Ireland’s largest and most spectacular of bird life.

This new facility generated more than half a million Euro for the local economy in 2014. A visitor survey conducted last year found that 43% of people said the attraction was the primary factor influencing their decision to visit the shores of Lough Derg.

The eagles, a seven-year-old male and six-year-old female, were originally collected as chicks on the island of Frøya off the west coast of Norway by the Golden Eagle Trust. The birds were later released in Killarney National Park before deciding to relocate; taking up residence in Lough Derg in 2011. The pair, named Saoirse and Caimin, both created history back in 2013 when they reared the first chicks to fly from a nest in Ireland in over 110 years. The pair successfully reared another chick in 2014 and the hope is that another successful hatching will take place this summer.

Visitor figures compare well to the Island of Mull in Scotland where White-tailed Sea Eagle watching has been popular for more than 10 years. It should be noted that a higher percentage of visitors came to Mountshannon (43%) specifically to see the Eagle pair than to the Island of Mull (23%), where eagle tourism brings in an estimated 5 million (sterling) annually.

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International Speakers To Address CFOA Annual Conference

Fire At Thurles Bus Depot - Photo: Brian CorbettInternational speakers will address the annual Conference of the Irish Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) annual conference event, to be held in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, tomorrow Wednesday (6th May) and Thursday (7th  May).

The Chairperson on day two of this event will be Mr Dave Carroll, Chief Fire Officer, Tipperary Fire Service.

The CFOA comprises the Chief Fire Officers of all Local Authorities in Ireland and this year’s event will also host a Fire Technology Exhibition.

Fire Officers, academics, industry experts, and Government and Local Government officials from Ireland and overseas will gather for this annual showcase event for Ireland’s Fire and Emergency Services sector. This year’s conference will host expert speakers from within the Emergency Services Sector and the Fire Technology/Industry in Ireland, Denmark, Spain and the UK.

There will be presentations on a wide range of topics including major emergency management, event licensing, crowd safety at large outdoor events, the licensing of businesses premises and the Local Government Change Programme.

Chief Fire Officers to call for an increase in Government funding.

Mr Pat Fleming, CFOA Chairperson and Chief Fire Officer for Dublin Fire Service, said that while his keynote address will refer to the progress made by fire services throughout Ireland during the past 12 months, he will also be calling on the Government to increase the level of funding being made available to Local Authorities to invest in local fire services.

He explained: “Current expenditure by Local Authorities on fire and rescue services is €267m per annum. Proper station facilities are essential for maintaining the delivery of a fire service. Fire appliances are the work horses of the services and it is regrettable that there has been no fleet capital funding provided in recent years. Despite the competing demands for funding I will be using my keynote address to encourage the Minister to provide adequate funding to support local fire service delivery.”

“The aim of the conference and accompanying exhibition is to afford all involved in the fire and rescue area the opportunity to debate current issues and to see the latest developments in fire service appliances and equipment, and to explore the newest technology in fire service operations and fire prevention,” commented Eoin O’Ceilleachair, Conference Secretary and Offaly Chief Fire Officer.

“Offaly Fire and Rescue Service is delighted to be able to host this year’s event, the theme of which is ‘Emerging Trends – The Challenges for the Fire Service’. Over the course of the two days, speakers will attempt to provide innovative thoughts and ideas about how the Fire and Rescue Service can adapt to meet these challenges,” added Mr. O’Ceilleachair.

This Association is also a member of the Federation of European Fire officers Associations and attends their twice yearly meetings.  Further details from

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Thurles All Ireland Tractor Challenge Tomorrow

An attempt at the All Ireland Tractor Challenge and Guinness World Record will take place at the Turnpike, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, tomorrow.

Committee and promoters of the the All Ireland Tractor Challenge, latter which will take place at the Turnpike, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, tomorrow.

The “All Ireland Tractor Challenge” and Guinness World Record attempt, sponsored by Supermac’s, will take place at the Turnpike, Two Mile Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, tomorrow (Sunday May 3rd) beginning at 11.30am.

Last year, in a similar attempt, some 1100 tractors turned up at the Thurles Racecourse, Nenagh Rd, Thurles, Co Tipperary, in an attempt to beat the current existing record, latter which stands at 1232 tractors. All tractors, vintage or otherwise, are still being welcomed, so have you entered your tractor in this event?

Note: Your entry can still be accepted by contacting Michael Fahey (Mobile 087-2712967) or T.J. Donnelly (Mobile 087-9855745) or Chris Verling (Mobile 083-4156785).

Note: This Tractor Challenge Guinness World Record Attempt tomorrow is not only just about a world record breaking attempt, it is also about a great social day out for all the family, with full proceeds going to North Tipperary Hospice (Suirhaven) Cancer Support Centre and the Cameo Care Dementia Respite Unit; both two worthy local Thurles Charities.

There will be Tug of War events, numerous prizes for the best 1950’s outfits for male’s, females and children attending; there will be Bouncy Castles, Amusement Rides, together with an abundance of stalls of all shapes and sizes.  Stalls will include Aloe Vera, Novelty Cakes, Stakelums, Mo Cara Animal Rescue, Hayes Yoghurt’s & Cheese’s, Thurles Men’s Sheds, Latteragh Crafts, Farmers Markets, Morrelli Sports Wear, Shannon Ices, just to name a few and all fully supporting this massive event.

Expect to brush shoulders with celebrity stars of sport, stage and screen; e.g. Rugby’s John Hayes & Denis Leamy, Alison Brolan (Munster’s Rose of Tralee contestant) and Derek from ‘Crystal Swing’.  Thurles natives Una Foden (Healy) of ‘The Saturdays’ and Comedian Pat Shortt are also expected to drop in sometime during the course of the day’s events.

Some 300 tractors have already arrived on site for parking at the Turnpike and same will remain over night under strict security, to await the larger contingent of vehicles expected to arrive early tomorrow

For further information see All Ireland Tractor Challenge and please do support this truly worthwhile charity event.

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Cannabis Plants & Herb Located In New Inn, Co. Tipperary

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Three men have been arrested following a drug seizure at a cannabis ‘grow house’  here in Co Tipperary, where over a thousand plants of various maturities were found by officers, during a legal search.

The three men, one in his 40’s and two in their 50’s, were arrested following a seizure of both cannabis plants and cannabis herb, latter which is reported to have an estimated street value of some €700,000.

Both substances were recovered during searches of two premises at Boytonrath, Boreen, Kileenasteena, New Inn. A cannabis ‘grow house’  was discovered in the first premises, while a ‘drying house’  was located in a second premises.

A single barrel shotgun was also discovered during the course of the search.

The three men are currently being held in Tipperary Town and Cahir, Garda stations, under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

The search was undertaken by members of the Drugs Detective units in Tipperary town and Clonmel and included members of the Regional Surveillance Unit, the Regional Support Unit plus the Cork ‘Sniffer Dog’  Unit.

These arrests are part of continuing investigations in Co. Tipperary, into the sale and supply of drugs.

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Death Of Liam O’Brien, Pouldine, Thurles.

deathIt is with great sadness we learned today (Friday 1st May 2015) of the death of Mr Liam O’Brien, Pouldine, Horse & Jockey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr O’Brien’s passing is deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary, his daughters Olivia & Maria, son T.J., grandchildren, brothers Tom & John, sister Helena, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Funeral arrangements.

Mr O’Brien’s body will repose at his residence on Saturday, May 2nd, from 3.00pm to 7.30pm. Removal will take place from his residence on Sunday morning at 10.45am to St. Peters Church, Moycarkey for Requiem Mass at 11.30am, followed by burial afterwards in St. Peters Cemetery.

Note: House private on Sunday morning. Family flowers only; but donations, if desired, to North Tipperary Hospice.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis. 

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