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Tipp. Co. Co’s Super Mattress Bonus Give-Away Begins Tomorrow.

Tipperary County Council’s Mattress Bonus Give-Away

Local Councillors and a Senior Executive Officer from “Environment and Climate Action”, stationed within the local Tipperary Authority, rushed out last week to announce on Facebook; on Local Radio and on local Press that an opportunity had arisen to dispose of unwanted mattresses at Civic Amenity sites across Tipperary.

With politicians on holiday, news and political self-promotional announcements, within Tipperary as a whole, were down to a mere trickle at the end of August. It was no surprise therefore that Local Radio; Local Press, together with Local Councillors, all of whom do not get out much anymore, should go into a ‘feeding frenzy’, with news of this “Super Mattress Bonus Give-Away” announcement, taking place only during the month of September 2021.

Well actually folks, readers need to read the fine print, it is only happening on 3 days during September – note 3 dates, are Friday 10th; Friday 17th and Friday 24th.

This event is being lauded as part of Tipperary County Council’s new anti-dumping initiative, with the mattresses to be taken in free of charge at Civic Amenity sites, instead of at the normal costs of €20 for a double mattress and €18 for a single.

You will remember that previously, the council, had discussed equipping themselves with MQ-9 Reaper drones to identify and annihilate fly tippers. One hoped that sufficient training would be given to councillors, when R9-X variant missiles were being used, so as to avoid collateral damage to ordinary unemployed local civilians. [Well you saw what happened recently in landlocked Afghanistan.]

OK, let’s examine the logic of this great “Tipperary County Council “September Mattress Bonus Saver”.

Firstly Remember, Thurles is the only town in all of Co. Tipperary that does not have a Council Civic Amenity Site, despite the town currently having the second largest population in the county. (Estimated Population 10,000). The result is that Thurles residents must therefore use the facilities enjoyed by other more influential upmarket towns in Co. Tipperary.

Clonmel (Estimated Population 17,500) Civic Amenity Site: Mattresses accepted only on Friday, September 17th, 2021 only from 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:00pm-3:30pm at their Carrigeen facility, Business Park, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
The return trip to Thurles is 99 km taking approximately 90 min driving time.

Nenagh (Estimated Population 9,500) Civic Amenity Site: Mattresses accepted on Friday September 10th, 2021 only, from 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:00pm-3:30pm, at their Limerick Rd, facility, Stereame, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
The return trip to Thurles town is 80km taking approximately 80 min driving time.

Roscrea (Estimated Population 5,500) Civic Amenity Site: Mattresses accepted also on Friday September 10th, 2021 only from 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:00pm-3:30pm at their Roscrea Civic Amenity Site, on Dublin Road, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.
The return trip to Thurles is 70km, taking approximately 80 min driving time.

Donohill Tipperary (Estimated Population 5,500) Civic Amenity Site: Mattresses accepted only on Friday September 24th, 2021, from 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:00pm-3:30pm at their Garryshane facility. Donohill, Co. Tipperary.
The return trip to Thurles is 70 km, taking approximately 75min driving time.

And finally, Cashel (Estimated Population 4,500) Civic Amenity Site: Mattresses accepted only on Friday September 24th, 2021, only from 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:00pm-3:30pm at their Wallers’ Lot facility Clonmel Road, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.
The return trip to Thurles is 50 km, taking approximately 45 min driving time.

Mattress Transport:
Since double or indeed single spring or memory foam mattresses will not fit in most motor vehicles; a van or trailer is actually required to transport your mattress.

Then the first three questions that you need to ask yourself is:- (1) “Do I own a car or is the husband or wife gone to Dublin to work, using it”? (2) “Have I got a hitch on my car”?, and finally (3) “Do I hold a licence to tow a trailer”?

With Irish Amazon’s ‘fulfilment centre’, set to create 500 jobs, no longer coming to the Munster Hotel area in Thurles, thanks to useless self-promoting and nest feathering politicians, can the man or woman in your life inform their Dublin employer that “I need to take Friday off, to get rid of a badly stained double or single (or both), mattress“?

[Of course if you work in the Public Service, you should be OK. Unlike every other employment in our State you will be allowed, without question, to “pull a 3 day sicky” a couple of times each year, without a request for a medical practitioner‘s cert.]

Since we are informed that a maximum of 4 mattresses are only allowed per customer, how will they know that 4 mattresses were not brought to more than one Civic Amenity facility?

Will the neighbouring counties of Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Offaly, Laois, Galway and Kilkenny, jump at the opportunity to suddenly traverse our badly defended borders, using false addresses and spreading the Covid-19 virus, in their effort to rid themselves of their smudged, splattered and urine blemished mattresses?

Assuming that you now use one of the many individuals currently licenced to operate a “material recovery business”, (latter businesses of which there are many in Thurles), a brief check today confirms that one double mattress and one single, cost €40 in transport costs.

Now, I can see why people wait until after dark to dump their trash out in the wilds of Templetuohy bog; in Littleton bog or here in Thurles on the “Double Ditch”, before then setting it alight to avoid detection through letters and other paper being accidentally included; thus causing “Wild Fires”.

However, what now leaves me suffering from cold sweats late at night, is the thought that the back office individual who dreamed up this great ‘Tipperary Council Super Bonus Giveaway’, could actually get elevated to a higher station, when their next annual increment is given the “nod and the wink”.


Warning To Thurles Motorists – Single Vehicle Collision On N75.

7:45pm, September 8th 2021: A single vehicle collision has just occurred on the Dublin road east of Thurles, (N75) opposite the junction of Ard Carraig and the entrance to the Anner Hotel at Lognafulla in the town.
Two sections of Thurles fire brigade, Gardaí, Paramedics and the Ambulance Service are currently in attendance at the scene.

While the cause of the accident has yet to be determined; motorists are being asked if possible to avoid the area.


Male Loses Life In Tipperary Road Crash.

Sadly, a man in his 40s has lost his life following a road traffic accident near Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.

The single-vehicle crash happened on the Faugheen Road at Mainstown in Carrick-on-Suir, Co, Tipperary, yesterday evening.

The driver, who was the only occupant of the car, received fatal injuries in the crash. His body has been taken to the mortuary at South Tipperary General Hospital, where a post-mortem is expected to be carried out.

The road at Mainstown, from Faugheen towards Carrick on Suir, is currently closed pending a forensic examination by Garda Investigators, with local diversions remaining currently in place.

Gardaí are appealing to any road users who were travelling between Faugheen and Carrick on Suir between 9:00pm and 9:30pm on yesterday evening, and who may have dash cam footage to please make same available.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact investigating Gardaí at Clonmel on Tel: 052 6177640 or the Garda Confidential Line on Tel: 1800 666 111.


Woman Dies In Motorway Traffic Accident On M8 Near Thurles.

A female, understood to be aged in her 60s, has died following a road traffic collision on the M8 motorway here in Co. Tipperary.

Thurles Gardaí are investigating the accident which occurred in the townland of Longford Pass on the M8 motorway, in the southbound lane, south of Junction 4 (Urlingford) and Junction 5 (Two Mile Borris, Co. Tipperary) at approximately 11:30am this morning, Tuesday.

The sole occupant of her car; she was fatally injured when involved in a collision with a truck.

Her body has now been removed from the scene to the mortuary in South Tipperary General Hospital. A post mortem is expected to take place in due course. The male driver of the truck, aged in his mid-20s, was treated for shock at the scene by attending paramedics.

The road remains closed in both directions with diversions in place as Garda Forensic Collision Investigators conduct an examination of the scene.

Thurles Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to come forward. Any road users who were travelling on the M8 southbound, south of Junction 4, and who may have dash camera footage is asked to make same available to Gardaí.

Thurles Garda Station can be contacted on Tel: (0504) 25100; the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111, or indeed any garda station.


Know Your NO₂ : Become A Citizen Scientist And Measure Air Pollution In Dublin.

With all of the job creation here in Ireland, being created in Dublin; the EPA and An Taisce are rightly worried about the amount of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO₂) within the city.

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO₂) comes mainly from cars, vans and trucks. It is an air pollutant and can have very harmful effects on your heart and lungs.

Down here in the clean air of Co. Tipperary we do not have to worry so much about Nitrogen Dioxide, since most of our rural working population have long since migrated to Dublin, mainly due to the total inability of our Tipperary elected Teachta Dálaí, who have demonstrated limited ability and even less authoritativeness within our government, when it comes to job creation.

Tipperary migrants please note: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and An Taisce are now looking for 1,000 people who live in Dublin to become citizen scientists and measure air pollution.
Selected participants will receive a small tube that will measure Nitrogen Dioxide (NO₂) in their local area. The sampling will be carried out over October and November this year.

If you are interested in helping the EPA and An Taisce you can get more information and also register to participate on the Clean Air Together project website www.cleanairtogether.ie.

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce launched a Citizen Science project, to gather new data on the quality of the air being breathe in Dublin. The Clean Air Together project is looking for 1,000 Dublin citizens to help measure air pollution in their local area.
EPA Senior Scientist Ms Stephanie Long said:
“According to a recent EPA survey, four out of every five people in Ireland believe that air pollution is a serious health risk, and two thirds of us think that it is a serious national problem. Recent EPA data shows that nitrogen dioxide (NO₂), which can have harmful effects on your lungs, is increasing in some areas around Dublin. By taking part in the Clean Air Together project you will know your NO₂. You will measure how much nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) is in your local area and your measurement – together with all of the other data collected – will give us a detailed picture of air quality in the city.”

Taking part in the project could not be simpler – you don’t need to be an expert, and the project is open to everyone. Once registered and selected, you will receive a pack in the post containing a small tube. Your pack will also include simple instructions for installing the tube outside your home or business and how to register it online.

As one of the 1,000 participants, you will install your tube on Friday 8th October and leave it in place for four weeks. The tube will measure the levels of nitrogen dioxide – without you even knowing that it is there. After the four weeks, you will post the tube back to the EPA free of charge. Your tube will be sent for analysis and you will get a copy of your results once it has been analysed.

Mr Anthony Purcell from An Taisce added:
“The Clean Air Together project is a great opportunity for people from all communities and backgrounds in Dublin to become Citizen Scientists. This small tube for measuring NO₂ is no bigger than the size of a crayon and is simple to set up. While small, this tube can gather impressive information; the data from this project will promote positive changes towards better air quality in Dublin and inform public policy and action.”

You can sign up to be selected for the project on the Clean Air Together website cleanairtogether.ie.

All the results from this project will be mapped on the Clean Air Together website so that you can compare your results to those in other parts of Dublin. These results will then be combined with existing EPA air quality results to give a better picture of air quality in Dublin.

For further information on air pollution in Ireland visit the EPA at: https://airquality.ie/