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In Waterford, Mr John Gormley T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government launched the inaugural All-Ireland Mammal Symposium (AIMS). The Symposium is being hosted by the Waterford Institute of Technology with over 150 delegates attending from throughout the island of Ireland. The two day meeting, which is being part-funded by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, will hear presentations on all aspects of Irish mammal biology and ecology with topics as diverse as photo-identification of fin whales, genetic analysis of pine martens, deer management in Irish forestry and landscape conservation for bats. AIMS will bring together researchers from universities all over Ireland as well as wildlife managers and conservationists.

In his opening address Minister In 1889, New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began her attempt to surpass the fictitious journey of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg by Gormley paid tribute to the research travelling around world in less than 80 days She succeeded, by finishing trip following January in 72 days.

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witch costume - green hairspray my only purchase. Complete with old rubbery mask - the best kind - off I tromped. With my vampire son by one hand, and little she-devil by the other. Immediately, I was six years old again. It’s not darker because it’s Halloween, but it sure feels like it. That feeling of trying to see the road, avoid puddles and not trip up, all the while peering though slit holes of eyes. Then there’s that magical anticipation at the doorsteps. The absolute silence as you wait for an answer, when all you can hear is the sound of your own huffy breath inside your mask. That pondering of deciding if/when to ring again, not wanting to annoy your benefactor. Noses press up against glass, trying to see any chink of hopeful light in a dark hallway. Then trying to contain tiny squeals when a switch is flicked, or a handle is turned.

Back in my day, the standard outfit was a black sack and very scary mask of choice. And that was it. No face paint, no accessories, and definitely no non-scary fairies, cowboys, or latest Disney character. Today ‘costumes’ are bought and not created, and aren’t really deemed acceptable unless you look like you’ve just left the Wardrobe Dept at Universal Studios. I can still hear the stinging rebuke of ‘Is that a black sack?’ thrown at my 3 yr old ( by a 7 yr old ) when innocently delivering her to a party last year. She was oblivious of course – didn’t alter the I’m enjoying myself every bit as taste of the treats - but I felt like I was much as three decades ago. We soon learning a HSE lesson (Halloween giddily return with the assembled Sartorial Etiquette). loot, bags all the while being felt and Then of course there’s the chant. rattled for clues. Contents are ‘Help the Halloween Party’ (as you instantly poured onto the kitchen shook your noisy plastic bag) was floor, sorted and graded. Sweets, direct and to the point . Saying ‘Trick chocolate and crisps are of course or Treat’ however, is vaguely tops. And although fruit and nuts are threatening to the householder. It’s still given, they are nonetheless not also pointless, as the invariable discarded to the regular fruit bowl but receipt of the latter (treat) means the kept in with the haul and will be former (trick) is never carried out. eaten. This ‘sweetening’ of We simply all watched too much Halloween is probably the one aspect Simpsons and SouthPark and adopted as a parent I would lament. But it’s so it sheep-like. lovely to see that the whole trove is treasured. Hallowed even. But this year I got a chance to look beyond all those newly adopted This weekend has brought back to me differences. My children were always what a truly wonderful occasion asking - in vain - that I dress up with Halloween is in a child’s life. I urge them. But because I was going to a all parents to do the doorsteps next party later, and because it gets harder year. And remember that what you to say no every year, I relented. On wear or what you say can never undo went my best (home assembled ) the magic spell that Halloween casts.

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Gallows and Other Tales of Suspicion and Obsession by John Arden Just released is the newest collection by Galway-based Booker nominee John Arden. Gallows and Other Tales of Suspicion and Obsession continues Arden’s brilliant production of lavish, bawdy tales of love, age, betrayal and the astonishing acts of individual men and women. In this collection, Arden mingles black comedy with melodrama to probe the underside of Irish and English history from the 17th century to the 21st and sprinkles it well with the suspicion, obsession, and gallows humour of the title. Speaking at the launch of Gallows, writer and commentator Fintan O’Toole described Arden as ‘the greatest historical novelist of our time’. O’Toole’s assertion is wholly justified: the breathtaking ease with which Arden has in the past explored Irish and English history in his numerous novels is wholly in evidence in Gallows, which begins with a Galway ghost story linking penal times to the present. Even Arden’s present-day tales, such as ‘Molly Concannon and the Felonious Widow’, are coated with a historical patina that makes them read like the most fantastic fables.

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COUNTY FINALS Loughmore Castleiney’s late 1 point victory over Arravale Rovers in the County Minor A Hurling final narrowly prevented a clean sweep by the West Division of the 3 county finals played at the weekend. Nonetheless it was a good weekend for clubs from the West with Aherlow winning the County Junior A hurling title at the expense of Nenagh Éire Óg and Knockavilla Kickhams winning the Junior A football title with an injury time goal to secure a one point victory over Shannon Rovers. Congratulations to the three victorious clubs. Weather interfered with fixtures at the weekend and both hurling finals had to be postponed form Saturday to Sunday. Well done to those responsible for the venues at Templetuohy, Templemore and Boherlahan for ensuring their grounds were playable despite the appalling weather. Willie Eviston captained Loughmore Castleiney to their first minor A title since 2002 and their 4th in all. Their previous winning captains were Derek Bourke (2002), Peter Brennan (1979) and Michael McGrath (1976). Sunday’s victory was Aherlow’s first Junior A hurling title. Cathal Dillon captained the team. Knockavilla Kickhams won their first Junior A football title since 1992 on Friday night and their third title in all. MUNSTER CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS Good luck to the Carrick Swans Intermediate Footballers and the Aherlow Junior Hurlers who will both be in action in the Munster Club Championships this weekend. Aherlow will play Tourin / Glen Rovers of Waterford in Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town at 2pm on Sunday November 15th with Cathal McAllister of Cork as referee. Carrick Swans will travel to Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney to play Spa of Kerry also at 2pm on Sunday with Michael Meade of Limerick taking charge of the whistle. TOMMY FLEMING CONCERT IN SEMPLE STADIUM DOME Tommy Fleming is performing at the Dome at Semple Stadium on this Friday November 13th to help support the Tipperary Senior Hurlers. One of Irelands biggest selling artists, Tommy will be performing from 8pm. There are still some tickets on sale for €30.00 and they can be purchased at: - Ticket Master ( - Lár na Páirce, Thurles. (0504 22702) - Heart Beat City, Thurles - Golden Discs, O’Connell Mal, Clonmel

- Roxi Records, Dooradoyle, Co. Limerick - Empire Music, O’Connell St., Co. Limerick This will be the first major live show in the Dome and hopefully it will be the start of many such events in this excellent venue. INTERPROVINCIAL FOOTBALL Hard luck to Munster on their defeat by Ulster in the Interprovincial Football final played in Ruislip London last weekend. Tipperary’s Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard) played in goals and Robbie Costigan (Cahir) was also on the panel and came on as a substitute at half time. SCÓR NA NÓG Preparations for Scór na nÓg 2009/2010 are beginning across the county. It is hoped that this year more clubs from the South and West divisions will take part. Scór offers a wonderful night’s cultural entertainment for the whole family with competitions in figure and set dancing, solo and group singing, recitation, instrumental music, quiz and novelty act. If you or members of your club would like to take part in Scór na nÓg this year, please contact Aoife on 0861761984. Coiste Scór Thiobraid Árann AGM The AGM of Tipperary Scór was held in Lár na Páirce on November 2nd 2009. In attendance were representatives from all 4 divisions in Tipperary. County Chairman Barry O’ Brien and County Secretary Tim Floyd were also present and both addressed the meeting. The following officers were elected; Chairman, Seamus McGrath; Vice-Chairman, Paddy Kelly; Secretary, Mary Bourke; Assistant Secretary, Breda Ryan; Treasurer, Dan Madden; Assistant Treasurer: Pat Ryan; PRO, Aoife O’Brien, Munster Scór Representatives, Seamus McGrath, Dan Madden. We wish them all well for the coming year. MUNSTER MINOR AND U21 CHAMPIONSHIP DRAWS The draws for the Munster Minor and U-21 Championships 2010 have been made. In Minor Hurling, Tipperary will play Cork in the first round. The winners will play the winners of Waterford and Clare while the losers will go into a semi-final play-off (in effect a quarter-final). In Minor Football, Tipperary will play Kerry in the first round with the winners playing the winners of Limerick and Waterford. The losers will go into a semi-final play-off (in effect a quarter final).

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Tipperary GAA Scene In U-21 Hurling, Tipperary have a bye to the semi-final where they will play the winners of Cork and Waterford. In U-21 Football, Tipp also have a bye to the semi-final where they will play the winners of Clare and Limerick. MCGRATH CUP SF AND WATERFORD CRYSTAL CUP SH In the McGrath Cup Senior Football competition which will start in January, Tipperary will play UL in the first round with the winners playing Limerick IT in a quarter final. In the Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling which will also start in January, Tipperary have a bye to the quarter finals where they will play the winners of Clare and Waterford IT. TIPP HURLING CLUB NEW YORK HONOURS 1974 CHAMPIONS The Tipperary Hurling Club New York will honour the Tipperary team which won the 1974 New York Senior Hurling Championship in 1974 at its Annual Banquet which will be held this year on December 5th (more details in next week’s Scene). The team lined out as follows with substitutes and mentors also included (please note it was 13 a side): 1. Henry Condron (Moneygall); 2. Liam King (Lorrha); 3. Brendan Maher (Roscrea); 4. Monty Moloney (Galway); 5. Donal O’Brien (Captain, Knockavilla Kickhams); 6. Jim Keane (Boherlahan Dualla); 7. Seamus Power (Boherlahan Dualla), 8. Liam Condon (Newcastle); 9. Jimmy Doyle (Thurles Sarsfields), 10. John Flanagan (Moycarkey-Borris); 11. Tony Cullinane (Newcastle); 12. Austin English (Marlfield); 13. Johnny Murphy (Cashel King Cormacs). Subs: 14. Paddy Hennessy (Grangemockler); 15. Joe Carey (Moyne/ Templetuohy), 16. Pat Ryan (Cappawhite); 17. Billy McLoughlin (Rearcross); 18. Tom Joyce (Galway); 19. Mike O’Brien (Knockavilla Kickhams); 20. Devere Reynolds (Éire Óg Nenagh), 21 Bill O’Brien (Knockavilla Kickhams). Mentors: Oliver Barrett (Thurles Sarsfielsd), Oliver O’Donnell (Rosegreen, Cashel), Mike Ryan (Cappawhite). OLD GAA E-MAIL SERVER Earlier this year, the GAA introduced a new email system and as a consequence is winding down service on the old email server which will be fully decommissioned on Monday November 30th at 10:00am. In practical terms, from that date any GAA club or officer still using an e-mail address with an extension of will no longer be able to access their account and all e-mails on this account will no longer be accessible. Contact Tipperary

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Procrastinator's Creed You may wish to delay reading this until you have more free time.

ogies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.

1. I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.

6. I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.

2. I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.

7. If at first I don't succeed, there is always next year.

3. I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.

8. I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.

4. I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in propoartion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to recieve from missing them.

9. I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.

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Novena to St. Jude – Oh Holy St. Jude Apostle and martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles. Near kinsman of Jesus Christ. Faithful intercessor to all who invoke you. Special patron in time of need, to you I have recourse from the depths of my heart and humbly beg of you to come to my assistance. Please help me now with my present and urgent need (mention favour) and grant my earnest petition. In return I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked. Say 3 Our Fathers and 3 Hail Mary’s, 3 Glorias. Promise publication. M.O.D.

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 into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen. Publication promised for request granted. M.O.D. The Miraculous Prayer – Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I’ve asked for many favours. This time I ask You this very special one (mention favour). Take it Dear Heart of Jesus and place it

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by Jim O Shea

There is less written about financial abuse than about the other types of abuse, and there is little material on the level financial abuse in Ireland. But I have no doubt that it is widespread. It is mainly to be seen in relationships and in the treatment of the elderly. It is not confined to any social group. Bearing in mind that abuse is basically about power, financial abuse involves one person using money to control the other, or exercising power to exploit the victim in parting with his/her money. It can be seen as one tactic to gain dominance over a spouse or partner. There are many ways that controlling individuals manage this. They may forbid a partner to be employed, thus making him or her dependent upon the abuser for money. Homemakers, in most cases women, are particularly vulnerable to financial abuse. She may be told that she has no right to the family income, and must ask, in some cases beg, for whatever money is needed to run the house. There is no recognition of her value as a homemaker either in emotional or financial terms. Imagine what it would cost to bring in a person to run a house full time, day and night for seven days a week! Just consider what it costs working couples for childminding facilities for five days!

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If a partner is working the abuser may demand the pay cheque at the end of the week, and allow him or her no responsibility in financial decisions. The abuser may not give a partner sufficient money and then demand to know how every cent was spent. Financial abusers may also put all of the family bills in a partner’s name, but conceal banking records, bills, or credit records from their partner. Some abusers confiscate for their own use social welfare grants and children’s allowance. There are also abusers who force their partner to work and carry all the financial responsibility of the house, but then they mishandle and squander the money brought in by their partner.

different in Ireland. At least the government is now becoming aware of it and some measure of protection may be offered to vulnerable Irish people. The much maligned HSE is in the process of putting in place staff and procedures to deal with abuse of older people. This stems from a report issued in 2002 called Protecting our Future. So it has been an unduly slow process. But we have an ageing population and it is urgent that something is done. Under the current HSE plan, thirtytwo Senior Case Workers are to be appointed in each local health area to investigate allegations of elder abuse, and an elder abuse steering group will be established in each health region. This structure will be established on a statutory basis. Financial abuse was especially highlighted and is a particular focus of this process. Mind you, financial abuse will be difficult to discover, unlike neglect or physical abuse, which are self-evident. Along with neglect, (and some types of financial abuse are also neglect), it is likely to be the most common abuse inflicted on elderly people. Financial abuse is really about blackmail and stealing from people who are helpless to prevent it. It is difficult to find a good definition of such abuse. One definition shows it as the misuse of an older adult’s money or belongings by a relative or a person in a position of trust. Criminals and strangers can also target elderly people, and very widespread financial abuse is in the form of telemarketing fraud, identity theft, predatory lending, and home improvement scams. The amount of money being stolen from vulnerable people in such cases is significant; but the abuser is generally someone close to the victim, such as a relative or a carer. 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.

More than any other group, financial abuse is often inflicted upon elderly or vulnerable people who depend upon others to have their needs met. It is most commonly inflicted upon those living alone; and divorced and separated women are at risk also. Almost €3 million was stolen from older people by their children in Britain in 2006, and the level of money taken through scams on older Americans is enormous. There is no reason to believe that things are

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