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Planning Granted For Redevelopment of Cashel Palace Hotel

Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

It has been confirmed by Deputy Mr Michael Lowry TD, that planning for the redevelopment of the Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, has, this week, been granted in full.

Readers will remember that Trevester Ltd; a joint venture between the Magnier family and a group of International investors, acquired the valuable property in late 2015; which had closed without warning in 2014.

This development group also acquired the famous Cashel pub ‘Mikey Ryan’s’; which is adjacent to the hotel gardens. Refurbishment work has already started on the pub, which is due to reopen in the 3rd quarter of 2017, and will employ 25 people.

The completion of this project will ensure that the iconic Cashel Palace will once again become the heartbeat of the town as a vibrant, high quality, service provider for both locals and visiting tourists alike.

This welcome development, when fully complete will provide in total 61 bedrooms, together with top grade function facilities, a Spa & Leisure Centre, restaurants and hotel Taverns.

The construction phase will involve 100 people working on the project, which will take 18 to 24 months to fully complete.  On completion, the hotel will employ a further 100 employees; 40 of which will be retained on a full-time basis.

In addition to the expansion of the hotel, the proposal will deliver a 3-acre town park as set out in the Cashel Development Plan and further enable the reinstatement of the famed ‘Bishop’s Walk’, allowing connectivity from the Rock of Cashel to the town centre.


Death Of Mary Ryan, Turtulla, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Wednesday 12th July 2017, of Mrs Mary Ryan (née Tynan), Turtulla, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Cattaganstowns, Killenaule, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Sean; the passing of Mrs Ryan is most deeply regretted by her loving daughters Kathleen and Sheila; sons Mattie, John and Martin; sister Chrissie (Maher); brother Paddy; grandchildren; great grandchildren; daughters-in-law; son-in-law; nieces; nephews; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; extended relatives; neighbours and many good friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Ryan will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles on tomorrow, Friday July 14th, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at the nearby Cathedral of The Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Saturday 15th July at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Patricks’ Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Road To Close At Ballincurry, Killenaule, Co. Tipp

Decision to close the R691 at Ballincurry, Killenaule, Co. Tipperary

Tipperary County Council have notified the public of their intention to close the R691 from its junction with the L2201 at Knockabritta to its junction with the L2207 at Ballincurry.

The reason for this closure is to facilitate the installation of a cattle underpass.

This road is expected to close for three weeks, from 6.00am on Friday July 21st 2017 until 6.00pm on Friday August 11th 2017.

Alternative Route Diversions:
Eastbound traffic will be diverted north along the L2201 at Knockabritta to its junction with the R689 at Ballinunty, then north along the R689 to its junction with the L2101 at Gortnahoo, then east along the L2101 to its junction with the R690 at Kilcooly Abbey, then south along the R690 to rejoin the R691 at Ballingarry Lower.

Westbound traffic will be diverted vice versa.

Tipperary County Council regret any inconvenience caused by this intended closure.


EPA Threaten Tipperary Industrial Site With Sanctions

One Tipperary industrial site is included in the list of five nationally, which have been warned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve its environmental performance or face further sanction.

The Tipperary site named is Tipperary Co-operative Creamery Ltd., Station Rd, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary; latter an independent creamery located approximately 500m from Tipperary Town Centre and adjacent to the River Ara.  The site has compliance issues with how waste water and run-off from its site is being managed, resulting in a potential risk to the River Ara.

The four other named industrial sites are Arrow Group Limited Co. Kildare, latter which operates as a subsidiary of the Queally Group and owns subsidiaries including Dawn Farms; Irish Cement Limited (Limerick) Co. Limerick and Rosderra Irish Meats Group (Edenderry) Co. Offaly, and T & J Standish (Roscrea) Limited, The Leap, Roscrea, on the Tipperary / Offaly border. This latter site had soil and groundwater contamination due to the use of timber treatment preservative in the past. Compliance issues also in this case relate to the failure of the company to manage a remediation system and to provide for the clean-up costs.

Commenting on the National Priority Sites system, Mr. Gerard O’Leary, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement, stated, “A small number of sites have significant compliance issues and we consider them to be National Priority Sites for enforcement. The EPA will escalate enforcement action against companies, and their directors, if necessary, if compliance does not improve.”

The EPA Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Report 2016, also released, gives details of compliance levels and enforcement activities across the 800 licensed facilities in 2016.

Key findings are:
€178,000 in fines and costs were paid from 11 prosecutions concluded in 2016.
Over 1500 site inspections were completed; 95% of which were unannounced.
Over 1000 complaints were received about licensed facilities; 66% related to odour nuisance.
The top 5 sites most visited were facilities in the Waste Sector.
The highest level of non-complaince were facilities in the Food & Drink sector.

Ms. Mary Gurrie, Programme Manager, EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement, commented: “The report shows that the EPA targets its enforcement efforts at the most non-compliant facilties. It is not acceptable for licensed sites to cause nuisance, or to cause an impact on the environment. These operators face further enforcement action.”

The EPA is also reminding members of the public that they can now easily access enforcement information such as site visit and monitoring reports for licensed sites on the EPA website.

Complaints about licensed sites can be made online or by contacting the EPA at Tel: (053) 9160600.


Thurles Order Of Malta Annual Collections

Thurles Order of Malta Ambulance CorpsMr Gerard Fogarty, Parnell Street, Thurles reports:-

Order of Malta Collections.
Order of Malta Ireland Ambulance Corps Thurles would like to thank those who contributed so generously to their annual collection recently, in the Thurles, Gortnahoe-Glengoole and Holycross-Ballycahill parishes.

Collections will be taken up next weekend after all masses in the Moycarkey / Littleton / Two-Mile-Borris parish. It should be noted that all funds are used locally for the upkeep of the unit and towards its new ambulance.

Members of Thurles Order of Malta Ambulance Corps and its Cadet Corps, with colleagues from Nenagh, Cashel, Limerick and Dundrum, pictured here in Semple Stadium on last weekend.

Officer-In-Charge Ms Catherine O’Loughlin has expressed her great pride in the unit, this week, after a very busy weekend in the local GAA calendar.

Ms O’Loughlin stated, “Our members are exceptionally  well trained and thankfully all the matches went off without any major incident. We have recently completed our own on-site operational training, in Semple Stadium, to be prepared for any future emergency incident that might occur. We are grateful to the public for their generous support, allowing us to continuously upgrade our emergency ambulance fleet and equipment, and to keep them taxed etc, and fully maintained in pristine condition.”

Recent difficulties with our unit telephone have now been rectified and we can be contacted about ‘First Aid Courses’; ‘Event Cover’ and ‘Transport’, as per usual, on Mobile Telephone No. 087 2390111.