MTU Launch Cybersecurity Scholarship Programme.

Munster Technological University (MTU) latter, the merger between two institutes of technology, (Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology, Tralee since January 2021), has launched a cybersecurity scholarship programme, with applications now open to students.

All successful applicants are being invited to join a 10-month programme where they will receive a tax-free scholarship of €38,000.

Dr Donna O’Shea

While participants do not need to have a cybersecurity or IT background to apply, the programme will be provided with the necessary skills to evaluate, select and validate ideas for new cybersecurity products and services, which will contribute to the creation of new start-ups and innovations.

Students from IT, humanities and business are welcome to apply with the purpose of this programme to form teams with the combined abilities to produce the best cybersecurity innovations/startups.

The Chair of cybersecurity at MTU, Dr Donna O’Shea has stated: “To our potential participants: This is not just another training or startup programme, it’s a journey towards becoming pioneers in cybersecurity innovation and for you to make your mark on the world. We have the people, the mentors and some of the most advanced cyber security research infrastructure in Ireland for you to realise your success. Our graduates will be catalysts, educators, and leaders—architecting innovative cyber security solutions that bolster our national security and propel Ireland to the forefront of global cyber entrepreneurship.”


WEEE Ireland Join Aldi To Hosts April Free E-Waste Collections.

WEEE Ireland, in conjunction with the German multinational family-owned discount supermarket Aldi will host free e-waste collection days across the eight major towns in Co. Tipperary, including Thurles, Roscrea, Nenagh, Cashel, Cahir, Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel and Tipperary Town.

Co. Tipperary householders are being urged to bring their batteries, electrical, and electronic waste to a set of free collection days, to help Tipperary meet its national e-waste recycling targets for 2024.

WEEE Ireland dates for all collection venues together with Addresses and Eircodes are as follows:-

Tues 2nd April 2024 – CASHEL ALDI, Boherlough Street, Cashel, E25 YD58.
Thurs 4th April 2024 – CAHIR ALDI, Abbey Street, Carriggreen, Cahir, E21 DF29.
Tues 9th Apr 2024 – NENAGH ALDI, Springfort Retail Park, Nenagh, E45 K379.
**Thurs 11th Apr 2024 – THURLES ALDI, Kickham Street, Thurles, E41 YP28.**
Tues 16th Apr 2024 – CARRICK-ON-SUIR ALDI, Waterford Road, Tinvane, Carrick on Suir, E32 ED70.
Thurs 18th Apr 2024 – CLONMEL ALDI, Western Road, Clonmel, E91 EH39.
Tues 23rd Apr 2024 – ROSCREA ALDI, Green Street, Townspark, Roscrea, E53 TN36.
Thurs 25th Apr 2024 – TIPPERARY TOWN ALDI, Mitchell Street, Tipperary Town, E34 D786.

Remember: Anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled for free on the day, including old washing machines, TVs, toasters and kettles, electronic tools and toys, cables, IT equipment, mobile phones, remote controls, batteries, including farm fence batteries, and even watches.

In 2022, the equivalent of 216,157 tonnes of CO2 emissions were avoided by recycling e-waste through the WEEE Ireland Scheme as opposed to same being sent to landfill. Same is equivalent to the annual carbon consumption of some 4,323 hectares of trees.


Seventeenth & Early Eighteenth Century Penal Laws.

The penal laws, especially in Ireland, were a series of laws imposed in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries on Irish and English Roman Catholics and to a lesser degree, on Protestant dissenters.
Enacted by the Irish Parliament, these laws secured the then Protestant Ascendancy, by concentrating property and public office into the hands of the established Church of Ireland, latter who subscribed to the Oath of Supremacy, thus acknowledging the reigning British monarch as the supreme governors of matters, both spiritual and worldly.

Catholic bishops were banished completely from Ireland, while Parish Priests had to be ‘registered’ and also take the Oath of Abjuration, latter which involved swearing an oath of loyalty to the protestant succession and denying the son of Catholic James II, deposed in 1688.

Catholics were forbidden to have schools of their own or to have their children educated by Catholic teachers. No Roman Catholic could own a horse worth more than £5. They were forbidden to buy land, and they could not lease property for more than 31 years, while at the same time having to pay a rent that was to be at least-two thirds of the value of said land. Catholic could not carry arms, while the ‘Laws of Inheritance’ were altered allowing a son or daughter, who adopted the Protestant Religion, to become the sole heir/heiress to all property.

Various acts passed in the 16th and 17th centuries prescribed fines and imprisonment for participation in Catholic worship and severe penalties, including death, for Catholic priests who practiced their ministry in Ireland.

Above is a rare eighteen century brass bell-shaped, flared, travelling Communion Chalice. Same has a turned stem and foot (See centre pic) which can be neatly secured inside the cup when it is inverted unto a threaded screw, (See picture right). The piece, when unscrewed, and turned upright, reveals the base and can then be assembled correctly for use, (See Image left). The cup shape (centre above) is just five centimetres (1.9685 inches) high and the chalice when fully assembled is a mere 8.2 centimetres (3.22835 inches) high.
Pic: G. Willoughby.

Many older priests, however, refused to leave the country. They wore lay clothes, took up lay employment often as farm labourers, and ministered in secret to their flock. Mass was held, when possible, in the open air using a large flat rock; often a large stone taken from a church ruin, serving as an altar, in a sheltered part of a field, wooded area or barn. Because these activities were illegal, Mass were never scheduled and such occurrences was communicated verbally between those of the faith.
Lookouts were posted to keep watch for the dreaded ‘Red Coat’ army, who were always on the alert for large Catholic assemblies.

Most Bishops were obliged to leave the country at this time and eventually only two remained, same working incognito as parish priests. It was hoped that without Bishops, priests could no longer be ordained, resulting over time to the eradication of such persons over time.

Spying was encouraged. There were severe penalties for Catholic bishops and priests who remained in Ireland without permission. A reward of £20.00 was offered for information leading to the capture of a priest, and £50.00 for the capture of a Bishop.
Such rewards led to the arrival of the dreaded “priest hunter”. One of the most notorious priest hunters being John Moloney, Ballintubber Co. Mayo. To escape hanging for horse stealing, he was persuaded to become the priest hunter known as “Sean an tSagairt”, who had the protection of the British “Red Coat Army”, wherever he was summoned or went.

The custom of placing a lighted candle in the window of homes at Christmas is believed to come from Penal times. It was a signal to any wandering priest that it was a ‘safe house’, and that the family wished to receive the Blessed Sacraments.

Dublin born philosopher, Anglo-Irish statesman and member of Parliament (1766 and 1794), Edmund Burke, himself a Roman Catholic, the offspring of a Roman Catholic mother Mary (latter a cousin of Nano Nagle, who founded the ‘Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary ) and father Richard, a member of the Church of Ireland; described these penal laws as “a machine of wise and elaborate contrivance, as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment and degradation of a people, and the debasement in them of human nature itself, as ever proceeded from the perverted ingenuity of man”.

It was under such penal laws that brass and bronze Communion Chalices, such as that pictured above, were made secretly in the 17th and 18th century and used by Irish priests to discreetly minister to their flock. When not in use, the stem and the bell-shaped cup could be detached and easily hidden.

Catholic relief efforts in the late 18th century led eventually to the repeal of most of the Penal Laws by 1793. However, Catholics would continue to be hindered in regards to government service and participation until the passage of Catholic emancipation in 1829.

The Emancipation Act of 1829 admitted Irish and English Roman Catholics into Parliament and to all but a handful of public offices. Daniel O’Connell’s (1775-1847), Emancipation Act of 1829 admitted Irish and English Roman Catholic men into Parliament and to all but a handful of other public offices, but reduced the number of Irish peasants entitled to vote.
After 1829, Parliament no longer acted exclusively for members of the Church of England.


166 New Members Join An Garda Síochána.

Yesterday morning, 166 new members joined the Irish Garda Síochána police force.

Garda Intake Class No 233.

Intake No 233, having commenced their training on July 31st, 2023, have now completed their Phase 1, Stage 3 training at the Garda Training College, situated in Templemore, Co. Tipperary, and have taken their Oath.

Attestation Oath
“I hereby solemnly and sincerely declare before God [Words “before God” may be omitted from the declaration at the request of the declarant] that:-
* I will faithfully discharge the duties of a member of the Garda Síochána with fairness, integrity, regard for human rights, diligence and impartiality, upholding the Constitution and the laws and according equal respect to all people.
* While I continue to be a member, I will, to the best of my skill and knowledge, discharge all my duties according to law.

* I do not belong to, and will not while I remain a member form, belong to or subscribe to, any political party or secret society whatsoever”.

The Garda “Attestation Oath”, above, is sworn by all members of An Garda Siochana and the Garda Reserve.

Congratulations to all.


Mary Immaculate College Thurles – Student Experience Day Sat. April 13th.

The Thurles Mary Immaculate College (MIC) situated on Cathedral Street, in the town, [formerly St. Patrick’s College], will hold a ‘Student Experience Day’ on Saturday April 13th 2024, from 9.30am-2.30pm.

Can’t attend on that day! Then a similar MIC ‘Limerick Student Experience Day, will also take place on Thursday May 2nd 2024, from 10:00am-1:00pm.

Not to be missed; both these MIC Student Experience Days, being held this coming April and May, will offer a taste of what it is like to be a student on both of the current Mary Immaculate College campuses, here first in Thurles and later in Limerick; offering prospective students a chance to experience at first hand a sense of what it is like to be an MIC student.

The MIC Thurles Student Experience Day deserves an entry in every prospective student’s diary, for those interested in a future career in post-primary teacher.
Prospective students will get a chance to experience lectures in the subjects being offered at MIC Thurles, including Home Economics, Mathematics, Gaeilge, Accounting, Business Studies and Religious Studies.
A panel discussion together with question and answer sessions will take place, with current college students sharing their experiences of student life at the Thurles College.

The event will also include student-led campus tours, with lecturers on-hand to answer any questions attendees might have about MIC’s post-primary teaching degrees.