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Short Sighted Engineers Re-glue Barry’s Bridge

Business people in the heart of Thurles and indeed in the streets surrounding Liberty Square are heaving a sigh of relief this morning, following the news that the necessary repairs to the Barry’s Bridge crossing, have at last come to an end.  The single lane “Stop & Go” traffic system, which they and road users were also forced to experience over the past three weeks, is now at an end, or is it?

It would seem that our busy decision making, municipal engineers didn’t make it to Specsavers Opticians this year.

Less than 8mtres (24ft) away from the newly re-glued bridge surface, a collapsed drain under the road has gone unnoticed, despite its sunken state being in existence long before the previous glued surface, on this same Barry’s bridge, had decided to surrender and disintegrate. Yes and even before the “Beast from the East” could have obscured it, swallowing it in a white blank canvas. The clue for engineers was the obvious fact that the road surface had dropped 2ins below kerb foundations, thus leaving questions to be answered.

One would have thought that when all the heavy machinery; tar trucks, heavy duty breakers, rollers, tarmac trucks and other thingamajigs, were in place over the past three weeks, this very small close-by repair, could also have been included; thus cutting major costs for the taxpayer.

Not so; money does not seem to be a problem for the Templemore /Thurles Municipal District engineers, so expect the heavy machinery to return again, and that accompanying single lane of traffic also, to materialise yet again, and to hell with with the tax payer.

There is, however, one great saving having been made in all of this; the 2017 Christmas lights still remains in place this Easter; in plenty of time for next Christmas. This could mean that there will be no rise in Property Tax next year.


Death Of Phyllis Troy, Thurles, Tipperary

It was with a great personal sadness that I learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 29th March 2018, of Ms Phyllis Troy, Piercetown, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her brother Richard (Dick), Ms Troy passed away peacefully while in the care of the William Stoke Unit, Tallaght Hospital, Tallagh, Co. Dublin.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her sister Eileen (O’Toole); brother Liam; brother-in-law Liam (O’Toole); sisters-in-law Julie and Margaret; nieces; nephews; grand nieces; grand nephews; cousins; her former colleagues at Thurles Revenue Service; extended relatives; neighbours and many friends.

The earthly remains of Ms Troy will lie in repose at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles on Sunday evening from 5.30pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, on Monday morning at 10.15am.

Funeral Mass will take place at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Rd, Thurles Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Tipperary Ladies Vie For The Title “Rose of Tralee”

The Tipperary Rose Of Tralee Centre is proud to present the 2018 Tipperery Rose of Tralee selection at The Anner Hotel, Thurles, this Saturday night, March 31st, with doors opening at 7:30pm.

Tipperary Ladies Who Will Vie For The Title “Rose of Tralee 2018”.

Miss Katie Cleary, representing SuperValu Co-Op,  aged 23, from  Barnaleen, Donohill.
Miss Aine Ryan, representing Whitechurch Consulting, aged 26, from Kildangan, Nenagh.
Miss Danielle Ryan, representing Cashel Stoves and Fireplace Fitters,  aged 18, from Cashel.
Miss Sarah Power, The Old School House, aged 24, from Littleton, Thurles.
Miss Chelsey Power, representing Miss Ellie’s Takeaway, aged 24, from Clonmel.
Miss Aoife O’Neill, representing O’Ceallachains, Carrick-on-Suir, aged 27, from Burncourt, Cahir.
Miss Laura Carroll, representing Campus Life Services, aged 27, from Nenagh.
Miss Siobhan Hynes, representing O’ Sullivan’s Pharmacy, aged 19 from Clonmel, Tipperary.
Miss Michelle Ryan, representing Philips Furniture Nenagh / Susan Ryan Travel Counsellor, aged 26, from Nenagh.
Miss Michelle McLaughlin, representing Pride of Tipperary, aged 20, from Tipperary.
Miss Lauren Enright, representing Dolan’s Supervalu Cahir, aged 20, from Cahir.
Miss Emma Wright, representing Wright Sound and Lighting, aged 18, from Roscrea.
Miss Megan Clancy, representing In the Wardrobe, aged 22, from Clonmel.
Miss Ashlee Hally, representing Lava Rock Restaurant, aged 23, from Grange, Clonmel.
Miss Lauren Fitzgerald, representing Galileo Cafe, aged 19, from Cahir.
Miss Emma English, representing Rea Clarke Hennessy, aged 26, Carhue, from Dundrum.
Miss Laura Durkan, representing Irish Kidney Association, aged 26, from Glenconnor, Clonmel.

Best of luck to all those taking part.


Emissions From Air Pollutants Increased In 2016

Emissions from three important air pollutants increased in 2016 – Ireland’s emissions going in the wrong direction for people to benefit from cleaner air.

EPA reports 2016 emission levels for the five main air pollutants.

The figures show that emissions of three of the five air pollutants increased – ammonia, nitrogen oxides and non-methane volatile organic compounds.
Emissions of ammonia have been increasing since 2011 and were above the specified EU emission limit in 2016 for the first time.
Emissions of two of the other air pollutants, nitrogen oxides and non-methane volatile organic compounds, while in compliance with EU limits for now, are increasing.
Emissions of sulphur dioxide continue to decrease. These were well below the required EU emission limits, substantially due to the use of lower sulphur content fuels in electricity generation and transport.
Particulate matter emissions declined in 2016. Future emissions will depend largely on the quantity and quality of solid fuel used in the residential and commercial sectors.

The EPA today published figures for emissions of five key air pollutants. These pollutants impact air quality in Ireland and further afield, causing respiratory problems, pollution of soil and surface water, and damage to vegetation.

Stephen Treacy, Senior Manager with the EPA, said, “Our figures show that emissions of three of the five main pollutants are going in the wrong direction. Higher emissions of these pollutants will cause damage to air quality and health and make future compliance with EU limits more challenging.”

This latest information from the EPA shows that Ireland exceeded its emission limits for ammonia for the first time in 2016 and emissions of this gas are increasing. The agriculture sector accounts for virtually all (99 per cent) ammonia emissions in Ireland arising from the application of fertilisers – 40 million tonnes of animal manures are used annually together with 300,000 tonnes of nitrogen in fertilisers.

“Ammonia limits have been breached due to the rapid expansion of dairy and beef production in Ireland in recent years. This underlines the challenge in designing appropriate policies that protect our environment in a growing economy”, Stephen Treacy said.

The 2016 figures show that Ireland remains in compliance with its nitrogen oxide and non-methane volatile organic carbon emission limits, though these emissions are also increasing. Transport is the principal source of nitrogen oxide emissions, contributing approximately 41 per cent of the total in 2016. Agriculture is the second biggest source, contributing approximately 29.6 per cent of the 2016 total, mainly due to synthetic fertiliser application and emissions from urine and dung deposited by grazing animals.
The figures published today show that Ireland’s level of sulphur dioxide continues to be well below the EU emission limits. The reduction in the emission of this pollutant is positive for the environment, public health and the economy. The main sources of sulphur dioxide emissions are the power generation, residential and commercial sectors. Effective licencing and enforcement by the EPA has contributed to reductions in these pollutants as well as the use of cleaner fuels in power generation and transport.

Stephen Treacy concluded: “On the positive side, Ireland has significantly cut emissions of sulphur dioxide, greatly reducing the environmental damage caused by this pollutant, via behaviour change and response to regulatory interventions. While overall emissions of particulate matter also declined in 2016, localised problems can arise because of residential solid-fuel use.”

For further detail on these figures see the EPA web published report Ireland’s Air Pollutant Emissions 2016.


Death Of Paddy Bourke, Thurles, Tipperary

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Wednesday 28th March 2018, of Mr Patrick (Paddy) Bourke, Foileen, Milestone, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Bourke passed away while in the loving care of his family.  His passing is most deeply regretted by his wife Noreen; sons and daughters Tim, George, Margaret, John, Siobhan and Mary; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchild; brothers George and John; sisters Breda, Cecelia and Margaret; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Bourke will lie in repose at O’Dwyer’s Funeral Home, Upperchurch, Thurles, tomorrow evening, Friday from 5.00pm with removal at 7.00pm to the Church of The Sacred Heart, Upperchurch.

Funeral Service will take place on Saturday morning at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Upperchurch Cemetery, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.