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Mother Nature Confused In Thurles.

Mother Nature continues to remain somewhat confused here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Pics: G. Willoughby

Berberis (Barberry) (Top Picture Above)
The attractive, easy-to-grow, evergreen shrub Berberis (Barberry) loved for its abundant bright orange flowers, which are normally expected in late March to May, was in bloom yesterday, some 5 months early.
These evergreens shrubs bear small blue-black shaded berries much loved by our feathered friends, (birds).

Primroses (Irish: Sabhaircín) (Bottom Picture Above)
Meanwhile, our dainty and colourful wild primroses (from the Latin word ‘primus’, meaning ‘first’.) which can be found decorating grassy banks, woodlands and roadsides, have not been fooled and appear to be on schedule to bloom in early or mid-December.

Both the flowers and leaves of the Primrose are edible; the flavour ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens.

More importantly, Primroses are beneficial as an excellent early source of nectar for bees, as well as an attractive flower to brighten up your outdoor spaces.

Also keep in mind that according to Irish folklore, when primroses are positioned near your front doorway, same protects your home from an unwelcome visit by the fairies. In Ireland, fairies were blamed for stealing babies and children, especially boys with blue eyes and fair hair, leaving fairy substitutes in their place; so do take care. You have been warned.


Happy 83rd Birthday Tina Turner.

Ms Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on this day, November 26th, back in 1939. The American-born, Swiss singer, song-writer and actress remains still today the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, who rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, before deciding to launch a successful career as a solo performer.

To-date, justifiable her records have sold over 100 million copies worldwide, thus making her one of the best-selling recording artists of all time.

She has, to-date, also received 12 Grammy Awards, which include eight competitive awards, three Grammy ‘Hall of Fame’ awards, and a Grammy ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award.

She became the first black artist and first female vocalist to feature on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Rolling Stone ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of all time and the 100 Greatest Singers of all time.
Ms Turner has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame. She is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, [with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist 30 years later in 2021].

Ms Turner retired in 2009, after her “Tina! 50th Anniversary” tour. She married husband Mr Erwin Bach in 2013 at Lake Zurich, in Switzerland, and shares an idyllic home named “Chateau Algonquin”, with her family also in Zurich.

She is also a 2005 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honours and Women of the Year award.

Happy Birthday Ms Turner – You’re still simply “The Best”.

“The Best”
Lyrics by Holly Knight and Mike Chapman.

I call you when I need you, when my heart’s on fire.
You come to me, come to me, wild and wired.
When you come to me give me everything I need.
Give me a lifetime of promises and a world of dreams.
Speak the language of love, like you know what it means,
And it can’t be wrong, take my heart and make it strong, baby,
You’re simply the best, better than all the rest,
Better than anyone, anyone I’ve ever met.
I’m stuck on your heart, I hang on every word you say.
Tear us apart, baby, I would rather be dead.
In your heart I see the start of every night and every day.
In your eyes I get lost, I get washed away.
Just as long as I’m here in your arms, I could be in no better place.
You’re simply the best, better than all the rest.
Better than anyone, anyone I’ve ever met.
I’m stuck on your heart, I hang on every word you say.
Tear us apart, no, no, no, baby, I would rather be dead.
Each time you leave me I start losing control.

You’re walking away with my heart and my soul.
I can feel you even when I’m alone, Oh, baby, don’t let go.
You’re the best, better than all the rest.
Better than anyone, anyone I’ve ever met.
I’m stuck on your heart, I hang on every word you say.
Tear us apart, no, no, baby, I would rather be dead.
Oh you’re the best.



Plan To Erect 28 Hotel Bedrooms Near Rock Of Cashel Heritage Site, Sparks Outrage.

A current planning application seeking to build 28 hotel bedrooms in the vicinity of the Rock of Cashel, here in Co. Tipperary, has been described as outrageous by residents in Cashel.

This planning application follows a previous application last year for a similar project, which was subsequently withdrawn, due to the large number of objections.

Late Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away in September 2022, visited this site in 2011.

The proposed development (Ref 2260575) is seen as being detrimental to a bid by the Rock of Cashel site, to obtain UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination status; not to mention its impact on the immense history of the area.

We understand that not just locals, but Archaeologists, have objected to the planning application for the 28 hotel bedrooms; understood to be in two one-and-a-half-storey blocks, to be erected at Moor Lane in Cashel, on the southern base of the Rock.

The planning application, published in the Irish Examiner, has been submitted by Marymount Assets Limited, accompanied by a letter of consent from Trevester Unlimited Company, latter trading as Donoghues Bar, Mikey Ryan’s, and The Cashel Palace, Hotel.

The proposed application is seen as equivalent to developing a project a few metres from the great mound at Newgrange, Donore, Co. Meath.

Earlier this year, the Rock of Cashel tourist attraction was among three Irish applications sent for possible inclusion in the new ‘World Heritage Tentative List’ for Ireland, along with the 150 year old ‘Valentia Island Transatlantic Cable Station’; latter which heralded the birth of global communications, and the important ‘Passage Tomb Megalithic Complex’, which joins Carrowmore and Carrowkeel in west Co. Sligo.

In a submission sent to UNESCO, the Rock of Cashel is part of the Royal Sites of Ireland, which is strongly linked to myth and legend and associated with the transformation of Ireland from Paganism to Christianity.

Tipperary County Council officials, known for their failure to examine and protect Tipperary history, will accept submissions, on this application, up until November 28th next, with a decision expected to be announced on December 19th next.


Death Of Bid Scanlan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death, on Thursday 24th November 2022, of Mrs Bridget (Bid) Scanlan (née Berkery), Reiska, Kilcommon, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Pre-deceased by her husband Bud, brother Paddy and sister Mary; Mrs Scanlan passed away peacefully while in the care of staff at Milbrae Lodge Nursing Home, Newport, Co. Tipperary.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving niece Kathleen, nephews PJ and Johnny (Caplis), nephews-in-law, nieces-in-law, grandnephews, grandnieces, cousins, extended relatives, neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mrs Scanlan will repose this evening, Saturday at J & S McCormack’s Funeral Home, Kilcommon Cross, Thurles, from 6:00pm with removal at 8:00pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Church Quarter, Kilcommon, Thurles.
Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Sunday morning at 11:00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining graveyard.

For those unable to attend Requiem Mass for Mrs Scanlan, same can be viewed, streamed online HERE.

The extended Scanlan family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE

Suaimhneas síoraí dá h-anam dílis.


Risks To Public Health In Private Drinking Water Supplies Not Being Tackled.

  • One in 20 private water supplies failed to meet the standard for E. coli, compared to 1 in 200 for public water supplies. 
  • Local authorities are not monitoring over a quarter of small private supplies for E. coli .
  • More than 60% of government funding available to deal with water quality failures went unused by suppliers. 

The EPA yesterday released the Drinking Water Quality in Private Group Schemes and Small Private Supplies 2021.  

Drinking water is provided by over 380 group water schemes to approximately 200,000 people across rural communities in Ireland.

Additionally, over 1,700 small private supplies (premises like hotels, pubs and restaurants, crèches, nursing homes and national schools) provide water to approximately 60,000 staff, customers and service users on a daily basis.
Meeting E.coli standards is a basic requirement in the provision of safe drinking water. In 2021, one in twenty private supplies were found to have E. coli contamination, indicating that the water supply has not been properly disinfected.
The failure of these disinfection systems put the health of approximately 6,000 people, that use these drinking water supplies throughout the country, at risk. 

In addition, twenty-one private group schemes (7%) failed to meet the standard for THMs, including five schemes that the European Commission has identified as being of particular concern.
Trihalomethanes (THM) are a by-product of the treatment process and are formed where there is an excess of organic matter in the water source.

Commenting on the findings of the report, Dr Tom Ryan, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said:  “Compliance with drinking water standards in private supplies for E.coli and THMs hasn’t improved in recent years. It is essential that works to improve water quality are carried out as soon as possible to eliminate serious risks to people’s health. Private water suppliers are obliged to make sure their drinking water is clean and wholesome for consumers. Local authorities must investigate supplies that fail to meet drinking water quality standards and, where necessary, follow up with enforcement action to protect public health.”
Funding is available to group water schemes and household well owners for improvements to their supplies through the Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme (MARWP).

During the 2019-2021 MARWP funding cycle over 60% (€36 million) of funding available for infrastructural improvements went unused by water suppliers. 

Mr Noel Byrne, Programme Manager of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said:  “Water quality in private supplies consistently lags behind public water quality. It is disappointing to see that €36million of funding was not used by suppliers to address infrastructural needs at problematic private supplies. The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage needs to complete its review of rural drinking water services, with the purpose of providing direction and support to water suppliers and to eliminate public health risks.”

During 2021, over a quarter of small private supplies, serving food businesses, nursing homes, crèches and B&Bs were not monitored. In addition, although there are 1,700 small private supplies registered with local authorities there may be many more that are unregistered. If a supply isn’t registered and hasn’t been monitored, there is no information on the quality of the drinking water provided to consumers.

Water suppliers in conjunction with local authorities must ensure that private supplies are registered, and that monitoring is undertaken in line with the Regulations. 

This report outlines the actions that need to be taken to address the issues highlighted.
The full EPA report is available HERE