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Lowry Calls On Tipperary Tourism Providers To Reach Out

Independent TD Deputy Michael Lowry has called on all Tipperary Tourism Providers, in communities throughout Co. Tipperary, to “Reach Out”.

Speaking recently on the subject of Tipperary Tourism, Deputy Michael Lowry TD has called on all urban and rural communities, across Co. Tipperary, to familiarise themselves with the website “Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO)” (http://www.irelandxo.com/) and to become fully involved locally, through the many voluntary roles offered.

The Independent Deputy stated;  “Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO)” is a volunteer-based, non-profit initiative which can build lasting links between the widely spread global Diaspora; estimated at some 70 million people of Irish decent, many of whom can, through past family discussion, already identify with their particular parish of origin here in Co. Tipperary.”

“The ‘Ireland Reaching Out’ website is simple but intelligent, based on the idea of ‘involved reverse genealogy’. So instead of waiting for our global Tipperary Diaspora to trace their roots themselves, Ireland XO volunteers can network directly with people from around Tipperary in their local communities. By doing so local communities can assist in building bridges between the present and the past; through connecting people with their Irish home parishes and discovering very often lost ancestry. This in turn will results in badly needed tourism being attracted to all areas of Tipperary; while creating some small, yet instant full time and part time employment in the county through our excellent Hotel Accommodation, B&B’s, Restaurants, Museums and Visitor Centres”, stated Lowry.

“Tipperary published brochures, while necessary to some degree, can be no substitute, in our modern day Ireland, for on-line world-wide-web marketing. With the unset of the new tourism initiative ‘Ireland’s Ancient East”, focused on heritage and history and themed along the four pillars of; Ancient Ireland; Early Christian Ireland; Medieval Ireland and Anglo Ireland, there is a very grave possibility that our northern Tipperary countryside; north of the Rock of Cashel & Holycross, will remain somewhat neglected” continued Lowry.

“To-date, Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) has helped thousands of Irish people discover the history of their long lost relatives, their existing families, endevering to reconnect them, where possible, with their Irish parish / community of origin. Whether people have emigrated recently or have never set foot on our sandy shores, Irish people will always welcome visitors from all over the world and particularly those who share an existing affinity for our rich and varied Tipperary heritage. It should therefore remain our aim to assist those now resident abroad to return and discover the real story of their families, their past history and reconnect them with the Tipperary of 2016.” concluded Michael Lowry.

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Death Of Michael Kennedy, Brittas Road, Thurles

deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death on Saturday, 23rd January 2016, of Mr Michael Kennedy, Brittas Road, Thurles and late of Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co.Tipperary.

A builder by profession, Mr Kennedy was predeceased by his brother Declan. His passing will be most sadly missed by his brothers and sisters Ann, Deirdre, Noel, Geraldine, Celia, Mary and Paddy and his aunt Delia, also his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and his many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Kennedy will repose at Ardeen Nursing Home on tomorrow, Tuesday January 26th, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption on Wednesday at 12:30pm for Requiem Mass at 1:15pm.

Burial will take place immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Farewell Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary

Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary

Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary

The mining firm Vedanta Resources last week made their final shipment of zinc ore from their Lisheen Mine facility near Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

While extraction at the mine officially concluded last November 2015, milling of the mined ore did not ceased until December. At peak production some 400 associated individuals enjoyed secure employment at the site; providing an estimated €28 million in wages and salaries annually, much of which was spent in the local economy.

Lisheen Mine in the past was also a major source of support and funding to local clubs, amenities and charities in the Thurles and surrounding areas, most recently funding playground equipment in our new Thurles town Park.

Lisheen Mine first began in 1999, following partnerships between Minorco, Anglo American and Ivernia West. In 2011, Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources, acquired the mine from Anglo American, who had taken full ownership of the site in 2003.

The overall Lisheen operation consisted of an underground mine, a concentrator and backfill plant, producing some 300,000 tonnes of zinc concentrate and 38,000 tonnes of lead concentrate each year, for the past 17 years of its overall operation. During the lifetime of the mine it is estimated that some 22.4m tonnes of ore was mined at this Lisheen plant.

The closure of the mine is now most likely to further tighten global supplies of zinc. Used in part to galvanise steel, the price of the metal globally had dropped to its lowest levels since 2009.

From a local future prospect will this now large, well-appointed and resourced site be left to decay and lie redundant?. Will this site be identified as one of the ‘site-ready’ locations identified at tonight’s ‘Invest Tipperary’ Launch?

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Invest Tipperary – Marketing The Premier County

lit-thurlesThe launch of a new initiative “Invest Tipperary,” will takes place this evening, Monday 25th January 2016, with business representatives from across the county expected to attend.

The Chairperson of Invest Tipperary, Mr Liam Sheedy is encouraging people to come along to this evening’s launch, which will take place at the LIT, Thurles, Tipperary campus.

The purpose of this new initiative is to strongly market Co Tipperary to all businesses and multinational companies who may be currently expressing an interest in Ireland, with a view to setting up some future envisioned industrial base.

In the past it has been highlighted that Co. Tipperary has fared most inadequately when compared to IDA sponsored site visits in other counties, by future potential investors.

Following a study of possible ‘site-ready’ locations having already been carried out in advance of this evenings launch; some eight locations are understood to have been identified across Tipperary, that are understood to be ready, available and waiting for future investment.

This new “Invest Tipperary” is understood to become an on-line and traditional marketing venture, which will greatly assist in the promoting of our counties industrial and retail sites, thus enabling Co. Tipperary to compete, for the first time, with other larger urban areas currently seeking both inbound and indigenous investment.

The official launch of this new initiative will take place this evening at 7:00pm sharp and featuring on tonight’s agenda will be discussions on the creation of a vibrant website; current marketing materials currently available and future engagement on a digital media programme, that would strongly promote the entire county of Tipperary as a suitable investment location.

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Annerville Award for Aaron Cawley

cawley-1Sixteen year old Cricketer Aaron Cawley from the Horse and Jockey, Thurles, described as a ‘great honour’ his receipt of the Annerville Award at the Clonmel Park Hotel on Saturday evening last. The award recognised his outstanding contribution to his sport in 2015 and indeed previous years.

Aaron, who is currently a T.Y student in Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, here in Thurles, had a most remarkable year in his sport. Last year (2015) saw him play against World Cup team Oman with both his club, Cork County and his Province, where he took 6 wickets, helping to bring both games down to the wire.

In August, Aaron played with Ireland U15’s in the European Championships, held in Rugby, England, against teams from Scotland, Holland, Denmark, Jersey and Guernsey. Ireland won the tournament outright without losing a game to retain their title. He was one of the top wicket takers in this series.

Aaron plays his youth cricket for Pembroke CC in Dublin. He played in the All-Ireland U15’s final in Derry against local team Bready, which Pembroke won decisively. He took four wickets in the game with one of the best bowling displays seen for some time at this age level.

Aaron plays Division 1 league cricket with Cork County 1st’s and received the ‘Young Player of the Year’ award for 2015. He will open the bowling for the 1st’s in the upcoming 2016 season in both the Munster and Leinster leagues and due to Aaron’s performances throughout 2015, he has been selected as part of the Ireland U17’s winter training squad, which is currently ongoing in North County, Dublin.

Congratulations Aaron and every success into the future.

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