On November 10th next, it is expected that His Excellency the Korean Ambassador Mr Hae-Yun Park, will visit Thurles, making a public appearance at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Steet, Thurles at 11:30am.
Amongst those to officially welcome the Ambassador will be His Grace Dr. Dermot Clifford Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, the Mayor of North Tipperary Co Council Councillor Mr Gerard Darcy, the Mayor of Thurles Councillor Mr Michael Grogan, the recently appointed Thurles Garda Superintendent Mr Gerard Delmar and Mr Martin Quinn latter the Tipperary Person of the Year 2013 and a member of the Tipperary International Peace Convention.
His Excellency the Korean Ambassador presented his Letter of Credence to Irish President Michael D.Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin in late June of this year (Thursday 28th June).
A Guard of Honour was provided at Áras an Uachtaráin by the 1st Mechanised Infantry Company, Defence Forces Training Centre, The Curragh, Co. Kildare, under the command of Lieutenant Stephen Cunningham. The Ambassador were escorted to and from Áras an Uachtaráin by an Escort of Honour consisting of a motorcycle detachment drawn from the 2nd Cavalry Squadron, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin, under the command of Lieutenant Fergal Reilly.
There have been a number of high-level visits by Irish Government officials made to Korea in the last ten years; notable among them were the current Taoiseach Enda Kenny in 1996, the former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 2000 and former President Mary McAleese in 2005.
Representatives of the Munhwa Broadcasting Corp (MBC) visited Thurles in June 2011 to make a two part film documentary for Korean broadcasting, based on the Irish Potato. The representatives, led by Miss Sunyoung Lee, Film Crew Coordinator, were met by George Willoughby latter a member of the Tipperary tourism group ‘Hidden Tipperary,’ before being shown points of interest within the Thurles area, including St. Mary’s Famine museum. The recorded programme was later broadcast on Korean T.V.
“Now the things I’ve come to know seem so confusin’
It’s gettin’ hard to tell what’s wrong from right
I can’t separate the winners from the losers anymore
And I’m thinking of just giving up the fight.“
“Good Christian Soldier,” Lyrics By Kris Kristofferson
An as yet unpublished report that will guide current Government policy on rural Ireland up until 2025, has discovered that the rural areas of Ireland have had twice the business failure rate as their larger urban counterparts, when it comes to a study of our economic downturn.
Despite 3.5 years of continuous cries of ‘Help,’ from rural dwellers, this report leaves sleepy Senior Civil Servants now considering whether perhaps a Government Department and a Minister of State should now be delegated, with responsibility for future Rural Development.
Other initiatives understood to have been identified by this Senior Civil Servants report include the re-energising of rural tourism.
I trust that the recent announcement by Cork County Manager Martin Riordan of three interpretive centres to be opened on Spike Island in lower Cork Harbour by the summer of 2015, at a cost of €40 million, will not be seen as the re-energising of rural tourism. It is also interesting to note that Bord Fáilte have confirmed it is reversing its initial decision not to grant aid for this project and will now release €2.5m for redevelopment of this island. Someone obviously had a word in someone’s “Shell Like,” (Nod, Nod, Wink and Wink.) Do tell us why this decision was reversed Mr Riordan or should we be asking Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, one James “Jimmy” Deenihan, the Irish Fine Gael Teachta Dála for the Kerry North–West Limerick constituency, how this decision came about.
Mr James “Jimmy” Deenihan and Mr Noel Coonan were two of the people who failed to ensure that the Derrynaflan Hoard, latter stolen from Tipperary, was not returned for “The Gathering,” this year thus reducing tourism numbers to Co Tipperary, by some 25%, as my email records and other unanswered communications will attest.
In the past few days the Dáil have passed the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill after 77 TDs voted in favour of these cuts and new changes announced, and with only 46 opposing the most controversial parts of our recent Budget. These changes included the scrapping of the bereavement grant (77 votes to 43), cuts to maternity benefit, and a reduction in dole for new Social Welfare claimants who are aged under 26.
Just as a matter of interest did any of our readers see even one of our North Tipperary Government representatives in the Dáil, contributing to this debate? I ask this question as my eyesight isn’t what it used to be and these people may have taken up a space at the back of the class. Fobs need to be checked on more than Friday’s here Enda.
Scrapping Of The Bereavement Grant
We the elderly do not have to worry really about this, simply just leave our bodies to Medical Science and the State via one of the 5 medical colleges /universities, latter who in gratitude will provide an embellished coffin. They will cover the expense of (1) bringing the remains to Glasnevin Crematorium, (2) your cremation and (3) your ashes will be buried in the medical school’s private plot within two years of your death. So no problem for relatives here, unless of course you object to medical students standing around your stiffened freezing torso with a smile on their faces when they observe your hidden tattoos.
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Householders throughout Tipperary are being urged to cut down on domestic cleaning products and go back to basics when it comes to household cleaning.
The Southern Waste Management Regional Office (SWMRO), which manages waste recycling and prevention activities for Tipperary’s Local Authorities, has produced a ‘Greener Cleaning’ guide outlining how people can save money and help the environment by replacing household cleaning chemicals like bleach with relatively inexpensive traditional cleaning ingredients such as vinegar and soda.
“Every year millions of cleaning products are purchased by Irish consumers to clean and maintain their home. Many products are purchased to do a specific task and often languish under the sink or in the bathroom cupboard,” explained Pauline McDonogh, SWRMO Waste Prevention Coordinator.
Ms. McDonogh continued: “These chemicals become household hazardous waste and should be disposed of properly which can be a costly process. Furthermore, we tend to use household chemicals liberally and pay scant heed to dosage and usage instructions. It should be remembered that most of these chemicals are discharged to the sewers as waste water which requires significant treatment before it becomes potable again.
There are alternatives and this booklet will get householders started,” stated Ms. McDonogh who added: “Our guide is simple to follow and is packed full of ideas on how to clean your home cheaply and environmentally friendly. Using five simple ingredients and following our recipes most cleaning tasks around the home can be tackled. The five wonder products are Soda crystals, bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, salt and lemon juice.”
According to Ms. McDonogh: “This EPA-funded research project highlighted the lack of public awareness of alternatives to the many unnecessary chemicals that we use on a daily basis. The ‘Greener Cleaning’ guide addresses this awareness gap by promoting the fact that household cleaning using more traditional products is cheap, effective and better for the environment and your heath.“
The free “Greener Cleaning: Environmental Tips for Domestic Cleaning & Hygiene,” guide is produced by the Southern Waste Management Regional Office, which manages waste recycling and prevention activities for local authorities in Limerick, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Carlow. The publication is also supported by the EPA and the Clean Technology Centre (CTC).
Note: The guide is available on request from the SRWMO at 061-496596 or by Emailing email@example.com
Carraig Donn, latter one of Ireland’s well known and premier retailers of Gift-ware, Knitwear, Ladies fashion, Jewellery etc has plans to establish a new branch store at the Thurles Shopping Centre later next month (November 2013). This move could create up to 15 jobs over the coming Christmas period the company reports.
They Are Hiring
Carraig Donn will now hold a recruitment day seeking new employees for this new Thurles store at the Horse and Jockey Hotel, on Thursday October 31st next, between the hours of 10:00am - 3:00pm, inc. and all prospective new employees are asked to call and bring along their CV and expressions of expertises. Carraig Donn are always searching for talented, passionate people who may have previous retail experience and thrive on working in a fast paced environment for our network of retail stores or their Head Office.
Carraig Donn is a truly unique Irish brand and has prospered since its conception as a craft industry retailer back in1965, growing into one of Ireland’s largest retailing outlets.
Carraig Donn still remain today a family owned and managed business concern and through its knitwear manufacturing plant in Westport, Co Mayo and retail outlets, now employ some 400 people nationwide.
When established this new Thurles branch will increase the Carraig Donn nationwide chain to some 33 premises in total and is seen as suggestive of the company’s strong continued growing strength in the retail market over recent years.
Commenting on the store opening in Thurles, the companies Managing Director Mr Pat Hughes has stated; “We are delighted to announce the opening of our Thurles store, and the creation of 15 jobs in the local area. We are in no doubt that there is a strong affinity and loyalty to our brand in the area, with Tipperary customer’s visiting our stores in Carlow, Kilkenny and beyond. We hope to bring our own unique offering to the shopping scene here in Thurles, through our fashion, jewellery and gift-ware departments.”
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be calling to Thurles, Co Tipperary early next week.
When: Tuesday 29th October, 2013.
Time: 2:30 – 5:30 (Afternoon Clinic).
Where: The Dome, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Go on – Help Save a Life………GIVE BLOOD.
For further details check their website www. giveblood.ie or contact them on 061 306980.