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TISPOL – “Slow Down Europe”

tispol-logoDetails of the first ever pan European 24-hour speed enforcement marathon have been released by TISPOL, latter the European Traffic Police Network. Some 22 countries, including Ireland, are taking part, starting today April 16th from 6.00am to 6.00am, ending Friday April 17th.

TISPOL President Aidan Reid commented: “This speed marathon is all about prevention. We want drivers to think about the speeds they choose; speeds which are both legal and appropriate for the conditions. By doing so, they will be reducing the risks they face and the risks they pose to other road users. That is why we encourage participating countries and police forces to publish information about the precise locations of speed checkpoints in advance. We want to get into the heads of drivers, not their purses.”

Last year, 27,500 people died in road collisions across the European Union with inappropriate speeds proven to be the single biggest factor resulting in death.

Countries participating in this 24-hour speed enforcement marathon are as follows:

Ireland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway (not an EU member state) ,Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and the U.K. are all taking part taking part.

Chief Superintendent Mr Aidan Reid, DMR Traffic, Dublin Castle and President of TISPOL has stated; “A total of 196 people tragically lost their lives on Irish roads last year. To date this year 47 people have died, and although that is 5 fewer than this date last year, it is still 47 lives too many. Many more people are seriously injured in road crashes also. There are 727 locations, known as “speed enforcement zones” where safety cameras operate and which have a history of fatal and serious injury collisions. To inform and protect motorists we publish these high risk locations on the Garda website, so drivers can become familiar with where they are, but most importantly do contribute to making our roads safer.  Throughout the course of today’s “Speed Enforcement Marathon”, we will be releasing figures from safety cameras operating in these high risk zones. Our sincere wish is for zero detection, which will effectively mean drivers have responded fully to the overall aim of this initiative, which is to ‘slow down’ and make our roads a safer place for all users.”

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All Ireland Tractor Challenge Set For May 3rd Thurles

Last Sunday saw the official launch of the “All Ireland Tractor Challenge” in the Anner Hotel Dublin Road here in Thurles.

Amongst the many special guests who turned out to lend their support were rugby star Denis Leamy, Tipperary Rose of Tralee finalist Alison Brolan, Pat Carey (Munster Tug-O-War), Tipp FM radio’s ‘Agreport’ presenter Jim Finn and Conor Breen (Agricultural & Plant Equipment, Cashel.)

Click HERE to view video, hereunder, in High Definition.

Last year some 1130 tractors gathered for a similar event at Thurles Racecourse, raising a colossal €40,000 for local charity and this year’s challenge, with your help, is all set to surpass all past targets. In particular, two very worthwhile charities will  benifit from this event this year, namely ‘Suir Haven‘ and ‘C.A.M.E.O. Care‘.

‘Suir Haven’, as everyone knows, under the umbrella of North Tipperary Hospice is one of two cancer support centres which promotes and supports the development of hospice and palliative care in North Tipperary.  The organisation supplies specialised equipment, psychological and social support for patients and their families, often regrettably towards the end stages of life.

‘C.A.M.E.O. Care’ deals with conditions which cause damage to brain function more commonly referred to as Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Much of the care given to people with dementia in the home is provided by the spouse or by adult children. Many of these family ‘Carers’ are often frail and elderly themselves and may not always enjoy good physical health. Older caregivers often become so involved in a caring role that their social connections become reduced to the point that they have very limited contact with the outside world. This service aims to support ‘Carers’ in this arduous and difficult role, by providing a strong prop through, in some cases, a much needed break for those involved as carers.

How Can You Help?

Firstly: Anyone who owns a tractor are being implored to please, please bring same along on Sunday May 3rd 2015 to ‘The Turnpike’ [ Map Ref ], Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Secondly: Regardless of whether you own a tractor or not please bring along yourself and all your family to what will be a truly family fun event, with lots of activities to simply observe or indeed in which to partake.
Thirdly: Be part of this initiative yourself and join the many ‘Business Stalls,’ displaying your Goods and Services. For more information on this contact Frank at Tel: 086-8062770 or Donie at Tel: 087-4146897 or indeed Michael at Tel: 087-2712967 before April 19th next.

A massive amount of work is currently being undertaken behind the scenes for this event; under the leadership of  Michael Fahey (Chairman), T.J. Donnelly (Vice Chairman), Chris Verling (Secretary), Frank Nolan (Treasurer) and their truly passionate and dedicated workforce.

Expect more intimate details on this super upcoming event here on Thurles.Info over the coming days and weeks, so do Bookmark us and stay tuned.

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Cherry Blossom & A Rose Bloom In Thurles

Alison Brolan

Miss Alison Brolan, Thurles, Co Tipperary, chosen as the 2015 Tipperary Rose of Tralee.

A crowd of some 200 patrons witnessed Miss Alison Brolan from Clongour, Thurles, Co Tipperary, being chosen recently as the 2015 Tipperary Rose of Tralee. The event took place in the luxurious Anner Hotel, latter situated on the Dublin Road, east of the town.

The very beautiful and home loving Alison, is daughter to parents Mrs Colette and Mr Jody Brolan, both natives of the town.  Alison formally a pupil of both the local primary and secondary Ursuline Convent School is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and currently works as a primary school teacher at the Sacred Heart NS, Tallaght, Co Dublin.

Alison, who was selected from amongst nineteen other young ladies, each representing other towns and villages in Co. Tipperary, will now go forward to represent her county in the Irish Regional Rose of Tralee Finals, to be held at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel from May 28th – 31st, (June bank holiday weekend).

Some six young ladies will now be chosen from some 29 Irish county lovelies taking part; to appear at the International Rose of Tralee finals. This will equate to one lady from each Irish province being selected, together with two ‘wild cards’.

County Tipperary has not reached an International Rose of Tralee Festival since 2011, however Alison, displaying both brains and beauty, offers Tipperary high hopes for 2015.

Our congratulations to Alison and on behalf of the town, we wish her every success for the future.

Alison is pictured here supporting and promoting her favourite local charity ‘Suir Haven,’  latter under the umbrella of North Tipperary Hospice and one of two cancer support centres which promotes and supports the development of hospice and palliative care in North Tipperary.

This organisation supplies specialised equipment, psychological and social support for patients and their families, often regrettably towards the end stages of life and is one of the charities being supported by the “All Ireland Tractor Challenge” which will take place on Sunday May 3rd in Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co Tipperary.  (More details on this latter ‘massive fund-raising event’ in the coming days.)

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Thurles Swimming Pool To Re-Open

Thurles Leisure Centre gym remained closed to the public today (Sunday 12th April) to allow for staff training in final preparations ahead of the re-opening of Thurles swimming pool tomorrow.

This magnificent leisure facility here in Thurles has been closed for 11 months after tiles had been identified as lifting from the base of the pool, during May of 2014.

DSC_0195Now it is all systems go for tomorrow morning with the pool fully refilled with water and the temperature brought up to correct levels,  [Between 77° to 82° F (25°-28°C)].

Tipperary Co. Councillor Seamus Hanafin, who has been most vocal in keeping local people up-to-date on this issue, has explained some of the reasons for the delays over the past 11 months.

“It was a case of ensuring that this project was undertaken to the highest possible standards using correct public procurement procedures. It was most important also that through these procedures, an engineer be identified with the necessary hands on knowledge and experience; thus ensuring that into the future there would be no further recurrence of previously identified structural problems and the inevitable waste of taxpayer funding,” stated Mr Hanafin.

“Once the correct tiles and adhesive had been identified and replaced, it was imperative that expansion joints be allowed to set, before water was slowly added; to give the tank time to properly expand as massive water pressure was increased.  A ‘back wash process’, latter which flushes water in the tank back through sand filters, had also to be undertaken to flush out all / any dirt which may have accumulated from previous filtration,” continued Councillor Hanafin.

The Councillor also stated that; “To further ensure a successful conclusion to previous issues the Co. Council had also re-commissioned both the filtration and chlorination systems, as part of this latest refurbishment.”

From tomorrow (Monday 13th April) the Thurles Leisure Centre will re open at 7.00am, as was previously usual for a Monday, with valued customers once more having full access to the Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room and Spa Pool, hopefully long into the future.

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Tipperary To Host Repair Café

repairThe people of Co. Tipperary are being urged not to discard broken household items, but instead bring them along to a free pop-up fixing clinic; latter taking place at the Scout Hall in Nenagh, North Tipperary, on Saturday April 18th from 11.00am to 2.00pm.

The Repair Café is part of a growing international movement, first initiated in Holland in 2009, which encourages people to repair things rather than simply throw them away.

The Southern Region Waste Management Office, in conjunction with Tipperary County Council and Nenagh Mens Shed, are inviting people to drop in to the ‘Cafe’ with items such as tools with broken handles, wooden furniture, bikes or electrical equipment, where they will learn to fix them.

“The concept is really simple,” explained Pauline McDonogh, Regional Waste Prevention Co-ordinator, who continued: “The ‘Café’ brings together local businesses from the Nenagh area that have a range of skills and knowledge about fixing items. Householders bring along their broken items, sit with the experts and watch and learn from when the item is taken apart to when it is put back together again.”

Ms. McDonogh added: “Repair Cafe organisers find the majority of people who show up bring items they feel are too expensive to repair and would simply throw them away; shovels, lamps and children’s toys being popular examples. Often however, these items are easily repairable.”

Next week’s event in Nenagh is the final in a series of three Repair Cafés being held across the Southern Waste Region with other events already taking place in Tralee and Kilkenny.

The Southern Waste Region, which is administered by the Southern Region Waste Management Office (SRWMO), covers counties; Tipperary, Carlow, Clare, Cork City, Cork County, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford.

For more Information see wwww.southernwasteregion.ie .

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