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Hayes Hotel Goes Under The Hammer

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Hayes Hotel, situated in Liberty Square here in Thurles and the birthplace of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), is finally set to go under the hammer at the next Allsops Space auction; to be held on September 16th 2014.

The Allsop Space Catalogue (Lot No 82) lists the sale as follows:-
Hayes Hotel is an historic 30 bedroom hotel comprising a reception, Cusack’s Bar, lounge bar, coffee dock, two nightclubs, together with 30 bedrooms extends to approximately 1,949.9 sq. m (19,901 sq. ft) in a town centre location and holding a 7 day publican’s licence

The premises are situated on a site extending to approximately 0.44 hectares (1.08 acres). The property is arranged over ground with two upper floors to provide a hotel. The adjoining building comprises a former shop and seven bedrooms.

The property has not been internally inspected or measured by Allsop Space and viewing times, as  this article goes to print have not as yet been confirmed. The premises are being offered with vacant possession and with a guideline of just €450,000 – €500,000.

I don’t know about you, our regular readers, but it would appear rather peculiar to me, that as Failte Ireland, using taxpayers funding, set about spending some €20m to design a new logo for Dublin city, (Thus making it a more attractive city for women tourists no less), that a building bearing such important national historic importance is being completely cast aside, without a threatened revolt by lovers of our national games. (Michael Cusack and Maurice Davin must be turning in their graves.)

Still I suppose someone will eventually purchase this piece of our nation’s history and could then move its front facade to Dublin’s National Museum, in keeping with every other historical artefact stolen from Co. Tipperary and held in our nation’s capital city in recent years.

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Scammers Target Third Level Student Accommodation

To-rentFuture Tipperary third level students seeking accommodation are being warned by the Union of Students in Ireland to be on the look-out for scammers and to be vigilant when searching for all future rented lodgings.

The Union of Students confirm that fraudsters have been using bogus adverts in the marketing of properties, while seeking payment on-line for accommodation which either does not exist or is not truly available to rent.

Mr Greg O’Donoghue, latter Vice President of Welfare for USI, is advising students to do their research fully and to ring landlords in advance seeking to view all accommodation being offered for rent.

As the jostle to obtain suitable accommodation is currently in full swing, a small number of students to date have been duped into handing over deposits for apartments that do not in fact exist, e.g. an apartment for rent on Dublin’s Fade Street for €500 per month, including utilities.

Students encountering such experiences are being advised to immediately contact the Gardaí.

The Union of Students are also appealing to families in urban areas to consider renting out their spare rooms in an effort to alleviate the severe current shortage of suitable student accommodation.

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413ft Wind Farm Project For Upperchurch, Thurles, Co.Tipperary

UpperchurchAn Bord Pleanála has again granted permission for a massive €80 million x 22 turbine wind farm to be constructed in the wild scenic hills close to the Co Tipperary village of Upperchurch. Same has been granted, in spite of widespread local opposition and will be located 2km from Upperchurch village and 18km west of Thurles town.

The promoters of the venture, Ecopower Developments Ltd, claim the output from the 413ft wind farm will be sufficient to power 23,000 homes or the equivalent of the domestic electricity requirement of north Tipperary, while creating 277 temporary jobs during its construction phase.

The 413ft high wind farm project, latter 15ft taller than Dublin’s Spire (The Stiletto in the Ghetto), is expected to create just eight permanent jobs when fully operational.

The wind farm’s construction will lead to €20 million being spent on civil and electrical contracts in Ireland; substantial annual rent payments to some 37 landowners in the surrounding area while also contributing to an annual community benefit payment.

This An Bord Pleanála permission follows similar recent acquiescence for another large wind farm on the slopes of Keeper Hill in the Silvermines mountains in north Tipperary, where ESB Wind Development and Coillte secured further planning against the judgement of its own inspectorate just last month for a similar 475ft x 16 turbine wind farm.

This new proposed Upperchurch plan was opposed by the Upperchurch / Kilcommon Wind Awareness Group, An Taisce and a number of local residents who lodged in total twelve individual appeals against the proposed plan. The group argued that the proposed wind farm development represented gross over development in a populated scenic area of North Tipperary’s countryside, with one giant turbine proposed to be constructed just 463 metres from a dwelling house property boundary, thus exposing same to the devaluation of their home and their expected quiet enjoyment of their property.

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Viable Drainage Options For Littleton Graveyard

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Tipperary and Thurles Councillor Seamus Hanafin has welcomed news circulated by the Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council Mr Joseph MacGrath, that works are to begin on a permanent solution to the flooding issues at Littleton Graveyard which severely manifest itself in February last, following unprecedented winter rainfall.

In communication with Councillor Hanafin and following a commissioned hydro-geology report, Mr MacGrath offers two possible viable drainage options shown hereunder.

Option 1 – Thrust Bore
A gravity drainage option over public and private lands with a thrust bore pipe to be constructed under the old N8 road, discharging surface water to drains on private land. It is a sustainable solution, feasible from a construction perspective and involves a low level of maintenance work. Although there appears to be agreement in principle from landowners affected by the works, formal agreement would be required.

Option 2 – Pumping
A drainage solution over public and private lands, discharging by gravity to the old N8 followed by pumping into an existing storm-water pipe on the old N8 and subsequently discharging to the river. Again it is feasible from a construction perspective, but it would involve a higher degree of maintenance work. Although there appears to be agreement in principle from landowners affected by the works, formal agreement would be required.

Following detailed consideration of both options, it is proposed to proceed with Option 1 above. Completion of this work is subject to formal agreements being achieved with the landowners, in advance of the commencement of this works.

Arrangements are now being made to seek formal agreement from all affected individuals and to commence this works as soon as possible.

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Death Of Former Taoiseach Mr Albert Reynolds

A-ReynoldsIt is with deepest regret, we learn of the death of former Taoiseach and business entrepreneur, Mr Albert Reynolds, who died shortly before 3.00 am this morning, at the age of 81.

Mr Reynolds served as Taoiseach for almost three years and was regarded as one of the most influential leaders in Ireland’s history; making a lasting contribution to our country’s peace process through his partnership with England’s Sir John Major and which led to the Downing St. Declaration of 1993.

The straight-talking, risk-taking businessman and influential leader, who worked his way up the political ladder to lead Fianna Fáil in two coalition governments, was a native of Rooskey, Co. Roscommon.

First elected to the Dáil for the Longford/Westmeath constituency in 1977 representing Fianna Fáil;  Mr Reynolds, within two years, moved up the government ranks to be appointed a government Minister.

As Minister for Posts and Telegraphs he helped revolutionise Ireland’s weak telecommunications system, transforming it, despite much pessimistic criticism, into one of the best communications systems in Europe. Later, as Minister for Finance from 1988 to 1991, he reduced all personal tax rates for the first time in over 20 years.

Elected Taoiseach in 1992, Mr Reynolds worked tirelessly with the then Prime Minister Sir John Major, Gerry Adams and SDLP leader John Hume to try to deliver much needed stability to Northern Ireland. The Downing Street Declaration, co-signed with British Prime Minister Sir John Major on December 15th, 1993, finally paved the way for an IRA ceasefire in 1994. Same in turn led loyalist paramilitaries to declare an end to terrorism, and this signing would paved the way to laying the foundations for the eventual signing of the Good Friday Agreement  in 1998.

Following a dispute with Fianna Fáil’s then coalition partner, the Labour party, Mr Reynolds resigned as leader of Fianna Fáil and as Taoiseach in 1994.  Mr Reynolds suffered political defeat in 1997 in an internal Fianna Fáil election to determine the party’s Presidential Candidate; beaten by Belfast-born academic Mrs Mary McAleese, latter who went on to win the Presidency and who served as head of state for two terms. Mr Reynolds later retired from politics in 2002 having serving some 25 years as an Irish TD.

Mr Reynolds had been diagnosed as suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, requiring 24-hour care and was in his later years reported as being unable to enter into conversation.
History records his full contribution to Irish life as being among some of this nation’s most significant achievements.

Mr Reynolds is survived by his wife Kathleen, two sons and five daughters.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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