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Upperchurch Scientist Awarded €2m Research Grant

A Tipperary scientist based at University College Dublin (UCD) has been awarded a €2 million research grant by the European Union (EU) (under EU/Horizon 2020) to explore the relationship between diet and health.

Dr. Lorraine Brennan (BA, PhD), a Conway Fellow and a PI in the UCD Institute of Food and Health is the daughter of parents and Kilkenny natives Mrs Breda and Mr Joe Brennan, both of whom reside at Rossoulty, Upperchurch, Thurles, here in Co Tipperary.

Dr Brennan’s areas currently under development include (1) the use of a metabolomic approach to identify novel biomarkers of dietary intake and (2) the use of metabolomic signatures (“metabotypes”) to identify responder’s to dietary interventions in a move towards personalised nutrition.

Dr. Brennan’s research interests revolve around metabolism and altered metabolic pathways in health and disease and to this end she leads a metabolomics research group in UCD and is instrumental in the development of metabolomics for nutritional research.

Dr. Brennan is a partner in the FP7 projects NutriTech and Food4me. She is a PI in The National Nutrition Phenotype Database where she was responsible for the metabolomics data. She represents the Irish Nutrigenomics Organisation (JINGO) in the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) ENPADASI.

She has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications including publications in leading journals such as Nature, Diabetes and Diabetalogia. She regularly serves as a reviewer for international journals and since 2010 she is serving as an academic editor in PLoS One. Since 2009, she has delivered 16 invited lectures at International Conferences. Dr Brennan is actively involved in undergraduate teaching and delivers a range of lectures to Human Nutrition and Medical students.

She is also a member of the Irish Nutrition Society Executive. In September 2014, she was appointed as co-director of the European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO).

Dr. Brennan has stated that this funding will now greatly assist in establishing what type of diet is best for human development.

Thurles congratulates Dr. Lorraine Brennan on all her achievements.

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Poitín Stil Discovered In North Tipperary

Humors of Whiskey
“What’ll make the lame walk, what will make the dumb talk, the elixir of life and philospher’s stone,
And what helped Mr. Brunel to build the Thames Tunnel; wasn’t it poteen from ould Inishowen
So stick to the cratur’ the best thing in nature for sinking your sorrows and raising your joys.
Oh Lord, it’s no wonder, if lightning and thunder weren’t made from the plunder of poteen me boys.”

An active Poitín Stil was discovered by Revenue Customs officials in North Tipperary on Monday last.

It is understood that the illicit still was uncovered at an as yet unnamed rural location, close to the town of Nenagh, during a joint intelligence led operation undertaken by the Revenue Customs Service and an Garda Síochána.

The distillation process is understood to have been in full operation at the time of the raid and a quantity of distilled Poitín was also seized. All related distilling equipment was seized during the operation and a file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Traditional illegal Irish distilled Poitín can vary anywhere between 40%–90% alcohol by volume (ABV) and is fondly know by many other names e.g. ‘Mountain Dew’, ‘Holy Water’, ‘Drop of the Cratur’, ‘Moonshine’, ‘Red Biddy’ and ‘White Lightening’.  Irish monastic settlements were originally the birthplace of distilling here in Ireland, with earliest records going back to 584AD. Here Irish monks were the Master Distillers of their time, strictly retaining their distilling knowledge within the walls of their respective monasteries.

The word Poitín comes from the Gaelic word “pota” meaning a pot, which refers to the small copper pot still used by Poitín distillers. Illegal Poitín, also called Poteen or Potcheen is still traditionally produced in remote rural areas of Ireland today, distilled from malted barley, grain, treacle, sugar beet, or potatoes.

It is interesting to note that Poitín distilled legally is one of a small number of Irish food and Drink products which have been granted ‘Geographical Indicative Status’ by the European Union Council (EU). This means that similar to Champagne, which originates from the Champagne region of France and Parmesan Cheese, which originates from Parma, Italy, Poitín’s ‘Indicative Status’ is akin only to Ireland.

There are presently several legal Craft Distillery companies in Ireland now producing Poitín, which can be bought in pubs and off-licences.  These Craft Distillers today produce Poitín in various flavours, achieved through the use of wild berries and fruit, thus carrying on the original tradition, which years ago would have been also often flavoured using hedgerow berries, so as to soften and sweeten this products natural rather harsh taste.

Of course traditional illegally Poitín was distilled over a turf fire prior to the introduction of bottled gas. Illegal stills could be easily detected by police, identifying the rising smoke, despite the illegal distillers choice of windy and broken weather conditions which assisted in dispersing this tell-tale smoke. Certain wooded areas also assisted in the cover-up, with dense foliage often assisting in the wider spreading of this curling smoke trail.

Irish myth and legend state that St Patrick, our Irish patron Saint, brewed up the first ever batch when wine ran short for Mass; which possibly accounts for one of Poitín’s other names, that of “Holy Water”.

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Revenue Publish Tipperary Tax Defaulters List

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The latest Revenue Tax Defaulters List nationally, was published today, with the biggest settlement made ironically by a tax consultant, latter due to pay the Revenue €4m in relation to an under-declaration of income tax, following a penalty determination by the courts.

Nationally also a series of medical consultants have also been named on the list following a long running investigation by the Revenue Commissioners.

In all some ten individuals and their companies, holding Co. Tipperary addresses, are due to settle with the Revenue Commissioners for some €622, 404.00 in total.

List No 1 compiled (List 1) is pursuant to Section 1086, Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, in respect of the period beginning on October 1st, 2014 and ending on December 31st,2014, of every person upon whom a fine or other penalty was imposed by a Court.
Total number of cases published amounted to 319 and the total amount of fines and penalties imposed, again nationally, was € 807,860.00

List No2 compiled (List2) is pursuant to section 1086 of the Taxes Consolidation act, 1997, in respect of the period beginning on  1st October 2014 and ending on 31st December 2014,of every person – in whose case the Revenue Commissioners accepted a settlement of the kind mentioned in Section 1086. The list also includes cases in which a Penalty Determination was made by the Courts in respect of the same period. The total number of settlements/determinations published was 99 and the total value of these settlements/determinations was slightly over €23 million.

Note: Settlements are not published where the amount is less than the threshold (€12,700, €30,000 or €33,000), where the amount of fine or other penalty does not exceed 15% of the amount of tax or where the taxpayer, in advance of any Revenue investigation, has voluntarily furnished complete information relating to undisclosed tax liabilities.

Cases identified and published relating to Co. Tipperary are listed under a total of 9 headings: e.g. Failure to Lodge VAT Return(s), Misuse of Marked Mineral Oil, Cigarette Smuggling, Illegal Selling of Cigarettes, Under Declaration of VAT, Under Declaration of Income Tax & Capital Gains Tax, Under Declaration of Income Tax, Under Declaration of Capital Gains Tax and Penalty Determination by the Courts, relating to an under declaration of Capital Gains Tax.

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Irish Gaming Industry Under Spotlight In Thurles Tipperary

Ireland’s growing status as a location for digital games research and development will be highlighted tomorrow (11/3/2015) when three of the biggest names in the industry participate in Games Fleadh 2015.

gamesLIT Tipperary, whose alumni have worked on some of gaming’s biggest titles including Call of Duty, StarCraft and Guitar Hero, will host Ireland’s largest gaming event at its campus in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Games Fleadh will feature games development and research talks by prolific American games designers and developers Brenda and John Romero and Electronic Arts (EA) Chief Operating Officer Bryan Neider,  who will also assist in the judging process for the various undergraduate competitions involving third levels students and games developers from all over the island of Ireland.

Bryan Neider is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Electronic Arts (EA), which is responsible for producing some of the best-selling video game titles of all time including The Sims, FIFA, Battlefield and Madden NFL.

Brenda and John Romero have each more than 30 years experience working in the gaming industry, over 150 game titles such as DOOM and Quake to their credit, dozens of awards and have collectively founded nine game companies.

Supported by Microsoft Ireland, EA Games and the Irish Computer Society, the 12th annual Games Fleadh will feature the ‘Direct X’ Endless Runner challenge, Robocode and the Game Studio ‘Endless Runner’ competition, the winners and runners up of which will present their games to Brenda and John Romero and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Greenlight Committee.

Games Fleadh presents a fantastic opportunity for students to create a prototype game, meet people from industry and make a name for themselves within the Irish game sector,” said Dr. Liam Noonan, Lecturer at LIT’s Game Design and Development degree in Thurles at the launch of Games Fleadh 2015.

“In terms of career development, participating in this competition is invaluable as students are adding to their portfolio of creative content and networking with students from other colleges and people from the games industry. It is these up and coming game developers and their innovative ideas that will act as the catalyst for job creation in the Irish game development sector,” added Dr. Noonan.

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Death Of Kathleen Fanning, Littleton, Thurles

With Sincere SympathyIt is with great sadness we learn of the death today (9th March, 2015) of Kathleen (Kitty) Fanning (née Breen), No 2, McDonagh Terrace, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Mrs Fanning passed away peacefully, pre-deceased by her daughter Maureen; deeply regretted by her husband Jim, son Martin, daughter Ena, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mrs Fanning’s body will repose at her residence on Tuesday, March 10th, from 4.00pm to 8.00pm. Removal will take place on Wednesday at 10.45am to The Church of Our Lady and St. Kevin, Littleton for Requiem Mass at 11.30am.

Burial will take place afterwards in Ballymoreen Cemetery.

Please Note: House will remain private on Wednesday morning next.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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