Popular local young farmer Mr Thomas Dwan, aged 26, together with his parents Eddie and Ann, latter residing on their 105-cow farm at Bohernamona Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary have won this year’s National Dairy Council (NDC) and Kerrygold Quality Milk Award.
The eco-friendly Thurles farming family were presented with their €5,000 first prize and the national perpetual trophy by Kilkenny hurling legend and ten times All Ireland hurling champion Henry Shefflin, at the national awards ceremony held in Dublin’s RDS yesterday.
Speaking at the ceremony, Thomas stated that it was a proud moment for all of his family; and he was particularly delighted to bring a national trophy back to his home town of Thurles.
Eddie (father) and Thomas Dwan (son) work as a team with all of their milk from the farm being purchased by Centenary Co-Op Creamery here in Thurles.
Other National Finalists from Tipperary commemorated at this awards ceremony were: Mr Michéal Crowe & family, Parkroe, Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary (Tipperary Co-op) and Eoin Toohey, Cullenwaine, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary, (Arrabawn Co-op), which demonstrates the high quality of milk currently being produced here in Ireland within the Premier County.
An ongoing spate of burglaries here in Thurles over the past few months and highlighted by Thurles.Info, continues with no sign to date of the criminals responsible being detected.
Recently two houses in Thurles; one in the Borroway area and another in the Kennedy park area have been broken into twice, within a short space of time. In the Collins Park area, within the past few days, we have received news that one house; vacated for less than half an hour; the occupants returned to discover serious damage caused to the exterior of their property, in an attempted break-in.
The situation has now become even more serious with the manifestation of a new Face Book Page being opened, entitled ‘Thurles Equalizer,‘ which threatens to assert the need for a type of vigilante justice; threatening to punish Thurles lawbreakers personally rather than relying on our legal authorities. Many people locally will indeed sympathise with their promised convictions; “Any information about these scumbags breaking into elderly people’s houses and terrorising them, will be never be shared with anyone not even the Gardaí. We are not interested in a court date or slaps on wrists. PM us pls.”
While many locals are calling for a public meeting on the lines of action recently taken by Roscrea residents; local active Fianna Fáil Councillor Seamus Hanafin has been speaking to some of our other councillors in town and they have now agreed to come together in a cross party alliance on this issue. We understand that contact with the Gardaí has been arranged and a meeting between the local Councillors, Senior Garda, Crime Prevention Officers and Community Gardaí is now imminent.
Increases in rural crime, especially by out of town criminals, plus the reduction in our rural Garda force, has severely hampered investigations into local crime detection countrywide despite the best efforts of Gardaí particularly in rural areas.
The reluctance recently by many of our residents to attend local ‘Neighbourhood Watch,’ meetings, despite the strong invitation by Thurles Gardaí to do so, has given further encouragement to these criminals now operating within our midst.
“The existence of water is not owed to any human accomplishment. Humans do not own or create water.
If it stopped raining and if our rivers, springs and seas ran dry, we could not easily produce sufficient water ourselves.”
Some 300 people travelled to Dublin from Thurles and surrounding areas last night and early this morning, to take part in a national protest against water charges.
Protesters assembled at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, before marching down O’Connell Street towards Dáil Éireann on Kildare Street, closing down the Dublin city centre and reducing Luas Line services from Tallaght/Saggart to Smithfield.
The protesters, involving tens of thousands of people from around Ireland, remained for the most part determined, but good humoured throughout, with the most amusing of protesters chants being “Here comes Joan, hide your phone,” and “Labour; Labour; Fianna Gael; throw the Government into jail.” (There were other chants and suggestions as to what Labour should do, but we, here on Thurles.Info, are to0 polite to repeat them.)
Right2Water addressed the crowds outside the GPO and Mr Brendan Ogle, a spokesperson for the group stated; “In the past, on various other issues, we have seen situations where there have been protest, and nothing else. This is one step; one early step; where people power is mobilising against a government that has abandoned them.”
“This government is trying to turn our human right to water into a commodity to be sold. I think people are resisting this all around the country, and today, it’ll be visible on the streets.” he continued.
The results of the two by-elections announced this evening would indicate that the Irish people feel that “enough is enough” when it comes to dipping further into the pockets of a nation already overburdened by constant increases in taxation.
That wonderful 1730’s Georgian, 67 bed roomed country mansion, known as Dundrum House Hotel, together with its magnificent golf resort and numerous holiday homes, has been put up for sale by a receiver with a €2.75 million price tag.
This three-star venue, set on 220 acres in the heart of the Golden Vale, close to the M8 near Cashel, in Co Tipperary, has operated as a hotel, a much-loved function venue and a top golf resort for well over 30 years under the management of the Crowe family.
This sale comes about following the successful sale of several golf resort hotels, including the 170 acre Blarney Hotel, Cork and the 5-star Heritage, Killenard, Co Laois.
The hotel has been run by the Dalata Group since going into receivership in April of this year and is now understood to be coming to the market via Savills on behalf of receivers Kieran Wallace of KPMG.
The property boasts 16 self-catering apartments and six coach-house apartments, while the attached golf course, taking up some 160 acres is confidently rated as being in the top ten best designed courses in Munster. This very popular venue also boasts conference facilities, bars, two restaurants, a leisure centre which includes a 21m pool and a gym.
Positioned in close proximity to popular Tipperary tourism sites like Holycross Abbey, the Rock of Cashel, Lár na Páirce GAA Museum, St Mary’s Famine & War Museum, Cabragh Wetlands, the Swiss Cottage and the scenic Glen of Aherlow, this busy concern currently holds on its calendar over 80 weddings and other major secured events planned for the coming year.
Mr Justice Michael Peart yesterday granted an ex parte application for leave to bring a judicial review in a High Court challenge brought against An Bord Pleanála in the granting of planning permission for a Wind Farm here in Co Tipperary.
Mr Edward Buckley, Gurtnara, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co Tipperary and Ms Edel Grace, Grousehall, Milestone, Thurles, Co Tipperary have sought the judicial review following the granting of permission for this proposed development at Upperchurch, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
The permission had been previously granted for 22 turbines, with a hub height of 81.6m and an overall height of 126.6m, together with an access road and buildings.
In these proceedings taken against An Bord Pleanála, Mr Buckley and Ms Grace requested orders quashing the boards decision of August 12th last, latter which granted a ten year permission period to Ecopower to install and run the proposed Wind Farm.
Both applicants claim that An Bord Pleanála acted outside of their powers and are therefore in breach of the provisions of the 2000 Planning and Development Act and the EU Council Habitats Directive of 1992. In moving this application, Mr David Browne BL stated that the challenge was brought on grounds that permission was granted after Mr Buckley having withdrawn his written consent for his lands to be used as part of this proposed development. It was understood that this proposed development had required Mr Buckley’s lands to gain an access road at Knocknameena, Upperchurch, Mr Browne stated.
Both applicants argued that this decision had breached EU directives on the conservation of natural habitats of wild fauna and flora and that An Bord Pleanála had failed to correctly conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment prior to giving consent in the granting of permission to this development.
Ecopower Developments Ltd and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are notice parties to these proceedings.