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A Sunday school teacher asked her class, "What was Jesus' Mother's name?" One child answered, "Mary." The teacher then asked, "Who knows what Jesus' Father's name was?" Another child said, "The Verge." Confused, the teacher asked, "Where did you get that?" The little one said, "Well, you know they are always talking about The Verge 'n' Mary."

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Robin came home from her first day commuting into the city. Noticing that Robin was looking a little peaked, her mother asked, "Honey, are you feeling all right?" "Not really," Robin replied. "I'm nauseous from sitting backward on the train." "Poor dear," Mom said. "Why didn't you ask the person sitting across from you to switch seats for a while?" "I couldn't," Robin replied, "there was no one there."

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A patient was at her doctor's office after undergoing a complete physical exam. The doctor said, "I have some very grave news for you. You only have six months to live." The patient asked, "Oh doctor, what should I do?" The doctor replied, "Marry an accountant." "Will that make me live longer?" asked the patient. "No," said the doctor, "but it will SEEM longer."

Teacher: Joey, if you put your hand in one pants pocket and found 75 cents, then you put your other hand in your other pants pocket and found 50 cents, what would you have? Joey: I'd have somebody else's pants on!

One night , in a sleepy town a huge chemical plant exploded into flames. The alarm went off and departments from miles around raced to the scene. After fighting the fire for over an hour the chemical company president approached the fire chief, "All of our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved! I will give $50,000 to the engine company that brings them out safely!" At that,the firemen attacked with a renewed gusto. Two hours later they still had not gained any ground. At that, the company president offered $100,000 to the engine company that brought out the company's secret files.In the distance, the wail of yet another siren was heard and soon another fire truck came into sight. The fire chief shook his head, aware it was that little rinky-dink volunteer fire company composed entirely of men over 65. Much to his amazement, though, the fire engine raced through the chemical plant gates and drove right into the middle of the inferno. He could see the old timers hopping off their rig , fighting the fire with an effort that he had never before witnessed. Less than an hour later, the fire was out and the secret formulas were saved by this group of volunteers! The chemical company president was so ecstatic he doubled the reward to $200,000! After thanking the volunteers , the chemical company president couldn't help but ask what they planned to do with the reward money.The engineer (driver) looked him tight in the eye, ready with his answer. "First thing we 'll do is fix the stupid brakes on that truck!"

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Vote for Tipperary's Health Hero A 12 year old Tipperary student, Marguerite Butler from Mhuire na Trocaire National School in Cahir, is a finalist in the Le Crunch Health Heroes poster competition. Her poster, which illustrates the theme 'Picture of Health' by promoting good food choices and a healthy lifestyle, will now go on display in all Dunnes Stores outlets and she needs YOUR help to win. Shoppers will find forms in store and are asked to vote for their favourite

poster in each of the three categories: Age 8 and Under, Age 9-10 and Age 11-13. The winning primary school pupils in each category will receive a €150 toy, music, sports or arts voucher and lots of Le Crunch goodies, as well as a certificate of merit. The winning posters will be on display from 25th February and voting will remain open as long as stocks of entry forms last. So get into Dunnes by the end of this month and support our local budding artist!

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Roscrea Community Games Anyone interested in taking part in the County U-14 Juvenile Quiz on Friday 6th March at 7.30 pm in the Presentation Convent (Secondary), Thurles please contact K. England on 21776. Our Art and Model-Making competitions will be coming up soon. The Art is Boys and Girls Un-

der 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 plus your picture must be on a Community Games activity/theme. The ModelMaking is also Boys and Girls Under 10, 12 and 14. Your model must also be based on a Community Games activity / theme.

Roscrea Athletic Club Training for Sprints, Long Jump, High Jump & Shot Putt continues every Tuesday evening at the Indoor Athletic Track in Nenagh. The costs are €5 each or €10 per family. The bus leaves The Park on Tuesday’s at

5.50 p.m. and returns at 8.00 p.m. sharp. Membership is due at the end of this month. All new members are welcome

Killaloe Coast Guard Volunteers To March In New York Parade Minister of State and Clare T.D. Tony Killeen has congratulated the Killaloe Coast Guard Unit on being appointed the first ever Coast Guard representatives to march in a New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The volunteers have been invited to march in New York, at the invitation of the US Coast Guard. Meanwhile, Minister of State Noel Ahern TD this week presented Irish, US and Irish Coast Guard marching flags to a delegation of the East Clare unit. “This is a very prestigious honour for Killaloe Coast Guard Unit’s 26 volunteers who have provided an invaluable service to the public since it was established as Ireland’s first Inland Coast Guard Unit,” stated Minister Killeen. He continued, “These volunteers, who are all fully qualified in Water Rescue, Land Search & Rescue, First Aid Response and Mountain

Rescue, fully deserve the honour as they give freely of their valuable time and effort to local community and those in peril on Lough Derg and the River Shannon. I wish them the best of luck and know that they will represent County Clare and the wider region with pride next month.” Killaloe Coast Guard Unit is just one of 55 Coast Guard Units in the Republic of Ireland crewed by a total of 1,000 male and female volunteers. All Units are operated totally by local crews. Training is provided for the volunteers, and these are available on-call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The equipment available to the Killaloe unit includes two emergency response vehicles, communication trailer and two Rescue boats, one on the water at all times and the second ready to respond on trailer to the inland rivers and lakes.


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23rd - 28th February 2009 Al Capp's world famous characters have been placed in an upbeat musical extravaganza. It is a satisfying mixture of hillbilly nonsense and sharp, critical humor that appeals to the sophisticated theatre goer as well as the child within us all. Set in a town called Dogpatch, what starts out as a calm day down at the fishing hole is quickly interrupted for Abner and his friends when a "Cornpone Meetin'" is called in the town square by Senator Jack S. Phogbound. This can mean one of two things-either an event of national importance has occurred, or there's to be "a hideous change in the Dogpatch way of life." Sure enough, a change is in the wind because the government has completed a study finding Dogpatch to be "the most unnecessary, no-account" place in the whole country, thereby setting the stage for evacuation of the town so that atomic testing can take place.

4th March 2009 Another great comedy from the Big Telly Theatre Company. Based on Spike Milligan’s legendary comic masterpiece, Puckoon is an hilarious and irreverent look at rural community life, an inspired piece of theatrical goonishness complete with borders, brass and bellybuttons. When the Boundary Commission arrives to draw a new boundary line down in the middle of Puckoon, chaos reigns as the townsfolk struggle to get the beer on the cheap side of the pub and procure passports to bury the recently deceased. Don’t miss this chance to laugh your head off. Admission: €15 & €12. Book tickets by calling 062 80520

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Express Gym opens in Nenagh What is Express Gym? And what makes it so Unique? Speaking with people who make New Year’s resolutions, such as to “work out” who do not then keep up the commitment, three themes stand out: 1. 2. 3.

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At Express Gym, you or a small group may have the whole gym and instructor to yourself at very affordable rates. Where is Express Gym? Just on the N7, from Nenagh side last building on left before rt turn for Ballywilliam church aprox 10 mins from Nenagh. Ideal for commuters to and from Limerick and Nenagh, also local people, where there just isn’t any where to walk safely any more. There is such a large variety of workout and classes available to choose from, each week I will discuss each session in more detail. Below is a brief menu. Dance Aerobics Kickbox fit USA Style Cardiolates Power Max Circuits Osteo Fit Fit pre/post Pregnancy Rehab sports injury Cardiac Surgery Open day, Feb 27 10 am – 9pm. Meet and greet, Free consults Regina 086 067 8806 Registered Nurse Bsc Fitness Specialist NCEF, ACE, ACSM

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Michael Kane, Managing Director at Curious Wines, commented “Winning this award is a tremendous accolade for Curious Wines. We’re a newly launched company and online sales are at the centre of our business strategy. To win such a prestigious award so early in our history against major na-

tional brands like Argus Car Hire, Three and Toyota Ireland is a thrilling confirmation that we’ve hit our web strategy exactly right.” The Cork company launched in November 2008 and offers over 300 hand selected wines from around the world with free next day delivery across Ireland. With warehouse pricing, regular discount schemes, and cases delivered from €99, Kane is bullish on his company’s growth prospects in a recession economy. “We’re a value-based business, delivering an excellent product at tremendous savings. Wine connoisseurs enjoy browsing our ranges of new of wines across all price points,

and everyday consumers are taking advantage of the opportunity to broaden their wine horizons and move a step above supermarket offerings with a 100% guarantee.” Sabrina Dent, the Cork designer who built the CuriousWines.ie site, added “This award is particularly timely because it demonstrates that you don’t have to go to the big Dublin agencies and spend tens or hundreds of thousands of euro to design and build a world class site that competes with the biggest national brands. Small businesses can still succeed in this economy, even with small budgets.”

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“The Government and Local Authorities across the country have inherited this problem and must intervene by devising and implementing more significant and long term corrective measures. If they fail to do so then Sligo householders will continue to waste millions of Euro each year on heating poorly insulated homes. In the meantime, the Government must ensure that the newly announced insulation scheme is implemented effectively,” Mr. Flynn noted. He commented, “Central to ensuring the success of the new programme will be the quality of the initial Building Energy Regulations (BER) assessment of individual homes and the subsequent signing off of the works. Consumer protection is paramount and I would hope that the BER assessors being employed under this scheme will be competently qualified.” “RESS hopes that during these assessments householders will consider renewable energy technologies as potential fossil fuel replacements in order to reduce their energy costs. This will further help the Government and Ireland to tackle climate change and achieve greater economic competitiveness and security of energy supply,” Mr. Flynn concluded. Meanwhile, RESS has called on the Government and Sustainable Energy Ireland to consider expanding the Greener Homes Scheme to include Sligo’s many local authority rented accommodation units. Dick Whelan, RESS Project Leader, said that long-term tenants should be entitled to individually apply for grants to improve energy efficiency and to incorporate renewable technologies in their homes. He added, “The upgrading of poorly heated and insulated social housing units will contribute greatly to Ireland achieving building efficiency ratings of 60 per cent by 2018. After all, the vast majority of these units were constructed before the introduction of environmentally sound construction methods and materials in the building of new homes in 1997.”


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Ronan Lyons, economist with daft.ie, said: "Many workers around the country could be expecting wage cuts of in the region of 10% this year, which means they will be looking for savings in their day-to-day expenditure. Falling rents and falling mortgage repayments will make a significant contribution to this."

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Our Lady of Lourdes First Appeared in February 1858 St. Bernadette was born in Lourdes on 7th January, 1844 and christened Marie Bernarde. On the 11th February in 1858, when she was 14 years old, she went with her younger sister and a friend to gather fireood and in the grotto of Massabielle, near Lourdes in southern France, Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette.

Berndatte joined the convent as a Sister of Charity of Nevers. She was known as Sister Marie Bernarde but never enjoyed good health in the convent. She died on 16th April, 1879 at the age of 35.

When her body was exhumed thirty years later, her body was found to be in a state of perfect preservation. It was as if she had just fallen asleep!

She revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception, and asked that a chapel be built on the site of the vision. During another apparition, our Lady told Bernadette to drink from a fountain in the grotto.No fountain was to be seen, but when Bernadette dug at a spot pointed out to her , a spring began to flow. The water from this still flowing spring has shown remarkable healing power, though it contains no curative property that science can identify.

Although there have been many apparitions of Out Lady, including places like Walsingham ,Czestochowa , Knock,La Sallete, Lourdes has become the most famous modern shrine of Our Lady.

Our Lady, appeared 18 times to Bernadette.

Re-training in North Tipperary Margaret Cox of Pitman Training, which has centres in Galway, Limerick and Sligo, has a longstanding history in the specialist training field. She says, “As the world of commerce and industry As the jobless rate in South Tipbecomes tougher, employers are perary reaches crisis point, figbecoming more and more deures show the number of people manding. They want employees returning to education is on the who are well skilled and prepared increase. Figures released today to invest in themselves and their by the Central Statistics Offices personal development. In a chalshow an increase of 2,335 people lenging economic climate bosses signing on the Live Register com- can’t afford to take chances on pared to this time last year. The people who don’t have certifinumber of people unemployed in cates to back up their skills and the county now stands at 4,928. experience”.

Numbers re-training in North Tipperary grow as unemployment levels reach crisis point

Research carried out by Pitman Training in South Tipperary shows 25 % of people in the county are now considering retraining due to the sharp rise in unemployment. Additional figures from the Joint National Internet Research Report shows, interest in classes and courses has risen sharply because of economic uncertainty, with 40% of internet users searching the web for information on courses.

To help people invest in themselves and ultimately improve their career prospects, Pitman Training is offering a wide range of executive courses including Legal, Medical and Accounts Diplomas to help people progress into a new career or secure their current position. Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint courses are also available to those interested in gaining or improving basic office skills

Travel By Sinead Ryan & Catherine Maguire Personal Travel Counsellors - Thurles

Disney World If you ask your kids to choose a destination for the family holiday, research shows that most of them will say Walt Disney World. Located in Orlando, Florida, it really is the ultimate place for families. No matter if your children are toddlers or teens; there is plenty to keep them entertained. Fortunately, there is plenty also for the parents to see and do. Disney World resorts even have babysitting services so Mums and Dads can have some quality time to themselves. But once you’ve done that trip and bought every one in the household a pair of Mickey Mouse ears, where else in the world should you go? Family fun comes in a myriad of forms. Introduce a new destination. Consider hiring a car or a camper and exploring a country like New Zealand or Australia via their roads and highways. It also presents a learning opportunity for the family, understanding the geography, culture and wildlife of the country visited. Children can get involved by studying destinations beforehand and

then helping to create a travel itinerary. They can participate in other ways, too. If you’re going on holiday to France or Italy, the children can listen to French or Italian language CDs and pick up a few useful words and phrases for the trip. No matter where you go, near or far, taking a family holiday is important. Today’s families are short on time and long on responsibilities that erode the amount of together time available. Holidays with the family help everyone reconnect outside their normal, daily routine, and most importantly, create memories that will mean so much in the years to come. We understand the unique needs of families and can create a travel package that makes everyone happy. Call Travel Counsellors on 0504 33333 or 0504 56729 or email: sinead.ryan@travelcounsellors.com catherine.maguire@travelcounsellors .com

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Mr. Joaquim Coello, Applus+ CEO Applus+ will assume responsibility for the provision of national car test- said, "We are very excited to start working and implementing our ing on 4th January 2010. knowledge and experience in Ireland. We will work during 2009 in Following a strategic review, in 2007 to examine the options for the the development of the necessary tools to deliver an excellent car testprovision of the National Car Testing Service, the RSA Board decided ing service at the beginning of 2010 and count on the experience and ento proceed with the procurement of thusiasm of all current employees in a single contractor to provide the Ireland to face the new challenges.” National Car Testing Service from 2010 to 2019. Roadworthiness testing of passenger cars in Ireland first began in January A tender process run in accordance 2000. At present, cars in Ireland are with EU procurement rules got unsubject to periodic testing on reachderway in February 2008. This process has now reached its conclu- ing the 4th anniversary of their first registration and every 2 years theresion and the contract has been awarded to Applus+ a Spanish com- after. A total of 833,357 cars were tested in 2008. pany. Commenting on the award of the contract Mr. Noel Brett, CEO, Road Safety Authority said, “Applus+ was awarded the contract for the provision of national car testing in Ireland after a long and complex tender process. The Applus+ bid was successful due to its competitiveness and represented best value for the Irish tax payer.” Testing of passenger cars in Ireland has been provided by National Car Testing Service Ltd. (wholly owned by SGS Ireland Ltd.) since January 2000. As regards employees of National Car Testing Service Ltd. Mr. Noel Brett, CEO, RSA said “The Europe-

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The RSA expects that the test fee will not increase and that it will be held at its current level in 2010. At present the fee for a test is €50 and a retest is €28. Applus+ is a leading multinational company in testing, inspection, certification and technological services. It is present in all 5 continents and provides services in more than 25 economic sectors. In the field of vehicle inspection, Applus+ is the world's second largest operator. In 2009 the company will perform more than 17 million inspections in Spain, Denmark, Finland, the U.S.A. and Latin America, with a total of 2,200 employees devoted to this activity.

• Reduce your speed, driving at 110 KPH uses 15% more fuel than at 80 KPH • Use Cruise Control for Motorway driving to maintain a constant speed, as it can prove 7% average fuel savings • If you have stopped for more than 40 seconds (e.g. level crossing), save fuel by switching off the engine • Use the Air Conditioning sparingly as it can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 20% • Check tire pressure regularly • Ensure your vehicle is serviced regularly • Remove unnecessary weight from the your car (golf clubs, roof racks etc)

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Doran Oil family run business in Thurles Seamus and Catherine Doran set up in business in 2008 trading as Doran Oil. Since then they have employed Francis Keogh from Garranroe as a second driver and Grace Costello from Lisduff Gortnahoe in the office. Seamus’s father Patrick Doran is also very involved in the business both in sales and deliveries. So also is Patrick’s brother-in-law Dermot Murphy form Curreeny Kilcommon. Dermot is a native of curreeny and has extended the business into the Kilcommon and Templederry area where he is well know. Seamus believes that with this down turn in the economy it is more important than ever for local people to support their local suppliers to save jobs. Our objective as a family run business is to deliver oil at very competitive prices in this current climate. At Doran Oil a very

professional service is provided working towards customer satisfaction which is of the utmost importance. Both Seamus and Catherine appreciate the level of support they have received from their customers to date and look forward to their continued support and referrals and hope that together

they will continue to grow. Suppliers of Agri & Auto Diesel, Home Heating Oils, Lubricating Oil and Tanks. Doran Oil Garranore Thurles Co. Tipperary Tel: 050445554 086-8538338

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by Ardle Culleton & Susan Hayes Know who you are in the market There are two types of the market participants – speculators and investors. A speculator frequently buys and sells whereas an investor is prepared to be in the market for the medium to long term. On average, only 5% of speculators will make money in the stock market. If you don’t know who you are, the stock market is an expensive place to find out. Market Myth – Is the stock market just for gamblers? No!!! Over the long term, business develops, companies generate profits and hence the economy grows. As a result, the market makes money over time – for example, the Irish Index has returned 14% compound per annum from 1983 2007. It is very difficult to make significant gains in the short term because an economy simply hasn’t had time to develop. This can be shown through “The Poker Analogy”. If four people play poker, two win, two lose but there is no new money created in the room. Similarly, in the stock market, there is no “new money” created in a short time frame. Find out what is available in the stock market There are two ways to invest in the stock market, directly and indirectly. Everybody knows the direct route - buying individual companies i.e. Vodafone. However there are collective products such as “Exchange Traded Funds” which simply generate the market returns i.e. the performance of the ISEQ, FT100 etc. Three Different Types of Investors There can be three different types of investor – Person A with €700 upwards, Person B with €10,000 upwards and Person C with €100,000 upwards. The stock market can cater for all of these people. For example, Person A could buy an aforementioned Exchange Traded Fund (i.e. ISEQ 20 Tracker) which provides exposure to the top twenty shares in the Irish market. Person B could buy a portfolio of ten stocks for diversification purposes or invest in several ETF’s. Person C has the luxury of greater scope for diversification both in shares and collective products. Four Horsemen of Stock Market Investing There are four “horsemen”, namely fear, hope, greed and ignorance. Many people experience the fear that a share might fall in value, hope that a share will rise in value and because of greed, hold on to a share too long. A disciplined strategy will neutralise these three emotions and education will eliminate ignorance, so

take a look at what training facilities are out there!! Stock Market Training While you don’t need to be in an expert in stock market terminology, you do need to have a general understanding of how the market works, some value terms and the practicalities of investing in the stock market. A professional stock market training company i.e. Invest Like The Best, can deliver all the training that you need in order to be successful in the market. Find a Strategy It is important to have a clearly defined investment strategy which is time tested as well as being easy to implement and to understand. As a result, you can identify what to buy and when to sell with ease. An example of this may be to look for stocks with certain established factors, i.e. shares with a high “Dividend Yield” for value or a high “Return on Capital Employed” for profitability. Identify the number of shares you will hold in your portfolio and for how long you will hold them until re-evaluation. Believe in your strategy and stick with it! Any strategy could underperform in a year, but the key is not to panic! Believe in the past performance of the time tested approach and remember that if you sell because the returns are down, you could very well miss significant future gains. If you fully understand your strategy, you will be confident in knowing that you bought value. As a result, stick with your plan and you will eventually reap the rewards. Develop a Plan If possible, try to add a regular amount to the initial investment. This will provide you with a disciplined approach going forward, an effective savings plan as well as building up your nest egg. Open a brokerage account Now that you know what to buy, the next thing to do is to open a trading account. There are both traditional and online discount brokers available. A traditional broker will provide you with more service, but will cost more. An online discount broker will require you to be more “hands on” but will cost you less.


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Does your business need help or restructuring? You may now be in the same position as many others entrepreneurs who were feeling the pinch in their business due to declining sales, failure to get paid, diminishing margins, pressures from financial institutions, etc. Why not contact the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board who can assist you through the assignment of a specialist advisor who may be in a position to restructure your business model, renegotiate your financial facilities and ultimately help you trade out of your current difficulties. The Board has a panel of consultants and mentors which they assign to companies on a one-to-one basis at nominal rates with over 90% of the costs carried by the Board. A comprehensive schedule of training supports is now available and can be accessed by telephone 067-33086 or e-mail to info@tnceb.ie. In the current climate, the Board will waive training fees if company circumstances necessitate. The Tipperary North County Enterprise Board is also running a series of training programmes over the coming months which includes a mix of morning, day and evening courses all designed with the new and existing entrepreneur in mind. Owners/managers seeking to improve the performance of their business are now invited to consider participating in the workshops/programmes listed below. Early booking is advised as numbers are strictly limited and places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Start Your Own Business (FETAC Accredited). This programme will be of interest to new start-ups or those considering setting up their own business. The course runs one night per week over 10 weeks. On completion participants will know how to write a business plan, have learned about the legal structures available to set up a business, identified what market research is about and have learned about pricing, costing and budgeting. A participant fee of €70 will apply. Managing in a Downturn. Running or managing a small business often leaves little time to keep track of international, or even national, economic indicators that might affect your sector and your specific operation. The challenge is to be aggressive and imaginative. Businesses that survive and even prosper during hard times must be able to look beyond the present to see the firm from a new perspective and to do business differently. Participant fee : €90.00 Selling on eBay: a one day introduction to selling your product or service through eBay. Cost: €20.00. Management Development Programme, with Blaise Brosnan, MRI. This course always receives an extremely high level of satisfaction with clients. It is aimed at existing firms, and will involve a mix of group training workshops and one-to-one on-site trouble shooting visits. The Programme will commence on Wednesday, 11th March and will run weekly over a three month period. “Counting the Beans” – Management Accounting for Owner Managers. How critical is good Management Accounting Information? Do you have good information to hand at all times? Can you instantly identify your monthly turnover? Do you know what your overheads are? This programme is run over 3 evenings with a participant fee of €40.00 “SMART KNOW” – Smart Knowledge series. This series of five workshops will help participants find new ways of doing business in the future. The programme will include hands-on group work that will show you how to add value to your goods/services. Cost: €40 per workshop, or 5 workshops for €120.00

The above programmes have been scheduled, however, we are constantly updating and revising our calendar, so please contact us if there you have a training requirement for your business. Other supports available from the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board include Capital, Employment and Feasibility Study Grants, Research and Development/Design Shannon interventions, Mentors, Temporary Business Advisors, e-Commerce Coaches, Website Development Grants, Exhibition/Trade Show Grants, Schools Enterprise Programmes and Women in Business focussed initiatives.

If you wish to find out more or if you are interested in discussing a new business idea or an expansion or diversification of an existing business why not contact the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board, Connolly Street, Nenagh at 067-33086, visit www.tnceb.ie or e-mail to info@tnceb.ie. County and City Enterprise Boards are funded by the Irish Government and partfinanced by the European Union under the National Development Plan, 2007-2013.

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Spring Training Programmes 2009 February Tuesday, 17 Tuesday, 24

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Managing in a Downturn – intensive 1 day action workshop (9.30—4.30) & 2 on-site visits. Nenagh €90 per participant “Smart Know” Smart Knowledge series of 5 workshops promoting innovation, R&D and the management of knowledge. Nenagh €40 per workshop, or €120 for series of 5. Selling on eBay - how to start selling your product or service on eBay. Nenagh €20.00 per participant.

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Management Development Breakfast Event—presenting details of upcoming Management Development Programme. Nenagh. Booking essential. Tuesday, 10 Sales & Marketing – one to one consultations by appointment. Nenagh. Free to eligible businesses. Wednesday, 11 Management Development Programme 2009 commences. A series of group training workshops (mornings) and on site visits for existing companies. Fee: €250.00 Tuesday, 24 “Counting the Beans” – Management Accounting for Owner Managers.—3 evenings—7.00—10 p.m. Nenagh. Cost €40.00 Saturday, 28 Start Up Bootcamp – Intensive 1 day Workshop—Thurles. Cost: €25.00 April Wednesday, 1

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Start Your Own Business for those considering setting up their own business. One evening per week for 10 weeks. Fetac accredited. Cost €70.00 Sccession Planning – one day - Thurles—Cost €50.00

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Succession Planning – one day - Roscrea—Cost €50.00

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Succession Planning – one day - Nenagh—Cost €50.00

Other upcoming courses include Sales & Marketing, New Thinking for New Marketplace, HR, Opportunities in the Environmental Sector. For further information on the full range of supports available, contact Tipperary North County Enterprise Board, Connolly St.., Nenagh Phone: 067-33086 Email: info@tnceb.ie www.tnceb.ie/training.htm www.tipperarydirectory.ie


Business Start-Up Incubator takes a different approach What is The GreenHouse about: The GreenHouse is the brainchild of Evert Bopp. As a serial entrepreneur he had become aware of the need for an incubator with a different, more business like approach. A lot of the existing incubators were either state run or owned by Institutes of Technology. These academic or bureaucratic environments are by their nature not conducive for creativity, entrepreneurship and decisiveness. A lot of the start-ups time and energy is taken up with “nonessential” tasks not directly related to developing their business or product. Application processes take forever to complete, every step forward is hampered by red tape and bureaucracy and form goes before function. The GreenHouse offers an alternative to this; start-ups have to go through an application process during which they are judged on their business idea & management team in order to determine their chances of success. If the board of management decides that the start-up has a more than average chance of success they will be offered a place in a 6-month incubation cycle. During this incubation cycle the start-up will not only receive office space and facilities, they will also be able to avail of a wide range of in-house professional services (legal, accounting, mentoring etc.) The people behind the GreenHouse will also open up their wide network of contacts to the start-ups and it will also become actively involved in developing the start-up. This all with the aim that the starting entrepreneur(s) can concentrate on developing their business, product or service. The GreenHouse aims to put all it’s resources behind developing the start-up into a revenue ready venture within a 6 month cycle. After this cycle the venture will be sustainable enough to independently explore growth & development opportunities. Another big differentia-

tor is that the GreenHouse does not expect the start-up to pay for this. Instead it will take an equity stake in the company. Experience has thought us that this avenue is most beneficial for both parties in the long term.

the equity stake in the start-ups. An We are certain that it will. Research investor would become a sharehas shown that there is a market for holder in this holding company and through this a shareholder in the this type of facility & service. By startups. We also offer investors a taking an equity stake in the startplace on the board of management ups we are taking a similar approach to the one taken by venture as we encourage active participacapitalists & angel investors. How- tion in the development & growth of the start-ups housed in the incuWhy now?: ever our approach means that we bator. We also expect long term The GreenHouse has been started will have a much more hands-on up now to combat the ongoing eco- involvement in the development of involvement and vision. nomic downturn. While there are a the start-up. This will improve the The story so far: number of admirable government level of success while also allowinitiatives going on the only real Since the initial decision was made ing us to keep a tighter control on way for the economy to recover is the management & development of to turn this idea into a reality in by an increase of private sector ac- the start-up. The equity stakes will January we have achieved the foltivity. The recent and future redun- be combined with buy-back options lowing steps: dancies by large, small & medium or exit strategies. Our incubator sized companies create a huge pool concept is also not completely new; 1) Secured office premises at prime of talent. location on O’Connell street in Y-combinator in Mountain View Limerick (free of charge for 1 year) California & BetaWorks in New With the right guidance & York are just two of the companies support a percentage of these peothat have been very successful with 2) Secured 2 high speed broadband ple are perfect candidates for devel- this hands-on approach. connections and 2 phone-lines free oping their own ventures. The past of charge (Eircom & WTS Broadhas shown that similar redundanband) Sponsors: cies in Galway (DEC) & Cork To assist the GreenHouse in it’s (Motorola) have led to significant 3) Build up a substantial panel of initial development we are develincrease in local industry and emadvisors & mentor that will assist oping a network of “sponsors”. A ployment. The GreenHouse can the start-ups in their development. sponsor is a person or company play an important part in developwho provides us with those servicing local and national business and es or products that we need to fit4) Received significant coverage in do this in a manner that is viable a out and equip the incubator facility. national & regional media viable commercial initiative in itIn exchange for their support sponself. 5) Entered into discussions with sors will receive publicity through the GreenHouse’s website and me- Dell regarding financial & material support Facilities & services: dia coverage. It also gives them The GreenHouse will offer top of priority access to all the new com6) Entered into discussions with the range office facilities (fully fur- panies evolving out of the Greennished offices), excellent IT servic- House. Please contact us to find out University of Limerick regarding possible cooperation es & support, meeting room(s), about or needs & requirements. canteen facilities (real coffee!), Contact: if you are interested in web hosting & development servic- Investors: es, 24-hour access, postage & cou- In order to fund the operating costs finding out more or if you would rier pick-up and delivery, central of the GreenHouse we are actively like to become involved in the Green-House incubator please conreception services looking for one or more investors. and more. To develop creativity The investment structure is through tact Mr. Evert Bopp on +353 (0)86 and to encourage networking we the holding company that operates 8645099 or by email on will have weekly informal meetthe incubator. The holding compa- info@greenhouselimerick.com ings where all start-ups discuss ny is the same entity that will own their business, their experiences and other issues. These meetings will borrow their format from the many Open Coffee Club meetings that have proven to be so successful all over the globe. The GreenHouse will also have a hot-desking Invest in your business NOW! facility where desks and meeting Call the Tipp Tatler to find out about room facilities can be rented by the the range of advertising options available day.

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Over €20 million paid in REPS payments to date in 2009 The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, confirmed that in excess of 2,000 REPS 4 payments have been made since late January, with payments so far exceeding €2 million, while a further €19.3 million has so far been paid to farmers in REPS 3 and a further €10.2 million will be paid this week. The Minister said that REPS 4 payments will continue on an ongoing basis, as files are cleared, and said that his Department had issued detailed instructions to the local offices to help resolve the many thousand files that less serious errors that can be corrected relatively easily. Mr Smith said that “several hundred files that had their queries resolved had been cleared for payment”. Minister Smith said that he was anxious that payments to eligible claimants are made as quickly as possible but pointed out that “only 11% of the

REPS 4 applications in 2008 had passed all the administrative checks and could, therefore, be paid immediately”.

“Our research programme at Moorepark is focused on developing low cost robust milk production systems”, according to Padraig French, Teagasc dairy researcher, Moorepark. “This is not the year to worry about filling quota, fill it only if it pays to do so. For some producers their cost structure is such that it may not be economic to fill quota. Postpone all non-essential costs this season and examine every cost ruthlessly. Prepare a financial budget and stick to it”, he concluded. “Cut spending - some production costs, particularly variable costs, can be reduced quickly while others will take longer to decrease. Feed, fertilizer and contractor costs account for almost three-quarters of the total vari-

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The Minister said that “in addition to getting the 2008 payments made as quickly as possible, I intend to ensure that future years' applications are processed more quickly and, to that end, it will now be compulsory for REPS planners to submit all REPS plans using the e-REPS system, which will have built-in automatic checks. This will considerably reduce the time taken to process the administrative checks which are currently required”.

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Minister Smith said that, in addition to processing REPS 4 applications, every effort was made to clear as many payments as possible before Christmas and some €90 million was issued to farmers in November/December, bringing to €313.5 million the total expenditure on REPS in 2008.

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Plan for Survival – Teagasc Advises Dairy Farmers Dairy farmers are facing a dramatic decline in milk price in 2009, and ‘cut spending’ is the message from Teagasc dairy experts to milk producers with a high cost structure. This spring, the projected milk price could equal or exceed milk production costs on many farms. Teagasc advice is to develop a financial plan now that establishes gross output, determines the income required by the farm family to live for the year and ascertains debt repayments. The remaining balance is what is available to meet milk production costs in the current year.

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able costs on the typical farm”, said George Ramsbottom, Teagasc dairy specialist. He said: “Put milking cows to grass immediately and reduce or eliminate concentrates. In difficult grazing conditions, three-hour on–off grazing can be used. All the protein the herd needs is in the grass. Grass increases milk protein percentage, increasing milk value by up to 3 cent per litre while reducing feed costs. Less silage is required and in turn contractor costs are lowered.” He continued: “Only apply enough Nitrogen to match your stocking rate. Teagasc recommends that only 28 kilos of Nitrogen per hectare are applied in February with a maximum of 49 kilos per hectare applied in midMarch at 2.5 cows per hectare. Research shows that you can substitute fertilizer N with light dressings of slurry on half of the grazing area this spring, further reducing fertilizer costs. Contact Teagasc for fertilizer recommendations targeted to match your own stocking rate.” Changes in EU milk price support mechanisms and a global decline in demand for dairy produce, which is being exacerbated by the worldwide credit crunch, are blamed for this unprecedented decline. Increased price volatility is now a fact of life in the agricultural sector.

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Special Olympics North Tipperary Fundraising 2009 Launch

Rachel Ryan Athlete, Michael Ryan Thurles Town Clerk, Ciaran Doughan Athlete, Mick Connell, Templemore Town Council, Viginia McDowd Mayor of Nenagh, Darragh McKenna Athlete, Senator Alan Kelly, Matt English CEO Special Olympics Ireland and Susan Starr Athlete.

Special Olympics Fundraising Campaign 2009 North Tipperary branch of Special Olympics Ireland launched their fundraising campaign for 2009 at the Civic Offices in Nenagh on Wednesday Feb. 4th

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The Special Olympics Ireland Fundraising Campaign 2009 will raise essential funds to continue changing lives of the 10,699 athletes and 18,000 volunteers currently involved in the programme. Crucial funds must be raised to recruit new athletes, train new volunteers and develop the programme in every community. Special Olympics changes lives. It changes the lives of people with an intellectual disability and also changes the lives of families, supporters, volunteers, coaches, fundraisers, organisations and companies involved. Your support can change lives too.

Special Olympics Ireland changes the lives of people with an intellectual disability by giving them a real opportunity to achieve in life, through sport. Belonging to Special Olympics has a powerful impact, not only on people with an intellectual disability but also on their families, volunteers and the wider community. The All Ireland Collection Day will take place on Friday 24th April in every large town and city across the island ensuring that every person in Ireland has the opportunity to help change the lives of people with an intellectual disability. Our goal is to raise €1 million in one day. If you would like to help please email sarah.joyce@specialolympics. ie

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Bizarre February holidays Robinson Crusoe Day 1 Groudhog Day 2 Hedgehog Day 2 Weatherman's Day 5 Bubble Gum Day 6 Boy Scout Anniversary Day 8 Laugh and Get Rich Day 8 Satisfied Staying Single Day 11 Blame Someone else Day 13 National have a heart Day 14 World Congenital heart Defect Awareness Day 14

My Way Day 17 Pluto (planet) Day 18 Chocolate Mint Day 19 International mother Language Day 19 Shrove Tuesday 24 Ash Wednesday 25 Inconvenience yourself Day 25 International Sword Swallowers Day 28 National Tooth Fairy Day 28

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Sponsored head shave Well known photographer Tom Ryan Casey is spearheading a fundraising drive to raise funds for research for a genetic condition which severely impairs vision. Tom is planning a sponsored head shave in Upperchurch on March 21st. A number of others will also be partak-

ing in the charitable removal of body hair by waxing their legs, arms, backs etc. Tipp FM are likely to be recording on the night. A great nights fun, pain and entertainment is assured. Watch this space for more details!

Tipperary Friends of Animals Tipperary Friends of Animals is a voluntary organisation that rescues stray animals and then tries to find good and loving homes for them. They also deal with the tragedy of cruelty cases which unfortunately are fairly common. These animals are also rescued and homes are found for them. Healthy animals are never put down and so all rescued animals are housed in foster homes until such time as a permanent home can be found for them. Unfortunately, the numbers of stray animals are increasing and trying to find space in foster homes is an ever increasing problem.

old when found in a ditch in the freezing weather just before Christmas. They had to be bottle fed and happily, are now healthy and mischievous puppies looking for someone special to adopt them.

Tipperary Friends of Animals encourages neutering of animals. This prevents unwanted puppies or kittens and the problems of trying to find homes for them. Sadly, people throw the unwanted litters away as is the case with these puppies in the photographs who were only ten days

If you would like to make a donation to the Tipperary Friends of Animals, please call us at 0868163707, or if you would like to adopt an animal, please call 0868133707. All donations would be gratefully received and a lot of little tails

We have to raise most of our funds through fund raising and as we are a voluntary organisation, all the money raised goes straight into the needs of the animals. With the recession biting hard, the sad fact is that the donations may be down but the incidences of stray animals may rise as people abandon animals they can no longer afford.

WIN €1000 of FREE ADVERTISING Information evenings in Tipp Tatler Magazine Perfect for any business! For your chance to win this fantastic prize simply text LIFE TATLER followed by your answer (A, B or C) to the following question to 57188 Q. Who won the All Ireland Hurling Championship in 2008? A. Kilkenny B. Dublin C. Kerry The cost per entry is €1.50. This is a once off charge you will not be charged again. Closing date for entries extended to 31st March 2009. There is no cash alternative. Judges decision is final. For full terms and conditions contact Tipp Tatler Magazine, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary or email: info@tipptatler.com. Good Luck!

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Energy Information Clinic 3rd of March from 7.30p.m to 9p.m in The Source Arts Centre, Thurles. Information will be available on solar panels, insulation, saving on energy costs etc. A questions & answers session will follow a presentation. Burial Grounds Information Seminar 5th March from 7p.m to 8.30p.m in The Council Chamber at the Civic Offices, Nenagh. Information will be given on the upkeep of burial grounds, grants and heritage advice.

Tidy Towns Information Seminar 10th March from 7p.m to 9.30p.m in The Source Arts Centre, Thurles. Frank Donaldson, a national adjudicator will be giving advice to Tidy Towns committees about entering the competition. Any committees hoping to enter the national competition for the first time are especially welcome. A questions & answers session will follow the presentations. For further information on any of the seminars contact Áine McCarthy, Environmental Awareness Officer in the Environment Section on 067 44784.

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Co. Tipperary HSE CommunityGames The County Finals of Four Indoor Soccer Championships took place in Moyle Rovers Sports Complex, Monroe recently. This event always attracts a large number of teams and the numbers of entries were up on last year. Thanks to all team managers who were extremely cooperative and to Bernard Feery, Sonia Bonelli, Kathleen Long, Michael Looby, and Bernard Browne, who all played their part to enable this marathon event to be run efficiently. Our thanks also to Pat O Connor who provided refreshments all day long. . Teams from Powerstown, Clerihan, Newport and Drangan all qualified for the Munster Finals. All winning teams are asked to please submit their Birth Certificates; photocopy will suffice, to games director Bernard Feery, Claremore Killusty immediately. Girls U13 Final was an amazing game between Powerstown Lisronagh and Newport. Both teams gave their all there was not an inch between them. Sarah McDermott scored the opening goal for Powerstown and they held on to their lead until just 2 mins from full time when Rachel Mulryan scored the equalizer for Newport. Teams then proceeded to penalties where Aoife Power and Abby Kiely scored a goal each for Powerstown to 1 score for Newport to give a final score of 3 – 2 in favour of Powerstown Lisronagh. Gold medallists were; Leanne Ryan, Everina Everard, Aoife Power, Sarah McDermott, Abby Kiely and Michelle McMeale. Managers Marion Power and Olivia Shanahan. Silver Medallists: Katie Ryan Ciara Ryan Ciara Floyd Hollie Reid Keely Lenihan Rachel Mulryan Caitlin Duggan and Orla O Brien. Managers Attracta Mulryan and Sean O Brien. Girls U15 Event Clerihan got off to a great start in the semi final defeating Powerstown Lisronagh by 4 goals to Nil. Stephanie Lawrence opening the scoring with a goal in the first half and sharpshooter Elaine Butler scored 3 goals in the second half. They had an equally good game against Newport in the final where all girls played a major role and scorers were again a goal each from Elaine Butler and Stephanie Lawrence winning by 2 goals to nil. Most of these girls represented Tipperary and Munster at

Newport Boys U13 Indoor Soccer Team Winners of Co. Tipperary Community Games Indoor County Final with manger Frank Gleeson HSE National finals in Mosney two years ago where they won bronze medals. Gold medals went to Elaine Butler, Aisling O Donovan Lisa Kirby Gemma O Dwyer Emer Lyons Stephanie Lawrence Roisin Cleary and Shauna Coffey. Manager Deirdre Hill. Silver Medals to Newport: Rebecca O Sullivan, Aoibheann Floyd Aisling McKeogh, Carol Berkery Aisling Mulryan Eilis Ryan Eimer O Brien Emma O Dwyer, Managers Attracta Mulryan and Sean O Brien. Area Secretary Maureen Berkery was among the many supporters who made the long journey to support the teams. Boys U13 Event. Commenced with an exciting match between Ballina v St Peter & Paul’s, Clonmel which resulted in a 1all draw at half time. However in the second half the boys from Ballina proved too strong for St Peter & Paul’s and finished on a score of 5 goals to 2. Scorers for Ballina were: Brian Connolly 2 goals James Murtagh 2 goals and David Kelly 1 goal. Scorers for St Peter & Paul’s were Michael Nugent and Niall Bowles. The second game was a ding dong battle between neighbours Drangan

v Mullinahone where Drangan emerged victorious on a score of 4 goals to 3. Scorers for Drangan were Conor Clancy who was always in the right place at the right time scored 3 goals and Cathal Mahoney scored a goal. Manager was Chris Hayes. Mullinahone goals came from Michael Dunne 2 and Graham Horan 1. Manager was Nigel Tendgill. In the Third game an exceptionally strong team from Newport defeated St Mary’s, Clonmel by 6 goals to 2 Scorers for Newport were Matthew Connolly and Liam Dufy 2 goals each James Rohan and Keelan Floyd 1 goal each. Fourth Game saw Drangan back in action against Tipperary Town, this was also a very close game with 3 – 2 victory going to Tipp Town. Goals were scored by Jamie Malone 2 and Frank Mooney 1 while Cathal Mahoney scored the 2 goals for Drangan.

whom Evan Gleeson scored 2 goals and kept Ballina scoreless. The Final was between Tipperary Town and Newport who were in sparkling form and were determined to take this title. Liam Duffy, Keelan Floyd, Evan Gleeson, James Rohan and Kevin Connolly all scored a goal each to become county champions by 5 goals to 2. Gold Medallists were: Conor Floyd Matthew Connolly James Rohan Evan Gleeson Conor Hickey Keelen Floyd Liam Duffy Kevin Connolly. Manager Frank Gleeson. Silver Medals to Stephen Cunningham Shaun Ballon Jamie Malone Gavin Hickey Frank Mooney Mark Touhy, Manager Mary Donovan.

U15 Boys Final The team from Drangan Cloneen consisting of James Buckley, Darren Boland, Jack Hennessey Kieran O Brien, Steven O Brien, Conor Cuddihy and Conor Gorey stood their ground, played a friendly match (Continued). and are now on their way to the Munster Final along with the other In the semi final Enda Brady’s team 3 winners which will take place in from Ballina fought hard to get the University of Limerick on Satback into contention but could not urday, March 28th. contain the strength of Newport for

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Increase Sales, call the Tipp Tatler 0504-51945 Upcoming dates for the diary are Friday 6th March at 7.30 pm the Under 14 Juvenile Quiz is being held in the Presentation Convent (Secondary), Thurles which is currently undergoing some minor works, please use the entrance to the Primary School and make your way to the Secondary Section of the complex. If anyone is interested in entering a team please contact your Area Secretary or Co. Secretary K. England on 0505-21776. Remember no mobile phones are allowed at the Quiz competition. The Art and Model-Making competitions are being held on 4th April at 12 noon in Gortnahoe/Glengoole. The Gymnastics competition is being held on 4th May in the Leisure Centre, Tipperary Town. It will commence at 12 noon with the Boys & Girls U8, followed by Boys & Girls U10. The older age groups of Boys & Girls U12, U14 and U16 will commence at 2.30pm and run consecutively. All gymnastics entries to reach Martin O'Keeffe (0878112968) by 30th April. The Swimming will also be held in Tipperary Town this year, on the 2nd of May at 3.00pm. All entries to Mrs. Breeda Christie by 17th April. At the most recent County Board meeting, County Child Protection Officer Mary O’Shea of Ballingarry encouraged every Area Child Protection Officer to complete the Code of Ethics in Sport run by the Local Sports Partnerships in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council. Our congratulations to St. Flannan's who held their very first Art, Model-Making, Project, SoloSinging, Solo Music, Group Music and Recitation competitions in the Community Hall in Dunkerrin on St. Valentine's Day. Well done to all the organisers, judges and participants. The National AGM will be held on 20th, 21st and 22nd of February in the Knightsbrook Hotel, in Trim Co. Meath. Tipperary will be represented by County Chairman Seamus Hogan St. Flannan's, NEAC Delegate Michael England Roscrea, Peggy Colville Fethard, National Youth Committee member Corina Kennedy Roscrea, National Director of Community Games Pauline Martin-O'Rourke Roscrea, Co. Secretary Kitty England Roscrea and Asst Co. Secretary Joan Hogan, St. Flannan's. The next County Board meeting will be held in the Horse & Jockey on Wednesday 18th March. The County Executive will meet at 8.00pm and the County meeting will commence at 8.30pm.

Newport Girls U15 Indoor Soccer Silver Medallists in Co. Tipperary Community Games Finals with managers Attracta Mulryan and Sean O'Brien

Newport Girls U13 Indoor Soccer Silver Medallists in Co. Tipperary Community Games Finals with managers Sean O'Brien, Attracta Mulryan and Co-Ordinator Bernard Feery.

Sports Quotes I always turn to the sports section first. The sports page records people's accomplishments; the front page has nothing but man's failures. ~Earl Warren

If only Hitler and Mussolini could have a good game of bowls once a week at Geneva, I feel that Europe would not be as troubled as it is. ~R.G. Briscow

new ballplayer cares about the name on the back. ~Steve Garvey

Every sport pretends to a literature, but people don't believe it of any other sport but their own. ~Alistair Cooke

The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The

The trouble with referees is that they just don't care which side wins. ~Tom Canterbury

We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time. ~Vince Lombardi

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Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan National Hurling League Tipperary sit on top of the Division 1 of the National Hurling League with four points and a score difference of plus 16 after early season victories over Waterford and Cork. Tipperary’s next match will be against Clare on March 1st at Semple Stadium, a rematch of the recent Waterford Crystal Cup Final. Liam Sheedy has already used 26 players in the two NHL matches to date with defenders Paul Curran, Declan Fanning, Diarmaid Fitzgerald and Conor O’Mahony the only players to play 70 minutes in both games to date. 13 Tipperary players have got on the scoresheet thus far in the National League while Patrick Maher (Lorrha and Dorrha), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh), Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) and Gearoid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons) have all made their National League debuts in the 2009 campaign. SWITCHING ON OF FLOODLIGHTS AT SEMPLE STADIUM Another notable milestone was reached in the eventful history of Semple Stadium on Saturday night last, when the new floodlights were switched on officially by Nickey Brennan, Úachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael. Almost 10,000 people were present to see the lights switched on and the Tipperary V Cork NHL game which followed. An tÚachtarán was accompanied for the switching on ceremony by Páraic Duffy, Árd Stiúrthóir; Jimmy O’Gorman, Chairman Munster Council; Barry O’Brien, Chairman Tipperary County Board; and Con Hogan, Chairman Semple Stadium Management Committee. A lot of work went into making sure the night was successful and ran smoothly. We are particularly grateful to Con Hogan, Chairman and Micheal Egan, Secretary of the Management Committee and the vast team of people they led to bring this ambitious project to fruition in a manner that is a great credit and source of pride to the GAA in Tipperary and beyond. We are also grateful to the Thurles Gospel Choir for leading the entertainment. It was heartening to see so many juvenile groups present. Well done to all the clubs and schools represented and to County Youth Officer, Andy Ryan for co-ordinating the arrangements for groups. And of course being St. Valentine’s night, the flowers and chocolates were a hit with the ladies! CENTRAL COUNCIL MEETING IN HAYES HOTEL

As part of the GAA’s 125th Anniversary celebrations, Central Council and the Management Committee of the GAA held meetings in Hayes Hotel on Saturday last. A photograph of the Council members and other guests was taken in front of the historic hotel before the meeting began. It is almost 125 years since at 3pm on Saturday, November 1st 1884, a small group of men, at least seven and possibly as many as fourteen, met in the billiardroom of Miss Hayes's Commercial Hotel in Thurles, and there founded the Gaelic Athletic Association for the preservation and cultivation of National Pastimes. The seven founder members were Michael Cusack, Maurice Davin (who presided) John Wyse Power, John McKay, J. K. Bracken, Joseph O'Ryan and Thomas St. George McCarthy. Also admitted later by Cusack to have been present was Frank Maloney of Nenagh, while the following six names were published as having attended by the more detailed press reports of the time: William Foley, Mr. Dwyer, Mr. Culhane, William Delehunty, John Butler and William Cantwell. All these were from Thurles except Foley, who was from Carrickon-Suir, like Davin. Did these men have any idea that they were founding an organisation that would become so successful and have such a significant impact on the sporting, cultural and social life of the Irish people? MOYNE TEMPLETUOHY DRAW MUNSTER JUNIOR B FINAL Moyne-Templetuohy’s junior B hurlers drew the Munster Junior B final with Bruree of Limerick on a scoreline of 0-14 to 1-11 on Sunday last in Raheenagh, Co. Limerikc. In a tense and often controversial finish Bruree were awarded 3 frees in added time from which they scored 3 points to draw level. The replay will take place on March 8th at 2.30pm in Raheenagh FITZGIBBON CUP COLLEGES HURLING Matthew Ryan (Templederry Kenyons) played in goals and Seamus Callanan (Drom and Inch) came on as a substitute and scored a point in Limerick IT’s 4 point victory over UCD in their group game on Tuesday last. The victory secures a quarter-final spot for last year’s beaten finalists. Their next game will be against Tipperary Institute / St. Patrick’s College. Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg, Annacarty) played midfield for Garda College in their defeat at the hands of NUIG in Galway on Wednesday. WIT secured a quarter-final spot after a comprehensive 1-18 to 0-4 victory over DIT also on Wednesday. WIT’s players from Tipperary all featured on the score-

board with midfielders Martin Dunne (Moyle Rovers) and Stephen Lillis (Thurles Sasfields) each scoring a point, full forward Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty-Rossmore) scoring 3 points and corner forward Ray McLoughney (Kilruane MacDonaghs) topping the scoring chart on the day with 6 points. FEBRUARY COUNTY BOARD MEETING The next County Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 24th in the Sarsfields Centre, Thurles. RCTLC SPORTS AWARDS March 7th will be a night not to be missed in Roscrea when the annual RCTLC Sports Awards are presented at the annual gala function which will be held in the Racket Hall Hotel. Among the Gaelic Games recipients will be Hall of Fame – John Dillon; Contribution to Sport – Hugh McDonnell; Special Award – surviving players who participated in 1949 All Ireland Senior Hurling Final between Tipperary and Laois; Hurling – Michael Ryan (Coolderry); Camogie – Michaela Morkan and Youth Award – Jason Fitzpartick (Roscrea). Hall of Fame recipient John Dillon captained Roscrea to their first county senior hurling title in 1968 and also won AllIreland Senior and U-21 hurling titles with Tipperary. Hugh McDonnell is a former principal of Cistercian College Roscrea where he coached hurling for 35 years. Under his tutelage, CCR won the All Ireland Colleges B titles in 2000 and 2004 and won Leinster Colleges B titles in 1986, 1987, 1997, 2000 and 2004. He has also given great service in several roles to Roscrea hurling club for over 30 years. Tipperary commenced their three in a row in the middle of the last century with a victory over Laois in the 1949 final and it will be special occasion for players from both teams to meet again nearly 60 years later. Among the Tipperary players still living are the legendary Tony Reddin (Lorrha and Dorrha), Mickey “the Rattler” Byrne (Thurles Sarsfields) and John Doyle (Holycross Ballycahill), who won the first of his 8 All Ireland Senior hurling medals in 1949. There will be 16 awards in total presented on the night and the guest of honour will be former Irish rugby international Moss Keane. Tickets at €55 each are available from the RCTLC office (Tel: 0505-23183). Midterm Madness at the GAA Museum School’s out and the GAA Museum has organised a week of special events for all the family. Among the events are:

February 16th to 20th at 14.30 daily The Telling Tall Tales Tour- Family Tour Take an extra special tour of Croke Park during the midterm break where the tour guide might be telling lies, tut tut! Come along and see if you can tell when our guides are telling tall tales or when they are actually telling the truth! Ages 6+ Booking is essential as places are limited. Adults €8, Child €4, Student/Senior €6, Family €25 Friday 20th February – 18.30, 19.00 and 19.30 -Let there be light! Floodlit tours The GAA Museum will open its doors for a special night of floodlit tours. What better way to celebrate the GAA’s milestone 125th anniversary than by discovering the magic of Croke Park under floodlights. Please note that booking is essential as places are limited. Adults €8, Child €4, Student/Senior €6, Family €25 Friday 20th February - Memory Wall Launch As part of its 125th anniversary celebrations the GAA Museum will launch a Memory Wall where visitors can add their memories of the GAA throughout the year. Saturday 21st February, 14.30 - 16.00 - Time Travellers - Art Attack Step back in time with GAA Museum staff to learn a little more about the founding of the GAA 125 years ago. Afterwards make your own GAA timeline with important dates from history and from your own life! Ages 6+ Booking is essential as places are limited. €4 per child. For booking or more information please contact Selina O’Regan, GAA Museum Education Officer by telephone on 01 8192361 or email at soregan@crokepark.ie. More information can be found on www.gaa.ie/museum. TIPPERARY GAA SCENE Information concerning all areas in the GAA will appear in this section in the future. If you wish to include any item of interest in future articles, please contact the County Public Relations Officer Ger Ryan at 086-8149146 or via e-mail at pro@tipperary.gaa.ie on or before 3:00pm on Monday. Visit the Tipperary GAA web site at http://tipperary.gaa.ie to keep up to date with all the latest news in Tipperary GAA circles.

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2nd Annual Motor Bike Charity Road Run - Malin to Mizen May Bank Holiday Weekend 2009 in aid of The National Council for the Blind of Ireland Again we are calling on all motor bike enthusiasts throughout Ireland to support the above event which is in aid of the National Council for the Blind. It takes place on Sat May 2nd to Monday May 4th 2009. Following last year's very successful run, which attracted over 120 motor bikes, we have decided to run the same route in reverse this year - starting in Donegal at Malin Head. The cost of entry is €500. This includes 2 nights B & B, 2 evening meals, breakfast, food stop, and full support team. Last year's event raised over €50,000 for the above charity. You can raise your contribution through sponsorship or by personal donation. A deposit of €250 payable to Billy Shanahan secures your place. Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited. For further information and bookings - contact: Billy Shanahan at 087 9253225 or by email: billy05@eircom.net OR Katriona Shanahan at 087 4106861 or by e mail: blazingbikers@gmail.com www.bikerschallenge.com

Pictured L-R Billy Shanahan and Liam Carroll at Malin Head after finishing the Road run 2008

Pictured: Billy Shanahan and Michael Carew at the gala dinner presenting a cheque for the funds raised from the 2008 Road run to representatives of the NCBI Joe and Breda McNally.

Pictured at the 2008 Mizen to Malin Road run some of the participants before they started the challenge.

Pictures Supplied by Lorraine O Sullivan

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Tipperary Institute opens Microsoft Sponsored Games Development Laboratory Tipperary Institute officially opened its Games Development Laboratory today. The Microsoft sponsored laboratory is equipped with the very latest technology to give students access to a state of the art learning environment. The laboratory is designed to help students start to build their software and games portfolio, assisting them to develop the skills which are sought by the growing game development and entertainment technology industry in Ireland and abroad.

thing which is vital for our economy. To achieve this we must have access to technology and to networks, something Microsoft is providing for us through its sponsorship."

"Innovation has never been as important as it is in today's economic climate. We need to embrace innovation in business, in technology and in society at large if we are to position Ireland a true knowledge economy. There is a demand for skills in games technology both from established global players and also To mark the opening, which from smaller companies based took place during Engineers here and abroad. The growth Ireland Week of Wonder, sev- of online technology means enty students from Tipperary, that the skills students will Limerick and Dublin took part learn on the course will be relin workshops at the laboratoevant and in demand," comry. The students used the latest mented Dr. Kevin Marshall, Microsoft games development Academic Programme Managtechnology XNA to create er, Microsoft Ireland, who their version of the classic officially opened the laboratoAtari computer game Asterry. oids. The new laboratory has been James Greenslade, Director of completed in time to host the ICT at Tipperary said, annual Games Fleadh which "Tipperary Institute views in- brings the games industry and vestment in technology as cru- secondary and higher educacial to our students' learning tion students from across the experience and for the future island of Ireland together. development of the knowledge For more information about driven economy. We aim to Games Fleadh events can be develop students who are infound at novative and dynamic - some- http://www.tippinst.ie/games/

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Irish Greyhound Board maintains positive outlook for 2009 The Irish Greyhound Board has released its annual figures for 2008, revealing an annual capital surplus of over €5 million. This will allow the Board to maintain prize money payments in 2009 at the same level as in 2008 and to drive its capital development program which secures the industry. The surplus of €5.1 million, well ahead of the €2.8 million returned in 2006 though marginally down on the record figure delivered in 2007. In December, in order to counter the damaging drop of 9 per cent in the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund for 2009, the Irish Greyhound Board announced a €2 million package of cost savings and rationalisation. Among the changes implemented were changes to tote and levy operations, savings from head office and track operation costs, and reviews of staffing levels and remuneration levels.

greatest benefit to the greatest number of participants in the sport; and also to press ahead with the the progression of our capital development program which develops the industry. In adopting these courses of action we are dealing with the short term needs of those involved in the sport and also ensuring that our facilities remain at the level customers expect.”

“The role of Irish Greyhound racing in betting shops remains strong, as evidenced by the continued welcome support of all the nation’s largest bookmakers as key sponsors within our sport. The Paddy Power Irish Greyhound Derby witnessed an important milestone last September when on track betting with Tote and bookmakers surpassed €1 million on a single night for the first time ever.”

persuading policy makers and political opinion formers that the continuation of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund is of paramount importance.”

“Tote betting, while down on last year, holds out significant hope for the future with the development of partnerships to provide Irish greyhound racing as a betting medium in international markets. Last year we generated over €500,000 in betting from Sweden and in 2009 this project will be extended to other European markets and possibly the British betting shop market as well.”

“Greyhound Racing continues to play a vital role at the heart of rural communities, as well as being an ever popular urban night out. Over €7 million was raised for local and charitable causes through fundraisers.”

“In financial terms this is akin to the government getting odds of over 100/1 against every runner in a six dog race, and yet still there are calls for the fund to be withdrawn. The consequences of such action for our sport of the people are grave. A ten per cent reduction in employment within greyhound racing would devastate many rural areas and create a €12.6 million cost to the government through social welfare payments and reduced tax revenue.”

“We have continued to make many positive advances in the area of greyhound welfare with track improvements at Harolds Cross and “Also on an overseas theme we unWaterford as well as a new injured dertook an initiative with Fáilte Iregreyhound transporter at Curraheen land which enabled 13,000 French Park. We have also developed links Salaries above €50,000 have been holidaymakers to take advantage of a for the re homing of greyhounds in frozen for 2009, while Chief Execu- pre-booking facility to enjoy a new parts of the world. We will contive Adrian Neilan and a number of ‘Night at the Dogs’. This single initi- tinue to devote energy and resource senior managers have taken a volun- ative generated revenue of well over to the vital area of greyhound weltary five per cent pay cut. €350,000 and has been rolled out to fare.” Spain, Italy, South Africa and ScanAdditional money has been targeted dinavia in time for the 2009 summer “Finally 2008 saw the introduction towards marketing of the sport to season.” of a loyalty card which rewards regconsumers and towards creating valular customers of our tracks, and the ue for money packages to help build “At home we completed the redevel- adoption of electronic funds transfer on what proved to be a very success- opment of Waterford stadium, and in to streamline and regularise the payful Christmas season. the early weeks of 2009 we have ment of prize money at all our commenced pre-construction on the tracks.” “We remain positive that the fundanew stadium at Limerick. The main mentals of the sport are strong, said contractors will move on site next Chairman of the Irish Greyhound Adrian Neilan, Chief Executive of month, confirming our confident as- Board, Dick O’Sullivan commented the Irish Greyhound Board. “In Desertion that greyhound racing will “We have recognised the ways in cember we entertained 34,000 cuscontinue to play a central role in which the general economic downtomers on Christmas packages and Irish sport and society for many turn will impact on our revenue and produced a return on total operations years into the future.” taken swift action to counter this so of €1.1 million, significantly ahead as to provide the same level of prize of budget and of previous years.” “The continued improvement in how money grants to greyhound owners, we communicate with our customers trainers and those on the front line of “There is little shelter however, from has continued at a pace. We will be our sport.” the economic storms that have afmaking an exciting separate anfected every aspect of Irish business nouncement later this week that “As an industry we are responsible and society over the past year.” there will be live television coverage for sustaining 11,000 full and part “While attendance rose at Harolds on eleven nights throughout 2009, time jobs, many in rural areas of the Cross which helped this stadium to covering seven separate tracks. Tote country. Overall we generate ecoperform very strongly, there was an betting information has been transnomic activity in the region of €500 overall 12 per cent drop in the lated into 12 languages, consolidatmillion.” number of race goers attending the ing our strong appeal as a great value country’s greyhound stadia. There night out to the new Irish communi- “We are a traditional, indigenous was a related 8 per cent drop in tote ties which are laying down roots. industry, the like of which is being betting turnover.” The Irish Greyhound Board website lauded and feted by government. Of has now been upgraded and the bet- particular importance in these diffi“We have acted quickly and with ting element provided a major concult times is the fact that our jobs are confidence to address the overall tribution to the massive jackpot pool rooted in Ireland and will not be ‘off slowdown in economic activity and which grew at Harolds Cross in the shored’ to lower cost economies.” how it affects our sport. The action week before Christmas.” we have taken enables us to maintain “Yet despite this enormous benefit to prize money which provides the Ireland we face a great challenge in

“Those 11,000 jobs and half a billion euro worth of economic generation are supported by a net government contribution through the fund of some €3.5 million.”

“Without the fund, there can be no strategic planning, no certainty and no confidence in the long term future.” “The decision on the renewal of the Fund will be the single most important announcement of the year for the sport. We urge all involved in greyhound racing to make whatever representations they can to our elected representatives to ensure the decision is the right one.” Tote Betting (EUR€M) 49.3 2007 45.2 2008 Bookmaker Betting (EUR€M) 90.2 2007 75.4 2008 Total Betting (EUR€M) 139.5 2007 120.6 2008 Prize Money Paid (EUR€M) 12.1 2007 11.8 2008 Sponsorship Industry (EUR€M) 2.10 2007 1.74 2008 Attendances 1,281,684 2007 1,123,133 2008 No. of Meetings 2,145 2007 2,147 2008


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St. Therese of Lisieux O Glorious St. Therese, whom almighty God has raised up to aid and inspire the human family. I implore your miraculous intercession. You are so powerful in obtaining every need of body and spirit from the heart of God. Holy Mother Church proclaims you, Prodigy of Miracles”The Greatest Sint of Modern Times” Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petition. (mention here) to carry out your promise of spending heaven doing good upon earth of letting fall from heaven a shower of roses. Thank You. B.M.K. Prayer to St.Anthony O Holy St Anthony, gentlest of saints, your love for God and charity for His creatures made you worthy when on earth to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble & anxiety. Encouraged by this thought I implore you to obtain for me....(here mention your request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle, even so, you are the Saint of Miracles, O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition in-

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by Jim O Shea

Sexual Abuse (continued from last issue)

While all sexual abuse is degrading, rape is particularly so, and, is without doubt, very traumatic, leaving serious scars on the victim. There is evidence that it may result in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, with panic attacks, flash backs, or acute stress disorder. All of these require specialist therapy, and it is very dangerous for counsellors who are not trained in trauma to take on such cases. Whenever any of my clients disclose that they have been sexually abused, I see my job as to prepare them to go to a Rape Crisis Centre, if they wish to have therapy for the abuse. As far as I can see, those who rape are, by and large, men, and I think it is very unwise for male counsellors to counsel those who have been sexually abused by men. The gender gets in the way of efficient counselling and hinders full exploration and disclosure. One type of rape that has been overlooked is marital rape or rape by an intimate. It must be understood in the context of an abusive relationship. In the past when women were regarded almost as a chattel it was expected and accepted that the male partner was entitled to have sex whenever he wanted it, irrespective of how the female partner was feeling. Now it is recognised that marital rape is domestic violence in its worst form, and is illegal. Abusers, of course, do not accept this, and feel that their sexual demands must be met irrespective of the feelings of the partner. It is now believed that marital rape causes as much, if not more traumatic damage than rape by a stranger. Rape by a spouse breaks a deep trust, and causes the victim to question her value as a

lovable individual. It is so destructive because it betrays the fundamental basis of the marital relationship, and it shatters every understanding the victim has not only of their partner and the marriage, but of themselves. It can destroy the victim’s boundaries and lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Women sometimes may question if what is happening is really rape, but if she feels uncomfortable with the sexual acts that are happening then that is marital rape. It is also extremely destructive because it is rarely a once off occurrence but happens frequently, and the victims begin to question if they are condoning it by staying in the abusive relationship. Marital rape can take several forms. It may be violent, accompanied by physical abuse, it may be used as a form of ‘making up’ after a bout of physical or emotional abuse, it may mean holding the partner is one position so that she cannot move during the sexual actions, or it may be sadistic where the victim will be coerced into acts which degrade and humiliate her. The abuser may say that he wants sex because he loves his partner, and that the victim must prove her love for him. (continued in next issue) Jim O’Shea works as a counsellor from Furze, Thurles. Ph. 087 8211009 www.jimoshea.net . JimO’Shea’s book ‘When a child dies. Footsteps of a Grieving Family’ is published by Veritas. The royalties from this book will go tosthe Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.

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