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The doorbell rang and the lady of the house discovered a workman, complete with tool chest, on the front porch. "Madam," he announced, "I'm the piano tuner." The lady exclaimed, "Why, I didn't send for a piano tuner." The man replied, "I know you didn't, but your neighbours did."

After a Beer Festival, in London, all the brewery presidents decided to go out for a beer. The guy from Corona sits down and says "Hey Sen~or, I would like the world's best beer, a Corona." The bartender dusts off a bottle from the shelf and gives it to him. The guy from Budweiser says "I'd like the best beer in the world, give me 'The King Of Beers', a Budweiser." The bartender gives him one. The guy from Coors says "I'd like the only beer made with Rocky Mountain spring water, give me a Coors." He gets it. The guy from Guinness sits down and says "Give me a Coke." The bartender is a little taken aback, but gives him what he ordered. The other brewery presidents look over at him and ask "Why aren't you drinking a Guinness?" and the Guinness president replies "Well, if you guys aren't haven’t a proper drink, neither will I."

A young man saw an elderly couple sitting down to lunch at McDonald's. He noticed that they had ordered one meal, and an extra drink cup. As he watched, the gentleman carefully divided the hamburger in half, then counted out the fries, one for him, one for her, until each had half of them. Then he poured half of the soft

drink into the extra cup and set that in front of his wife. The old man then began to eat, and his wife sat watching, with her hands folded in her lap. The young man decided to ask if they would allow him to purchase another meal for them so that they didn't have to split theirs. The old gentleman said, "Oh no. We've been married 50 years, and everything has always been and will always be shared, 50/50." The young man then asked the wife if she was going to eat, and she replied, "It's his turn with the teeth."

A vampire bat came flapping in from the night covered in fresh blood and parked himself on the roof of the cave to get some sleep. Pretty soon all the other bats smelt the blood and began hassling him about where he got it. He told them to go away and let him get some sleep. However, the bats persisted until finally he gave in. "OK, follow me," he said and flew out of the cave with hundreds of bats behind him. Down through a valley they went, across a river and into a forest full of trees. Finally he slowed down and all the other bats excitedly milled around him. "Now, do you see that tree over there?" he asked. "Yes, yes, yes!" the bats all screamed in a hungry frenzy. "Good," said the first bat tiredly, "Because I didn't!"


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Turning timber into beautiful pieces of art Michael Carew is a gifted craftsman who creates stunning works of art from beech, ash, oak, cherry, elm and yew. His creations of clocks, barometers, mirrors and other art works, are becoming more and more popular as his ability and ingenuity become known around the country. It all began in 1980 when he bought 16 acres of mature beech. Unfortunately when it was logged, they found that the wood was diseased which reduced its value. With a flash of inspiration, Michael decided to use the wood for other purposes and started Craft de Crumic. Michael had learnt carpentry at school which gave him the interest in working with wood and turning wood into art. After retiring as a dairy farmer, he decided to turn his interest in wood into a business. Michael not only works with wood, he also grows the trees. His 35 acre afforestation scheme is now approaching its first thinning. However, although a more varied species of trees can be planted in Ireland now, due to better land being brought into the forestry scheme, Michael is concerned about

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Blues Singer, Don Baker comes to the Source Ireland ’s legendary blues man is set to take the stage at The Source Arts Centre on Saturday 21st March. “Get on your high heeled sneakers” for a fantastic night of rhythm and blues as Don baker comes to Thurles for one night only. The veteran harmonica player is riding high on a new wave of popularity following his recent appearance on Celebrity Failte Towers and a new found interest in roots music. As far as harmonica players go, they don’t get any better than Don Baker. A veteran of the Chicago blues scene, Don played with many of the greats including Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter. He returned to Ireland in the 1980’s where he has become a household name as a musician, actor, writer and personality. His live shows are always famous for their energy and intimacy. So, The Source with it’s great acoustics and

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History of Mother’s Day The earliest history of Mothers Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honour Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. It may be noted that ceremonies in honour of Cybele began some 250 years before Christ was born. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. The celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome. Early Christians celebrated a Mother's Day of sorts during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honour of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ. In England the holiday was expanded to include all mothers. It was then called Mothering Sunday.

The more recent history of Mothers Day dates back to 1600s in England. Here a Mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honour mothers. After a prayer service in church to honour Virgin Mary, children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers. On the occasion, servants, apprentices and other employees staying away from their homes were encouraged by their employers to visit their mothers and honour them. Traditionally children brought with them gifts and a special fruit cake or fruit-filled pastry called a simnel. Yugoslavs and people in other nations have observed similar days. Custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday died out almost completely by the 19th century. However, the day came to be celebrated again after World War II, when American servicemen brought the custom and commercial enterprises used it as an occasion for sales.

All roads lead to Upperchurch this Saturday night, March 21st as local photographer Tom Ryan Casey has his head shaved in aid of the Mid Western Hospital Eye Unit in Limerick. Tom is looking forward to a great night in Murray’s pub in Upperchurch where he hopes a large attendance will make for a very enjoyable night by all who are there. Various other friends of Toms’ are also making themselves available such as Jim Grogan from Garrenroe who will shave his head with Tom, Frank Kelly from Rosemount and Brian Kennedy from Elmwood who are shaving their beards, Frank has his beard since the late 1970’s and Brian has his since fourth year in school so I’m sure both men will find it a strange sensation to be clean shaven! One brave man waxing his chest is Padraic Fahey from the Metal Bridge, Upperchurch. Most people would probably know Padraic from Thurles Bouncy Castles. Finally moving down to the legs, we have Darren Russell from Corbally, Andy Spillane and Derry O’ Donnell from Borrisoleigh. Andy would be better known for his fitted furniture from Andy Spillane Bespoke Furniture where Darren works with him and Derry is of Tipp Tatler fame.

not detected on time can lead to blindness. Tom’s oldest son Ayrton had an operation for this two years ago but thanks to the speed with which it was dealt with and also the expertise of Miss Hickey Dwyer and her team and indeed all the staff of the eye unit, the operation was a complete success and his sight is now fully restored to what it was before the detachment.

Tom wants to thank various people who will be on hand on Saturday night to help with all these tasks such as Georgina Kearney O’ Dwyer from Inc Hair Design and Leanne Ryan from the Beauty Rooms both in Thurles who are going to perform the shaving and waxing. Also Eamonn O’ Dwyer who is going to record the whole event for the Down Your Way program on Tipp FM and of course the Murrays themselves who are providing the venue on the night and who have been a big help with the organisation of this event. Last but definitely not least a big thank you to everyone who has donated items for the auction and the raffle and to anyone who has helped by getting sponsorship and spreading the word about this. Tom’s aim is to raise in the region of €10,000 for the eye unit and There will be lots of other attractions both he and his family are delighted on the night such as music by Golden with the response so far, “People are Sound from Cashel who will ensure amazing, once they heard about it, that you can dance the night away. they started to donate even before we Tom has also organised an auction of had the sponsorship cards, (which various items donated and mc for this were very kindly printed by Lion will be Joe Hammersley, butcher Print in Cashel) and we are very from Clonoulty. There will also be a grateful to everyone who has helped raffle on the night in order to raise us in any way.” extra funds. If you would like to donate to this With Tom, this is a charity close to cause then you can contact Tom eihis heart, all three of his sons are ther on his mobile @ 086 835 3329, short-sighted as is his wife Ita and all at the studio on 0504 45271 or by three attend Miss Marie Hickey-Dw- E-mail at, alyer, (who is from Cashel), in the eye ternatively make your way to unit in the Mid Western Hospital in Murray’s in Upperchurch this SaturLimerick . As a result of being day night where the atmosphere short-sighted there is also the risk of should be electric and a great nights detached retina, a condition which if entertainment awaits all who attend.

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The official flower of Mother's Day What is delicate, durable, and delightful all in one? The carnation, scientifically known as Dianthus caryophyllus,roughly translating to "flower of love" or "flower of the gods", . One of the world's oldest cultivated flowers, the carnation is appreciated for its ruffled appearance, clove-like scent, and extended blooming period.

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Cross Country Charity Ride The North Tipperary Foxhounds are having a Cross Country Charity Ride in association with the Irish Heart Foundation and the Friends of Nenagh Hospital. So why not come and enjoy a great day with like minded people for a good cause and also for the sheer pleasure of riding over the unspoilt Tipperary countryside and seeing the amazing views of Keeper Hill and the surrounding Valleys. All grades of riders are welcome and the cross country section over mixed country will include banks (optional), walls, rivers and hedges.


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Christians believe that the first carnation bloomed on earth when Mary wept for Jesus as he carried his cross. Carnations in these early times were predominantly found in shades of pale pink and peach, but over the years the palette of available colours has grown to include red, yellow, white, purple, and even green. The meanings of carnations include fascination, distinction, and love. Like many other flowers, different messages can also be expressed with the flower’s different colour varieties. Light red carnations, for example, are often used to convey admiration, whereas the dark red version expresses deeper sentiments of love and affection. White carnations are associated


The Charity Ride will be held on Sunday 5th April and will leave from Dolla, Nenagh, at 2pm. All are welcome and lift refreshments will be seved at the halfway point. So come along and support a good cause while having a fun-filled afternoon. Riding helmets must be worn. For more information contact: Tim Ryan (067)25287; Peter McCutcheon (087)2403311; Michael Clifford (087)6406037; Deirdre Reddan (087)7697348. Email: Adults €30.00 and Under 18's €15.00.

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Reducing the Cost of Central Heating Is it cheaper to run my central heating all day or use the timer? Generally only use heating when you need it, systems that are run all day raise the average internal temperature of the dwelling, which costs. The more control you have over the time your central heating and hot water are on or off, the more you save on fuel costs. Note the system would have to be designed for this type of 'on off' operation. Ask your plumber to advise on upgrading your controls. As a rough guide, you can work it out for yourself if you have a gas fired system. First read your gas meter and then run the system for a week using the timer, then read the meter again at the end of the week. Then leave the heating on all day (regulated by the thermostats) for the following week and take another meter reading. The difference between the readings will tell you which was the most economical, given that the weather was similar for both weeks. This is a useful test for assessing the most effective way for you to heat water, using gas or electric. How can I set the controls to reduce my running costs? Reduce the temperature settings: We find that the temperatures customers choose to set their controls at, vary according to their particular needs, but would recommend you set your hot water cylinder thermostat at 60 C (140 F) Set room thermostat at 18 C - 21 C (65 - 70 F) With young children or elderly in bed, the temperature should not be allowed to fall below 12 C (55 F). For severely disabled people or babies a room temperature of 23 C (73 F) may be more appropriate . Setting your room thermostat down 1 0C can save up to 10% on your fuel bill. If you have thermostatic radiator valves these will allow you to set individual radiators to lower settings such as in bedrooms where you may prefer a lower temperature (try setting TRVs on middle numbers and if too hot turn down one notch - if too cool, turn up one notch.) Reduce the time the heating is on: You will probably find that you can save energy without loss of comfort by setting the system to "come on" about half to three quarters of an hour before you get up, and to "go off" half an hour before everyone goes out. Set it to "come on" again half an hour before you get home and to "go off" again half an hour before going to bed. Is it economical to shut off my radiators? Yes, you can make savings by turning off radiators during periods when some

rooms are not in use but remember to close the doors otherwise warm air will escape into these rooms from the adjoining hallway or landing and reduce any savings. Also you must keep an eye on unheated rooms to guard against dampness or condensation. It is probably wiser just to turn them down. Also do not turn off the radiator in the same room as the room thermostat, the radiator would give wrong information about the temperature of your home to the room thermostat and affect the heating in the rest of the house. You could consider fitting thermostatic radiator valves in rooms such as bedrooms, which will enable you to maintain individual temperatures perhaps to lower settings than the rest of the house and so make savings in this way. Your plumber will be able to advise on the cost of replacing your existing valves. I have a boiler back unit. Is it cheaper to run the boiler or the fire? It is only worthwhile using the fire on its own for heating when you don't want to heat the whole house, perhaps between seasons such as early spring when outside temperatures start to rise and are less predictable. The boiler produces more heat and so uses more gas but of course, heats the whole house including the hot water. In summer is it cheaper to heat hot water all day or heat the water for short periods as required? It is generally cheaper to heat hot water only when you require it. If a cylinder is properly insulated, hot water will keep hot for up to 12 hours, so set the boiler to operate at times when you need to draw off large amounts of hot water. If you do not have a cylinder thermostat, ask a plumber to fit one, you will recoup the cost though savings in a relatively short space of time. When thermostats are turned down, radiators do not become warm below certain temperatures - in some cases this can be as high as 20°C Radiators are only heated when the boiler is 'on', the radiator valves open, and the time clock is switched to "on". Even then if the room thermostat senses that the room temperature is at the required level, the boiler will not come on. If the room thermostat is set at 20 deg.C and senses that the room temperature is registering 20 deg.C , then the boiler will not operate and the radiators will cool down. The radiators will remain cool until the air temperature falls and the room thermostat calls for more heat. Note: If radiators are heating up unevenly they may need "bleeding".


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Cutting Your Lawn Lawns are the most work intensive item you will have in your garden. During the summer months they can need cutting at least once a week. But is cutting the lawn as simple as pushing the mower up and down the lawn several times avoiding cutting through the electric cable? Here are a list of do's and don'ts for lawn cutting: * Never cut the grass too short, especially in hot weather. If its too short it cannot retain moisture and either you'll have to water it more regularly or it will start to brown. At the beginning of the season it best to start off with the mower set at its highest setting (so the grass is still quite long after cutting about 30mm). Then as the summer months progress reduce the fly-height of the mower above the grass so it cuts it shorter (about 15mm). The higher you can leave the grass the less weeds will grow and the more water it will retain on a hot day. * Mow the lawn regularly. It is recommended by experts that in the summer months you cut the lawn twice a week. Has the world gone mad? At other times just once a week will do. * Some mowers don't come with a grass collection box as standard and with them it is tempting to leave the grass cuttings on the lawn. This is OK if you cut the lawn regularly, but keep an eye out for moss, which may spread in areas where grass cuttings result in poor aeration. In dry weather leaving the grass cuttings on the lawn can help prevent it from drying out again saving you from watering the

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Student Enterprise Awards County Final St. Mary’s Secondary School, Nenagh, Gaelcholaiste na Suire, Thurles and St. Joseph’s CBS, Nenagh take top honours at the Student Enterprise Awards County Final

Now a key event on the County Enterprise Board calendar, this competition has been running for more than 10 years and is open to all second The winners of the 2008/2009 Stu- level schools in North dent Enterprise Awards promoted Tipperary. The initiative by the Tipperary North County is promoted countrywide Enterprise Board were announced by the 35 County & City at the County Final which took Enterprise Boards and is place on Wednesday last 4 March designed to offer stuKarim Gleeson – Junior Category Winner – photoat the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh. dents the opportunity to graphed with his mother and teacher, accepting his take a business from the award from Rita Guinan, CEO, Tipperary North Overall Winners: Texting 4 U – Sarah DarSt Mary’s Secondary School, idea stage, through mar- CEB. Watching on are Moya Breen, Tipperary cy, Emma Corbett and Clodagh Connaire, Nenagh, represented by Sarah Dar- ket research, production, Institute; Mairead English Maher, Tipperary South St. Mary’s Secondary School, Nenagh. cy, Emma Corbett, and Clodagh selling, record keeping, CEB Connaire with their business entry management and finally ‘Texting 4 U’ won the Senior Cat- writing a comprehensive report on egory while Gaelcholáiste na their activities. Students are then Runner Up (€400): ‘Skin Deep, Siúire, Dúrlas Eile with their entry required to mount an Jenny Carey, Joan Kennedy, Claire ‘Celtic Ogham Designs’ promoted exhibition/trade stand and particiQuigley and Niamh Maher, Presby Pádraig Ó Suilleabháin won the pate in a short interview. Entries entation Secondary School, Intermediate and Karim Gleeson are marked against strict a Nation- Thurles from St. Josephs CBS with his al criterion, which involves report business ‘Krafty Kardz’ won the assessment, setting up a trade stand Third Prize (€200): ‘Wired to the Junior category. In fact, this year / exhibit and participating in an Moon’, Shauna Walsh, Elaine all of the five participating schools interview. The winning entries Donoghue and Stephanie Moore, shared prize fund at the awards across the three categories of JunColaiste Mhuire Co- Ed, Thurles ceremony which concluded with a ior (first years), Intermediate product exhibition, student inter(second & third years) and Senior SPECIAL CATEGORY Best Presentation: Bridget Wright pictured with her view and in the case of senior stu(transition year, fifth years etc.) AWARDS (€60): teacher and Mickey Harte & Brian Ormond. dents a PowerPoint presentation. will now advance to represent ‘Most Innovative Product’, North Tipperary at the National ‘Deutsch Macht Spass!, Christina 93 students from 5 local schools Final to be held in the Tullamore Bowe, Emma Patterson, Lorraine exhibited 30 businesses at this Court Hotel on 14 May 2009. Morrissey, Sharon Morrissey, Our year’s final. RTE Personality, BriLady’s Secondary School, Teman Ormond made a welcome return This year’s Adjudicators were Ms plemore. as compère assisted by Micky Moya Breen, Director of Business Harte (former RTE “You’re a at Tipperary Institute and Ms ‘Best Presentation’, ‘Cards for All’ Star” winner). The winning stuMairead English Maher, Business Bridget Wright, Colaiste Mhuire dents were presented with cash Adviser with Tipperary South Co- Ed, Thurles prizes and certificates while the County Enterprise Board. As in winning schools received specially previous years the judges were ‘Most Original Idea’: ‘Stank commissioned glass awards as a given discretion by the Tipperary Away’, Aidan Loughnane and memento of the occasion. Prizes North County Enterprise Board to Patrick Hughes, Colaiste Mhuire were presented by Rita Guinan, award prizes to projects that exCo- Ed, Thurles. C.E.O. on behalf of the Tipperary celled in particular areas. This North County Enterprise Board. year Special Category Awards ‘Best Exhibition Stand’: ‘Hoodies In recognition of the key role the were presented for ‘Most Innova& Polos 4 U’, Sarah Louise Best Exhibition Stand: Hoodies & Polos 4 U the competition plays in promoting an tive Product’, ‘Best Presentation, Malone, Kate McDonnell, Margur- project of Sarah Louise Malone, Kate McDonnelly, enterprise culture in the county, the ‘Best Original Idea’ and ‘Best Ex- ite Gooney, Brid Stapleton, Cindy Margurite Gooney, Brid Stapleton, Cindy Selabo and Tipperary North County Enterprise hibition Stand’. The Special Cate- Selabo and Grainne O’Gorman, Grainne O’Gorman of Presentation Secondary Board had made available a gener- gory Awards carry a cash prize of Presentation Secondary School, School, Thurles ous prize fund of €3,500 along €60 each along with a framed cer- Thurles with Awards and framed Certifitificate. In recognition of the efcates. fort made by non-winners and the INTERMEDIATE CATEGORY: costs associated with the Winner (€400): ‘Celtic Ogham competition the Board Designs’, Pádraig Ó Suilleabháin, awarded Ordinary Merit Gaelcholáiste na Siúire, Dúrlas prizes of €30 to all enEile. tries outside of the major prize winners. Runner up (€200): ‘U R Framed, Brian Ó Lonagáin, Gaelcholáiste Details of the 2009 na Siúire, Dúrlas Eile County winners are detailed below:JUNIOR CATEGORY: Winner (€300): ‘Krafty Kardz’, SENIOR CATEGORY: Karim Gleeson, St Josephs CBS, Intermediate Winner: Padraig O’Suilleabhain, GaelWinners (€600): Secondary School, Nenagh. cholaiste na Siuire, Durlas Eile.pictured with his teacher accepting the award from Rita Guinan, CEO, ‘Texting 4 U’, Sarah Tipperary North Enterprise Board. 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Fairtrade Fortnight On Saturday 1 March, Tipperary Institute welcomed John Nuwagaba from Uganda as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. John is general manager of the Ankole Coffee Producers Cooperative Union (ACPCU). John has a degree in Economics and Politics and a post-gradate diploma in management. His organisation was established in 1998 and represents 6,600 smallholder coffee growers in the Bushenyi district of South West Uganda. The cooperative represents those farmers who supply the Fairtrade market with high quality Robusta coffee. The aims of the co-op are: 1. To develop the members skills so that they can export more produce

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Ballinree wins Schools Competition Bishop Harty N.S., Ballinree, wins Enterprise Board’s Primary Schools Competition

awarded to the three winning entries, with €700 going to Ballinree N.S., €500 to Scoil Na Maighne Moyne, and €300 to BorrisoStudents from 4th and 6th Class at Bishop leigh N.S. Winning schools were also Harty N.S., under the direction of Teacher awarded a framed certificate of achievement Joan O’Meara won the 2008/2009 “Interview and a photograph while the Teacher for each with an Entrepreneur” County competition winning entry received a €100 Book Vouchsponsored by the Tipperary North County er. Enterprise Board. This year’s runner up was Under the direction of Ms Ester Hogan, PrinScoil Na Maighne, Moyne under the direccipal, students from 4th, 5th and 6th classes tion of Ms Ester Hogan while 3rd place went at Scoil Na Maighne N.S., interviewed local to Scoil Treasa Naofa, Borrisoleigh under the entrepreneur Ms Breda Maher of Cooleeney direction of Ms. Butler for the second year in Cheese. The Moyne Students were coma row. mended on producing a very comprehensive report using maps, photography and highCEB officials visited all three winning lighting the areas that each student worked schools to present the prizes on Friday last 6 on. Again this was the first time that the March. The winning entry from Bishop school entered the competition. Harty N.S. titled “From Waste to Energy” The focus of Scoil Treasa Naofa, Borrisofeatured an interview with local entrepreneur leigh N.S.’s project was an interview with Tim Cullinan of Tipperary Milling Company Mr Richard Tynan of Tynan Design. StuLtd - a pig farmer whose enterprise is based dents under the direction again this year of in Ballymackey. The project was initiated Ms Butler produced a very well presented after Mr Cullinan was invited to the school and colourful report detailing the work of during Science Week to give a talk and anTynan Design and they also provided the reswer questions about his facility. The project port on memory stick. The adjudicators centred on the need for Mr Cullinan, follow- commented that the layout of the report was ing a directive from Brussels forbidding the excellent and that a huge amount of research spreading of slurry during winter months, to and effort had gone into to project. install an Anaerobic Digester at his pig plant Tipperary North County Enterprise Board which after a specific scientific treatment delivers a number of programmes annually, will transform pig manure into power and all designed to heighten business awareness fertiliser. The Ballinree project was selected and to foster an enterprise culture in the by the adjudicators and scored highest in cat- County. The Board support schools in the egories such as Innovation, Research, Overdelivery of a number of action based enterall Presentation, Teamwork and Lessons prise programmes intended to introduce stuLearned. This year the Tipperary North dents to the concept of entrepreneurship at an County enterprise Board received thirteen early age. Initiatives such as Enterprise Enentries and Ballinree emerged victorious on counter, Enterprise Days and Student Entertheir first occasion to enter the competition. prise Awards help to familiarise students The competition was judged by a representa- with business operations and terminology tive of the Chamber of Commerce and the generating an appreciation of the benefits Limerick County Enterprise Board. The that business brings to the local community Competition carried a generous prize fund in terms of jobs and other spin offs. worth €5,000. School prizes included a Lap- In pursuit of their objective to further link top & Case for the overall winning school enterprise with education and to cultivate an and Digital Cameras for the runner up and even stronger enterprise culture, the Board third places. A cash prize of €1,500 was designed this new competition for North Tipperary’s primary school students in 2006. Students are required to identify and interview a local entrepreneur/ successful business person. Based on this interview, students produce a report documenting the story of the entrepreneur and detailing their experience in starting their own business. Entries have to be original with the Entrepreneur coming from the local area. County & City Enterprise Boards are funded by the Winning students from 4th and 6th class, Bishop Harty N.S., Ballinree Irish Government and part pictured with their Teacher Joan O’Meara receiving first prize in the Tipfunded by the European Unperary North County Enterprise Board’s Interview with an Entrepreneur 2008/2009 competition from Rita Guinan, Tipperary North County Enter- ion under the National Deprise Board, Margaret Cullinan, Tipperary Milling Company Limited, velopment Plan, 2007 - 2013 Madeline Ryan Tipperary North County Enterprise Board and Tom Berkery, MCC and Chair of the Board of Management of the school.

Teachers and Pupils of Scoil Treasa Naofa, Borrisoleigh N.S. pictured receiving third prize in the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board’s Interview with an Entrepreneur 2008/2009 competition. The picture includes Richard Tynan, Tynan Design, Pauline Coonan, MCC, Rita Guinan, Tipperary North County Enterprise Board, Susan Hoare, Principal and Madeline Ryan, Tipperary North County Enterprise Board.

Pictured studying Scoil Treasa Naofa, Borrisoleigh N.S.’s entry in the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board’s Interview with an Entrepreneur 2008/2009 competition were L-R Susan Hoare, Principal, Pauline Coonan, MCC and Richard Tynan, Tynan Design, Borrisoleigh.

Students from 4th, 5th and 6th class, Scoil Na Maighne N.S., Moyne pictured with their Teacher, Ester Hogan, receiving runner up prize in the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board’s Interview with an Entrepreneur 2008/2009 competition from Rita Guinan, Tipperary North County Enterprise Board. Also in the picture Madeline Ryan Tipperary North County Enterprise Board.

L- R Pictured at the announcement of the winning school in Tipperary North County Enterprise Board’s Interview with an Entrepreneur 2008/2009 competition were Madeline Ryan, Tipperary North County Enterprise Board, Joan O’Meara Bishop Harty N.S., Ballinree, Tom Berkery MCC and Chair of the Board of Management and Rita Guinan, Tipperary North County Enterprise Board.


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agriculture that occurred over the last decade of economic growth.” She said, “changing market conditions will always be a feature of food production. For the graduates of tomorrow to succeed, there has to be a supporting environment which can assist them in withstanding price fluctuations.” At a national level, policymakers must realise that Ireland is a small open economy, hugely dependent on trade and that economic recovery must be driven by the wealth generating export sectors, such as the agri-food sector. Rowena Dwyer said, “the key incentives and schemes to encourage young farmers must remain in place. The renewed interest evident in the surge in applications for agricultural courses must be matched by policy decisions that ensure successful careers will follow after education and training.” Contact: Niall Madigan (01) 450 1931 / 086 822 8635 Morag Devins (01) 408 0044 / 086 263 3940

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St. Joseph’s College, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary are playing in the All Ireland U16 Camogie Final on the 28th March against St. Patrick’s High School, Keady, Co. Armagh. We wish them the very best of luck and encourage as many people as possible to support them.

Roscrea Community Games Roscrea was very well represented at the County U-14 Quiz Finals which were held in Thurles last Friday night. There were three teams representing the town and they were in close medal contention right up to the end. Congratulations to Aoife Fitzpatrick, John McCabe, Jack Delaney, Darragh Tomlinson, Simon Meagher, Thomas Deegan, Andrew Cullen, Kelly Maher, Ciara Ryan, Tristan Reynolds and Ciarain Bergin for making the Final. Many thanks to Corville N.S., Dromakeenan N.S. and Scoil Eoin Naofa for all their help in entering these teams. Our Art and Model Making Competitions will be held on Saturday 28th March in Minter na Tire Hall from 2.00p.m. to 5.00p.m. The Art competition is for Boys and Girls Under 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 & your entry must be on a Community Games event or theme. The Model-Making competition is open to all Boys and Girls Under 10, 12 and 14 & again, your entry must be on a Community Games event or theme. 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 Area Secretary K. England on 0505-21776. Remember no mobile phones are allowed at the Quiz competition. The Gymnastics competition is being held on 4th May in the Leisure Centre, Tipperary Town. It

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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 (087-8112968) 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.


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painting and large screen TV showing the days important sporting events. The racecourse facilities will be available including bar, toilets and catering. First aid cover is to be provided by the Civil Defence.

This Easter Sunday Tipperary Racecourse will play host to the first annual Tipperary Vintage Rally being held in aid of South Tipperary Hospice.

The event is being organised with the full backing of the Irish Vintage Engine & Tractor club and is scheduled to be a major event on the vintage rally calendar.

Being the first large meeting of the season the organisers are expecting over 600 exhibitors to attend including agricultural machinery, veteran road vehicles, motorbikes, military and classic cars. Stationery engines and other items from the past will also be present with an autojumble and trade stands on site. In addition to the above there will be tractor balancing and a Ferguson rebuild demonstration. For the family there will be bouncy castles, quads, merry go round, face

Entrance for exhibitors with pre 1978 vehicles is free. Further information with full contact details can be found on the rally website- along with a list of sponsors. For all enquires please contact Eddie Spencer: 0868772730 Steve Thornton: 0877579358 Jack Leonard: 0862716931

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Great response to Friends of the Sports Centre scheme There has been a great response to the Friends of the Sports Centre scheme, which was launched recently by the Canon Hayes Recreation Centre. The aim of the scheme is to raise 30,000 euro towards the provision of a Disabled Facility Suite at the Sports Centre and indications are that the Centre is on target to meet its objective. The provision of this facility is dependent upon the success of the scheme so it is great to see the backing that the scheme has received from the local community, particularly in these recessionary times. Over last weekend all households in the town received a brochure through their mailbox outlining the details of the scheme. Brochures will also be available in shops and outlets in neighbouring villages and those that haven't received any brochures should contact the Canon Hayes Sports Centre to arrange collection or delivery. You can become a 'Friend' of the Sports Centre by contributing just 2 euro per week to the

scheme. This is a very nominal figure and is just about the cost of a daily newspaper. Your contribution will ensure the provision of this facility which is an urgent necessity. Along with the provision of a Disabled Facility Suite it is also intended to install automatic doors at the entrance to the Sports Centre. Payments through the Friends Scheme can be made monthly (9 euro), quarterly (27 euro) or yearly (100 euro) by Direct Debit through the Bank or by cash/cheque for yearly payments. There will be two yearly Draws at Easter and Christmas for subscribers to the Scheme with a prize fund of 500 euro on offer. The first Draw is scheduled to take place on the weekend on April 10th so in order to be in the drum for the draw please ensure that your completed brochure is returned to the Canon Hayes Sports Centre by Wednesday April 8th. Further information on the Scheme is available from the Canon Hayes Sports Centre on 06252022.

Pictured at the Canon Hayes Sports Centre receiving the first completed memberships of the Friends Scheme were: (l to r) Ruaidhri Devitt (Chairman), Kieran O'Dwyer (Treasurer), Rina Roche (Manager), Conor O'Brien (Tipperary Hurler) and Martin Quinn (ViceChairman).

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The Chairman of South Tipperary County Council, Cllr. Tom Ambrose has launched a major initiative, which is spearheaded by FÁS, to clean up roads in South Tipperary. Addressing Community Employment Scheme Supervisors in Brú Ború, Cashel, Councillor Ambrose Fairy Fort Farm, Summerhill, Borrisoleigh (Just off the Templemore Rd. 1 mile from Borrisoleigh) said that he was delighted to launch 086-402 1659 the initiative and that he fully supported any measures that would help to clean up our roads around towns and villages in South Tipperary. He went on to say that the initiative had been an outstanding success in 2008 when over 32 tonnes of rubbish was collected in eight and a half thousand bags from our roadways. The youngest mother whose history birth to Joseph Robert on September Cllr. Ambrose said that the County is authenticated is Lina Medina, who 3, 1999, and Annie Jessica Joyce on Council fully supports this initiative delivered a 6½-pound boy by cesarMarch 30, 2000. The babies were and will provide as much assistance ean section in Lima, Peru in 1939, at born 208 days apart. as possible this year in the clean up an age of 5 years and 7 months. The campaign which is taking place in child was raised as her brother and Elizabeth Ann Buttle is the mother only discovered that Lina was his who holds the record for the longest conjunction with the National Spring Clean promotion. mother when he was 10. interval between the birth of two The County Council Chairman paid children. She gave birth to Belinda special tribute to FÁS and to Senior On April 9, 2003, Satyabhama Maon May 19,1956 and Joseph on NoDevelopment Officer, Liam O'Brien hapatra, a 65-year-old retired school- vember 20, 1997. The babies were teacher in India, became the world's born 41 years 185 days apart. The for spearheading the initiative. He oldest mother when she gave birth to mother was 60 years old when her said that it was a wonderful example a baby boy. Satyabhama and her hus- son Joseph was born. to everyone and he commended all band had been married 50 years, but the FÁS participants that were parthis is their first child. The baby was The highest officially recorded ticipating in the initiative. conceived through artificial inseminumber of children born to one Cllr. Ambrose said that the County nation using eggs from the woman's mother is 69, to the first wife of FeoCouncil were prepared to 'name and 26-year-old niece, Veenarani Mahap- dor Vassilyev (1707-1782) of Shuya, atra, and the sperm of Veenarani's Russia. Between 1725 and 1765, in a shame' anyone who was caught dumping rubbish on our roads and husband. total of 27 confinements, she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets that there had in fact been several prosecutions as a result of cases Jayne Bleackley is the mother who of triplets, and four sets of quadrubrought before the Courts by the holds the record for the shortest inplets. 67 of them survived infancy. County Council. The Council Chairterval between two children born in separate confinements. She gave man said that they would back fully

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any measures to pursue those that are responsible for illegal dumping. FÁS Senior Development Officer, Mr. Liam O'Brien said that South Tipperary had taken a lead in cleaning up our roads with this initiative last year and that the success of it was evident in the volume of rubbish collected. Mr. O'Brien said that he expected that over 200 FÁS participants would be involved in the initiative this year and that they had voluntarily agreed to give of their time to this campaign. He said that it was a unique example of people working together for the common good and he thanked all those who were supporting it especially the participants and supervisors. Mr. O'Brien also thanked the County Council and its officials for all their assistance and he said that it was an initiative that could be replicated all over the country. The campaign gets underway on Monday March 23rd and will run for 4 weeks. During that period you will see teams of people engaged in litter picking along our roads and we ask that all drivers take extra care along these routes so that the work is carried out safely. Please remember that you can play your part in keeping our roads clean by not throwing any litter from your car or by leaving bags of rubbish on our roadways. Well done to FÁS on this initiative which is one of the best contributions being made towards litter control in South Tipperary.


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of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, spleandour of heaven, Blessed Mother of the son of God, Immaculate Virgin assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea help me and show me herin you are my Mother. O Holy Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succour me in this my necessity (make request). There are none that withstand your power. O show me my Mother. O show me herin you are my mother. O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Say this prayer for 3 consecutive days and then publish and it will be granted. M.O.S. A Prayer to The Virgin Mary (Never known to fail) - O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, spleandour of heaven, Blessed Mother of the son of God, Immaculate Virgin assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea help me and show me herin you are my Mother. O Holy Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succour me in this my necessity (make request). There are none that withstand your power. O show me my Mother. O show me herin you are my mother. O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Say this prayer for 3 consecutive days and then publish and it will be granted. M.O.S.


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by Jim O Shea

Sexual Abuse (continued from last issue)

Dr Jim Hopper, an American psychologist knowledgeable on sexual abuse, cautions that children suffer ill effects from many sources, and when evaluating the effects of sexual abuse on them, all factors must be taken into consideration. Some of the factors he takes into consideration are other nonsexual experiences that the child has undergone. In relation to sexual abuse he makes the point that the age of the child is important, and the younger the child the more damaging the effects of the abuse are. He also argues that the abuse has greater effects when parents or people who are trusted by the child are the abusers. If the child discloses and is not believed, this, too, increases the negative impact of the abuse. One of the effects of sexual abuse of children may be Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, which is particularly difficult to diagnose in very young children. Sexually abused children may experience a wide range of feelings such as fear, anxiety, depression, anger and hostility, aggression, sexually inappropriate behaviour, selfdestructive behaviour, feelings of isolation, poor self-esteem, and difficulty in trusting others. Hopper is more specific about the consequences of sexual abuse on male children, consequences that they bring into adult life. They make depressing reading and include anger, fear, homosexuality issues, helplessness, isolation, and alienation, loss, masculinity issues, negative relationships with other children, negative thoughts about other people, negative thoughts about oneself, problems with sexuality, self blame and guilt, shame, humiliation. As adults such male victims also suffer such long term symptoms as anxiety, depression, dissociation, impaired relationships, low self-esteem, sexual dysfunction, sleep disturbance and suicidal ideas and behaviour, substance abuse, symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, problems with intimacy, violence, confusion over their gender, their sexual identities and orientation, a sense of being inadequate, and sense of lost power and confidence.

My experience as a counsellor has shown me very clearly what sexual abuse has done to victims. It has ruined a lot of lives, and created great mistrust because it is often carried out by people who would normally be trusted, such as clergymen, parents, grandparents, siblings, other relatives, and friends. Victims have seen their families suffer. It is like a cancer in a family as members try to cope with the lifelong anxiety and pain of the victim, who may be a father or a mother of the family. How difficult it must be for the victim of sexual abuse to be there for one’s children as one struggles through this awful pain inflicted in the innocent time of childhood. It is a devastating reality for a family. It is clear that people do not understand what sexual abuse does to a victim, and those who have endured the torture of such abuse would like others to understand this as best they can, and to understand how isolated and painful it is. So isolated are victims that, as adults they find it difficult to even tell their families that they suffered sexual abuse when young. There is no excusing sexual abuse. Sexual abusers are seen as having a sickness. That may be so, but sexually abusive behaviour is a choice and there is a moral and serious responsibility to make the opposite choice of respecting the child rather than using them to fulfil sexual needs, and inflicting on them lifelong pain. (Continued in next issue) Jim O’Shea works as a counsellor from Furze, Thurles. Ph. 087 8211009 . 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.












Tipp Tatler Issue 114 March 2009  

North Tipperary's Free fortnightly magazine bringing the best of business to our readers

Tipp Tatler Issue 114 March 2009  

North Tipperary's Free fortnightly magazine bringing the best of business to our readers