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Fatal Motorcycle Accident In Tipperary

garda crestA motorcyclist has lost his life in a single vehicle road crash here in Co Tipperary last night.

The 32-year-old and as yet unnamed male was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred at around 9.20pm on the N52 between the Tullaheady and Portroe roundabouts.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Limerick mortuary to await a post mortem.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Nenagh Garda Station on Tel: 067-50450, or on the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or indeed any Garda station.

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80 Jobs On The Line In Littleton’s Bord na Mona Plant

Bord Na Mona 20% DealSome 40 extra Tipperary residents will be able to pay water rates this year, if they can hold out until possibly next October, or so I thought last Wednesday.  This was the good news last week, coming in an election year from Thurles Town Criers and Labour Environment Minister Mr Alan Kelly.

The counties ‘paste & copy’ style Radio and Newspaper journalists felt they had a real ‘headline scoop,’ as they lapped up a press release issued by Mr Kelly’s office; “Forty New Jobs for Thurles based Green Energy Company – just the tip of the iceberg.”  Environment Minister Kelly was having delusional visions of a return to manufacturing to our mid-Tipp town, claiming that this was a major key to now increasing growth in this forgotten backwater of his constituency.

Tipperary TD’s Noel Coonan (FG) and Michael Lowry (Ind) were not feeling quite so happy. They were remaining silent, yet aware that Bord na Mona’s Littleton peat factory, just a mile or two down the road, were planning to shut down their 24/7 peat production at the end of this month (April), until possibly mid August, leaving some 80 permanent workers on reduced hours and a temporary lay-off.

In an earlier statement unknown to Mr Kelly, Bord na Mona had made it clear that a combination of a mild 2014/15 winter, the exorbitant rise brought about by Carbon Tax and an unusually high demand for cheaper timber fuel products, this season, had led them to drastically reduced sales of their peat products and it was being forced to implemented a ‘lay-off contingency plan’ to deal with this situation.

When questions were raised in Dáil Éireann this week regarding these lay-offs by the normally silent TD’s Coonan and Lowry; our Junior Minister with responsibility for European Affairs Mr Dara Murphy, latter speaking on behalf of Energy Minister Alex White, stated it was not the role of Government to intervene in an ‘operational matter’.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD wisely remained silent on both the above Thurles employment issues, after all when the sums are done, 80 jobs lost, minus 40 jobs gained, still means an increase of 40 on the CSO’s unemployment register come May 31st next.

Still I suppose ‘if the worst comes to the worst’  as we say here in Tipperary, sure Jobbridge are always recruiting and sure you can’t pay for water if you have no money; anyway there is always a life in Canada if you have an IEC working holiday visa and a passport.

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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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