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One day, Adam sat outside the Garden of Eden shortly after eating the apple, and wondered about men and women. So looking up to the heavens he said, "Excuse me God, can I ask you a few questions?" God replied, "Go on Adam but be quick. I have a world to create." So Adam says, "When you created Eve, why did you make her body so curved and tender unlike mine?" "I did that, Adam, so that you could love her." "Oh, well then, why did you give her long, shiny, beautiful hair, and not me?" "I did that Adam so that you could love her." "Oh, well then, why did you make her so stupid? Certainly not so that I could love her?" "Well, Adam no. I did that so that she could love you."

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A Brit, a Frenchman and a Russian are viewing a painting of Adam and Eve frolicking in the Garden of Eden. "Look at their reserve, their calm," muses the Brit. "They must be British." "Nonsense," the Frenchman disagrees. "They're naked, and so beautiful. Clearly, they are French." "No clothes, no shelter," the Russian points out, "they have only an apple to eat, and they're told that they are living in Paradise. They have to be Russian".

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Its that time of the year again and we are looking for willing volunteers to take part and help raise money by participating in this years Ladies Mini Marathon which takes place in Dublin on Monday the 1st of June. As with previous years this is a great days entertainment and a fantastic day out for anyone involved so I would hope that people who participated before will do so again and hopefully try to get some friends with them this year. For more information please have a look at www.womensminimarathon.ie where you can find a full list of all registered charities that are participating this year and you will also note that our group have been registered in that list as an official charity. This event is one of the main events each year, which official charities use as an annual fundraiser. Unfortunately though, other groups and organisations that are not official charities have in recent years started to use this event to raise money, and the mini marathon organisation cannot stop this as much as they would like to, so we would ask people to think very carefully when they are asked to take

part for an organisation or to sponsor someone for the event and check that the cause is worthwhile and a registered charity as opposed to just an organisation raising money etc. because every euro that goes to these organisations or groups is money that is vital for charities to continue their work and in the case of the Children’s hospital LIFE SAVING WORK. This year we really need your help as it is harder and harder to fund raise and yet without voluntary contributions etc the Children’s hospital suffers as a result. If you participate for our charity your efforts are helping to raise much needed funds which help to stop many children’s diseases and to indeed save and improve children’s health and lives in Ireland. It is just one day out of the year and a fun 10k event so please think seriously about participating for us and get in touch. If you would like to take part this year either jogging, walking or running please contact Mike Delaney at 0504 32220 or 086-8800597 for more details.


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The Daisy is the April Flower When we refer to daisies we are referring to several different varieties of flowers all of which bear similar characteristics. The common names for the flowers we refer to as daisies are daisy, marguerite, and ox-eye daisy. The true daisy is bellis perennis; the ox-eye daisy and marguerite are technically chrysanthemums. Linguistic Roots for the Name Daisy The Latin name for daisy comes from the word bellus, which literally means beautiful. The common name daisy comes from Old English when native speakers referred to daisies as daeges-eaye or ‘day’s eye,’ which was eventually contracted to the single word daisy. The common name is a result of the fact that daisies open and close in relationship to the amount of sunlight they are receiving. In fact, the sun loving habit of daisies has resulted in the blossom gaining the nickname ‘the sun’s consort’ or ‘sponsa solis.’ The name marguerite has two possible sources. Some suggest that it is derived from the Greek word margaretes, which means pearl. Others think that it is a form of the name Margaret. Margaret of Anjou is the most likely candidate for bestowing her name on the flower since her personal banner had daisies embroidered on it.

Daisies have been the subject of many verses. One favourite verse that everyone learns as a child is s/he loves me, s/he loves me not; s/he loves me, s/he loves me not.” The popularity of this verse has resulted in the daisy being called ‘love’s oracle.’ Like dozens of other flowers, the daisy has been associated with various deities. Historically, daisies were sacred to Freya and Ostara, both Germanic goddesses. The daisy has also been associated with the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Naturally, the Catholic Church adopted it as a symbol of the Virgin Mary because ‘love conquers all things.’ However, the association that has most stuck with the daisy is the reference to it in various ‘Books of Hours,’ which suggested that a person could learn something from even the smallest blossom in God’s creation, the daisy. As a result, the daisy’s contribution to the language of flowers is as a symbol of contempt for worldly goods.’ If you send daisies to someone, you are sharing with them contempt for worldly goods or the desire for modesty. However, perhaps it would be better get straight to the point and ask whether they love you.

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Dairy Farmers cannot afford to return to 1983 Milk Prices with 2009 costs Speaking lastek to the board members of Glanbia in Navan and Kilkenny, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Richard Kennedy said the last time Irish milk producers were paid 20c/l for milk was 1983. The IFA man, who also met the Chairman and Chief Executive of Lakeland Dairies on Monday in Kells, said that while 1983 production costs, at around 12c/l, allowed farmers to generate an income, 2009 costs of 20c/l before own-labour meant most dairy farmers would face zero incomes this year. “We are starting to see the first signs of a turnaround in dairy markets, and co-ops must hold the highest possible milk price to help their suppliers. They must find savings in other parts of the business: every fraction of a cent counts in as difficult a year as this, when farmers are facing income losses none of them can weather,” Richard Kennedy said.

March, while EU milk supplies are down 0.5% on the previous quota year, despite a 2 to 2.5% quota increase,” he added. Mr Kennedy stated that 27c/l was the break-even price dairy farmers needed in 2009 to cover costs and own-labour ? the latter essential to generate the income required to service financial commitments and day-to-day family expenses. No co-op is currently paying that necessary break-even price, which is unsustainable. “My message to the board members of Glanbia and Lakeland, and to the boards of all the other co-ops who will be deciding their March milk price in the coming days, is that dairy farmers simply cannot afford to return to 1983 milk prices with 2009 costs,” Richard Kennedy said.

“Co-ops must understand that the March milk cheque is normally the first sizeable cheque of the year for dairy farmers, which is heavily re“There are positive developments lied upon to clear bills. Even at on the market place, auguring a re- current milk prices, the March milk covery in coming months: the cheque farmers will receive in the Fonterra Whole Milk Powder April next 10 days will come as a masauction saw a 4% price increase, sive shock to most producers: a following from the 16.6% lift recombination of poor prices, seasoncorded at the March auction, clearly ally low constituents, and expectasignalling an upward trend for pow- tions of a reasonable amount to pay der prices. Closer to home, Dutch bills,” he added. cheese prices rose by ?400/t in the last week, also a sign of market re- “Any further price cuts are intoleracovery,” Richard Kennedy said. ble, and co-ops must look in every other aspect of the business for nec“On the world market, there is evi- essary savings to share the pain dence that butter prices are firming, with farmers and help them ride out with renewed, if limited, interest the most difficult year in decades,” from buyers. US milk production he concluded.. fell by 0.8% year-on-year for

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ing it to income after the deduction of capital allowances.” In relation to REPS 4, Mr Walshe criticised the 17% cut in the rate of payment which is a breach of the five-year contract, which 12,000 farmers have already signed up for. He said the Department of Agriculture must now reduce the cost of compliance with the scheme proportionately, and planning fees must reduce accordingly. On forestry, the IFA President said cuts of up to 10% in payments will have a very negative effect on incomes and directly impact the Government’s own policy of developing the sector, which is very shortsighted. Farmers have also been hit hard following the abolition of the Fallen Animal Scheme, and the Minister for Agriculture and his Department must now agree a more cost-effective means of disposal. Mr Walshe said overall the Budget was a missed opportunity to improve competitiveness in the economy and will do nothing to keep people in employment, or will do little to encourage the hiring of additional employees.

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Roscrea Vintage Rally A Vintage Rally in aid of the Chernobyl Lifeline (Roscrea) will be held on 9th and 10th May, 2009, in Roscrea on the Birr Road, opposite the Mill House, with the kind permission of the land owner, Stanley Thompson. Our First Year’s Special Theme will be Nuffield and Leyland Tractors. Also on show will be vintage cars, vintage lorries, vintage tractors, vintage motorbikes, vintage bicycles, all vintage commercial vehicles and stationary engines. Registration for all the events will be voluntary donation. A Road Run is planned and the registration for this will be from 12 noon on Saturday, 9th May and a free bar-

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Electric Cars - Soon a Reality? Historic deal will transform Irish transport Electric vehicles moving from vision to reality – Minister Ryan Energy Minister Eamon Ryan has announced a major move in the electrification Irish motoring. In a hugely significant and new collaboration between Government, between the semistate electricity supplier ESB and between car manufacturer Renault-Nissan, these electric vehicles will be on Irish roads within 2 years. "This historic agreement", said Minister Ryan "is proof of Government's firm intention to act on the electrification of transport. Some months ago, I announced the Government electric vehicles target of 10% by 2020. Today's Memorandum of Understanding will help us not only realise, but surpass this target. We are well on our way and our streets will see the change very shortly". The Memoranda of Understanding (signed by Minister Ryan on behalf of the Government) and by Padraig McManus (for ESB) will create favourable conditions for the distribution of electric vehicles to the Irish market by Renault-Nissan. "In November, we sent a call to the market that Ireland was 'open for business' with electric cars. Our call has been answered by Renault-Nissan and I'd like to welcome them to the Irish market with this new product. Today we sign, what I hope will be the first of many agreements with interested companies". The Irish Government's intentions are not product-exclusive. "Today's initiative will transform our streets, will cut carbon emissions and

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Government Accused of Dismantling Infrastructure Spending Programme The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has accused the government of dismantling the Public Capital Programme and rowing back on commitments to prioritise infrastructure improvements as a means of growing the productive capacity of the economy.

- this year’s roads programme will comprise just one new project - the rollout of new schools projects is badly disrupted - the value of new starts in health will be of the order of €50m

The CIF also firmly dismissed any - the public transport programme is suggestion that the capital investment cast in almost permanent uncertainty programme in its current guise can act as a stimulus for the Irish economy. CIF welcomes the use of private investment to provide additional investSpeaking on behalf of the CIF, Direc- ment on capital plans, and would tor General Tom Parlon stated: welcome further exploration of off balance sheet financing, and a recov“Public infrastructure spending has ery bond. become a vital part of the construction industry and the economy over Referring specifically to the cut backs the past 10 years. The government is in spending on non-national roads, the now winding down this spending with CIF Director General said: the inevitable effect of depressing “These are the roads used by school rather than stimulating the economy”. buses and children cycling to school “The Public Capital Programme can- and the very same roads feature most not be delivered unless sufficient of the country’s accident black-spots. pipelines of projects are commenced The decision to cut investment in each year”. maintaining and improving these roads is extremely regrettable”. “Many of the government’s assertions about its infrastructure spending plans In relation to the Housing market, Mr do not hold up to scrutiny. The CIF Parlon stated; has been monitoring the situation on “The budget is a lost opportunity to the ground and all the indications are stimulate activity, and realise outthat the value of new projects started standing VAT receipts. The value of this year will not exceed half a biltrapped VAT in built but unsold houslion. To achieve the targets set down es is €1.1Bn. The stamp duty trade-in by the government the value of new scheme as announced will have little starts this year would need to be 16 impact on the overall market” times this figure.” “The situation on the ground is clear: - the social housing and water improvement programmes are at a standstill because of the funding difficulties within local authorities

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By Eamonn Walsh QFA Getting a mortgage is an exciting and sometimes scary time. You want to make sure that the process is as smooth as possible, so make sure to ask the right questions of your mortgage provider There are a number of must ask questions when it comes to getting a mortgage. The aim of this article is to (1) explain who are the Mortgage Providers, (2) offer Ten Questions a First Time Buyer can ask his/her Mortgage Provider and (3) show you what documents you’ll need to prepare a Mortgage Application. 1. Mortgage providers: You can get a mortgage through: * a bank * a building society * a Mortgage intermediary such as myself * certain credit unions. Banks and building societies sell their own products directly through their branches and may also sell through intermediaries such as mortgage brokers or agents. So when you visit a bank or building society branch you will only be offered the mortgage that lender provides. If you visit an intermediary/broker, you will generally have a choice of mortgages from the list of lenders they deal with. It is worth checking out how many lenders your broker represents. Some brokers provide mortgages from more lenders than others and some lenders only offer their products directly and do not use intermediaries at all. 2. Ten Questions to ask your mortgage provider:

8. How often is the interest on my mortgage calculated (e.g. daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly) and what effect will this have on my total repayments? 9. What are the penalties (redemption fees) if I change from a fixed to a variable rate? 10. Is it possible to make lump-sum repayments and/or take a break from repayments?

This is the bare minimum of what you need to ask, although first time buyers might also like to ask if they can qualify for a 100% mortgage. Preparing a Mortgage Application:

Mortgage Application Documentation Checklist The following items are what most Lenders request. * P60 (for both persons if it is a joint application) * Three recent pay slips * Salary certificate / employers letter confirming permanency together with gross salary * Confirmation of source of deposit * Photocopy of identification: passport or driving licence * Verification of existing address by way of gas or electricity bill * Application form * Valuation fee if requested. * Evidence of savings if possible * last 2 years accounts if self employed

1. How much can I borrow? 2. How large a deposit do I need?

Again I hope the above is of some benefit to you.

3. What is the best type of mortgage for my needs? 4. How much will my repayments be a month over 20, 30 or 40 years? 5. How much will the interest cost be after 20, 30 or 40 years? 6. How much is mortgage protection a month? 7. How much is home insurance a month?

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Shoreside, Ballina, Co. Tipperary. Block build 1,250sq.ft approx. comprising of 3/4 bedrooms, Lounge, kitchen/dining, utility lovely private garden, quiet culde-sac. Large bright property. Reduced reserve.

€on application. Excuisite circa 3,415sq.ft. detached residence on circa 0.43hectares. withing walking distance of Ballina/Killaloe. Close to schools, shops etc. Magnificent home, all bright

The Beeches, Ballina/Killaloe Guide Price; €485,000.00 Large Detached c.2, 300sq.ft property on very large site in prime location. Greatly Reduced from €550,000. Viewing Recommended for this Large Private Central Propetry.

and spacious rooms, numerous reception rooms, play room,5 bedrooms, 3 ensuite, splended kitchen and family room with outstanding finish and numerous extras. This is definitely a "one off" house and viewing is strongly recommended

3 New Street, Killaloe. Reduced to sell; Guide Price; €145,000 Lovely two bedroom semi-detached home, central to Killaloe with extra large long rear gardens. Double glazed windows, ample parking, plenty of room for expansion if required. Size; Approx. 700sq.ft. Superb opportunity to become a home owner with a good solid home in a reasonable price range

Belkelly, Ogonnelloe, Co. Clare. Superb 4Bedroom Property on C. 1Acre of Landscaped Grounds with Breathtaking Direct Views of Lough Derg. Reduced Guide Price €420,000. Open To Offers.

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House No. 1a. John's Lane, Killaloe, Co. Clare. Guide Price; €127,500 One of a number of properties available in in an excellent price range central to everything. One bed property with own courtyard

Excellent c.300sq.ft. ground floor retail unit centrally located in Killaloe's Main Street. Established highly successful hairdresser in situ. Tenant unaffected by sale. Guide Price; €165,000.

Carrigatogher, Nenagh. One beautiful property! This is an excellent detached 4 Bedroom home on circa half acre of very private surrounds. Superb value for money in to-day's market. Viewings are definitely advised. Separate large detached workshop/garage. Guiding Price only €235,000!

No. 12 Lough Derg Village, Killaloe, Co. Clare. Guide Price; €285,000. Superb c. 1,100sq.ft. residence in private courtyard overlooking Lough Derg and your very OWN MOORING which allows access to the beautiful lake. Viewing Recommend.

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Tipperary Friends of Animals Sponsored Dog Walk

The Rose of Tralee, Aoife Kelly, showed her support for animal welfare when she launched the Sponsored Dog Walk in aid of Tipperary Friends of Animals SPCA. The annual 3 mile fun walk, will take place in Nenagh on Sunday, 17th May, starting and finishing in Banba Square. Sponsorship cards can be obtained from Sportsmans Dream, Kenyon Street, Nenagh or by phoning 086-8163707. The Sponsored Walk brings in much needed funds for the society who run a subsidized neutering voucher scheme for cats and dogs whose owners cannot afford the full cost of

neutering their pet. Another major expense is caring for homeless dogs, some of which are boarded in commercial boarding kennels until new homes can be found for them. all dogs are vaccinated, wormed, deflea’d and neutered before going to their new homes. We ask for a donation of €80 per dog which does not even cover the cost of neutering and a home check is done before a dog is given out. Total expenditure for the year is about €70 000, most of which comes from local fundraising such as flag days, church gate collections, bag packing and the dog walk.

Aoife Kelly, Rose of Tralee, and Linda Hehir, Tipperary Friends of Animals, with Holly and Rex. Tipperary Friends of Animals SPCA, is a voluntary organization with no paid staff. The society is always looking for volunteers for fundraising or fostering an animal, until it gets a permanent home. Featured in the photographs are Holly and Rex, both of whom are looking for a kind and loving home.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our current volunteers, without whom we would not be able to help animals in need. You can contact the society on 0868163707, or if you wish to adopt a dog, phone 086-8133707.

Raising Children was never easy.... To those of us who have children in our lives, Whether they are our own, Grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews, Or students... Here is something to make you chuckle.

'Yes way! ' 'Do NOT eat the fruit !' Said God. 'Why ? ' 'Because I am your Father and I said so’ God replied, Wondering why He hadn't stopped Creation after making the elephants

Whenever your children are out of control, You can take comfort from the thought that Even God's omnipo- A few minutes later, God saw His tence did not extend to His own children having an apple break children. And He was ticked! 'Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?' After creating heaven and earth, God asked. God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing he said was 'Uh huh,' Adam replied. ' DON'T !' 'Then why did you?'Said the Father. 'Don 't what ?' Adam replied. 'Don't eat the forbidden fruit.' God said. 'Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve..we have forbidden fruit!' ' No Way !'

'I don't know,' Said Eve. 'She started it!' Adam said. 'Did not!' 'Did too!' 'DID NOT!' Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam

and Eve Should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed. If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven't taken it, Don't be hard on yourself.

4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, They usually repeat word for word What you shouldn't have said 5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children More awful than your own

If God had trouble raising children, What makes you think it would be A 6. We childproofed our homes, piece of cake for you ? But they are still getting in. THINGS TO THINK ABOUT!

Advice for the day

1. You spend the first two years of their life Teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend The next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

Be nice to your kids. They will choose your Nursing home one day

2. Grandchildren are God's reward For not killing your own children. 3. Mothers of teens now know why Some animals eat their young.

And finally If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, do what it says on aspirin bottle: ‘Take 2 aspirin and ‘Keep away from children!!!!


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Unusual Taxes Feeling hard done by in the budget? Here are some taxes that have been imposed in various countries throughout history.

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During the various reins of the Egyptian Pharaohs tax collectors were known as scribes. During one period the scribes imposed a tax on cooking oil. To insure that citizens were not avoiding the cooking oil tax scribes would audit households to insure that appropriate amounts of cooking oil were consumed and that citizens were not using leavings generated by other cooking processes as a substitute for the taxed oil.

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During the time of Julius Caesar a 1 percent sales tax was imposed. During the time of Caesar Augustus the sales tax was 4 percent for slaves and 1 percent for everything else. Lady Godiva was an Anglo-Saxon woman who lived in England during the 11th century. According to legend, Lady Godiva's husband Leofric, Earl of Mercia, promised to reduce the high taxes he levied on the residents of Coventry when she agreed to ride naked through the streets of the town. William of Orange imposed a window tax in 1696 as a replacement for the Hearth Tax but was repealed in 1851 when it was replaced by House Duty. The taxpayer was the occupier rather than the owner and often built or disguised windows to avoid paying the tax. In Dublin, a lot of windows were built up which lead to even more unhygienic conditions than the people were already living in. This in course, led to disease becoming more rampant and the tax became known in Dublin as the Typhus Tax. The tax led to the development of the Half Door which was not a window but let light into the house. By 1825, houses with less than 8 windows became exempt.

The nursery rhyme, Baa Baa Black Sheep, is a description of the medieval 'Great' or 'Old Custom' wool tax of 1275,to raise money for the Crusades, which survived until the fifteenth century. The idea was that the Master was the King, the Dame was the Church and the Little Boy was the farmer himself. This meant

a 66% tax. Contrary to some commentaries, this tax did not involve the collection of one third to the king, and one third to the church, but a less punitive sum of 6s 8d to the Crown per sack, about 5 per cent of the value. A Urine Tax was Imposed by the Roman emperor Nero, around A.D. 60. Why urine? The contents of public toilets were collected by tanners and laundry workers for the ammonia, which was used for curing leather and bleaching togas. Nero slapped a fee on the collectors (not the producers) and it was such a money-raiser that Nero’s successor, Vespasian, continued the tax. When asked why he kept on the Smell Levy, he held up a gold coin and said, “This does not smell”. Peter the Great, czar of Russia, imposed a tax on souls in 1718…meaning everybody had to pay it (it’s similar to a head tax or a poll tax). Peter was antireligious , but agreeing with him didn’t excuse anyone from paying the tax—if you didn’t believe humans had a soul, you still had to pay a “religious dissenters” tax. Peter also taxed beards, beehives, horse collars, hats, boots, basements, chimneys, food, clothing, all males, as well as birth, marriage, and even burial. A favourite strategy of governments to encourage population growth and raise money at the same time was to impose a Bachelor Tax. Julius Caesar tried it in 18 B.C. The English imposed it in 1695. The Russians under Peter the Great used it in 1702, as did the Missouri legislature in 1820. The Spartans of ancient Greece didn’t care about the money—they preferred public humiliation. Bachelors in Sparta were required to march around the public market in wintertime stark naked, while singing a song making fun of their unmarried status. In 1795 powdered wigs were all the rage in men’s fashion. Desperate for income to pay for military campaigns abroad, British prime minister William Pitt the Younger levied a tax on wig powder. Although the tax was short-lived due to the protests against it, it did ultimately have the effect of changing men’s fashions. By 1820 powdered wigs were out of style.


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Preparing yourself and your business for succession Tipperary North County Enterprise Board Limited in conjunction with the Roscrea and Thurles Chambers of Commerce have organised Succession Planning Workshops for the following dates:

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Thurles – Thursday 23 April – Anner Hotel Roscrea – Thursday 21 May – Racket Hall Hotel 9.30 – 5.00 pm €50.00 – includes light lunch

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Explore the issues surrounding the passing on of the business and assets to the next generation; Explore the options available including a buy-out, sale or a simple handover of the reins; Gain a greater understanding of the valuation of the business and methods of valuation; Planning for, and dealing with, the areas of taxation in respect of a business transfer. Protecting the value of generated wealth.

This seminar will ensure that you will foresee financial pitfalls as well as help you realise your goals and preferences for the family business. To book a place or for further information on the full range of supports available contact: Tipp North County Enterprise Board, Connolly St., Nenagh Phone: 067-33086 info@tnceb.ie www.tnceb.ie www.tipperarydirectory.ie


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More on Tax For all the unhappy tax payers, to help you get through this time, we have gathered a number of tax related quotes to try and put a smile back on your face: " I'm proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is—I could be just as proud for half the money." - Arthur Godfrey "Day in and day out, your tax accountant can make or lose you more money than any single person in your life, with the possible exception of your kids." - Harvey Mackay "On my income tax 1040 it says 'Check this box if you are blind.' I wanted to put a check mark about three inches away." - Tom Lehrer "There's nothing wrong with the younger generation that becoming taxpayers won't cure." - Dan Bennett "What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector?

The taxidermist takes only your skin." - Mark Twain "People who complain about paying their income tax can be divided into two types: men and women." anonymous "If you get up early, work late, and pay your taxes, you will get ahead -- if you strike oil." - J. Paul Getty "Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents?" - Peg Bracken "If the IRS took 100 taxpayers at random and sent each an incorrect notice that they owed an extra $92.35 in taxes and interest, more than two-thirds would probably just send in a check without investigating further." - G. Guttman "The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect." - Sam Ewing

The Big Moral Test This test only has one question, but it's a very important one. By giving an honest answer, you will discover where you stand morally. The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation in which you will have to make a decision. Remember that your answer needs to be honest, yet spontaneous. Please read slowly and give due consideration to each line. THE SITUATION: You are in Ireland, Dublin to be specific. There is chaos all around you caused by a hurricane with severe flooding. This is a flood of biblical proportions. You are a photo-journalist working for the Irish Daily Mail, and you're caught in the middle of this epic disaster. The situation is nearly hopeless. You're trying to shoot career-making photos. There are houses and people swirling around you, some disappearing into the water.

Nature is unleashing all of its destructive fury. THE TEST: Suddenly, you see a man in the water. He is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken down with the debris. You move closer... Somehow, the man looks familiar...You suddenly realize who it is... It's Brian Cowen! You notice that the raging waters are about to take him under forever. You have two options: You can save the life of Brian Cowen, or you can shoot a dramatic Pulitzer Prize winning photo, documenting the death of one of the country's most powerful men! THE QUESTION: Here's the question, and please give an honest answer... Would you select high contrast colour film, or would you go with theclassic simplicity of black and white?.

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You can now have your flyers inserted into the Tipp Tatler Call 0504-51945 for more information Litter and Graffiti Grants to local authorities for public education and awareness initiatives Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, and Mr. Michael Kitt, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, has (09 April 2009) announced the allocation of €1,070,000 in grants to local authorities for public education and awareness initiatives in relation to both litter and graffiti. This brings the total amount granted to local authorities for anti-litter awareness initiatives to over €8.74 million since the Litter Pollution Act was introduced in 1997. The 2009 allocation represents a decrease of 14% on the 2008 allocation, necessitated by the challenging economic circumstances, but both Ministers are confident that, despite the decrease, local authorities can continue their important work in this area.

In announcing the grant allocations for 2009, Minister Gormley said, “Despite the economic slow down, it is important that we strive to maintain the sustained decrease we have seen in litter pollution levels across the country over the last ten years. While there has been a small decrease in the level of grants allocated this year, this in no way reflects any lack of commitment on the part of Government to the ongoing war against litter. The appearance of a community remains vital to both social and economic activity, and local authorities and community groups must strive to do more with less”. Minister Kitt acknowledged the role being played by local authorities and urged them to continue their work with community groups to tackle the litter and graffiti problems in their area. “Local authorities have contributed The grants to city and county coun- greatly to the decrease in litter polcils cover a broad range of measlution levels around the country, ures to raise public awareness and but much remains to be done. I call promote anti-litter and anti-graffiti on all local authorities to continue activity at local level. Typically, to raise awareness of the environeligible projects include local media mental damage caused by litter and campaigns, clean-ups, graffiti and to develop a partnership primary/secondary school competi- approach with local communities to tions, exhibitions and the produchelp eradicate it. The grants allotion of videos, posters and leaflets. cated today will assist these efThere is a particular focus on inforts.” volving schools and young people and on voluntary initiatives carried out by community groups. The De- Funding for Tipperary is as follows partment makes a maximum grant South Tipperary 26,000 for a project of up to 70% of the North Tipperary 25,000 total cost, with the balance being met by way of local contribution.


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Watersports enthusiasts to surf comprehensive new online portal The Mid West Regional Authority (MWRA) has announced details of an ambitious new plan to develop and promote the watersports sector in the Mid West Region.

Ms Collins added, “Through the National Sport Federations we will also develop a series of training programmes in environmental awareness and social inclusion, promoting the marine leisure sector and creating opportunities for all people to become more involved in the sector. The MWRA will be providing more local and regional information on the implementation of this exciting watersports programme over the next 3 years through the website www.mwra.ie.”

The Mid West Watersports Project, which will be launched in Ballina on 30th April, is aimed at boosting the marine leisure sector and its positive economic and environmental impacts in North Tipperary, Clare and Limerick. The NEA 2 Project is a co-funded initiative under the INTERREG The Authority intends to build on IVB Atlantic Area Programme existing marine leisure initiatives and comprises 23 Partners from in the region to help inform and five EU Countries: Ireland, UK, develop new opportunities for France, Spain and Portugal, worksustainable development of water ing together to deliver sustainable sports on our rivers, lakes and development of the marine leisure coastline. It is anticipated that the sector. The other Irish partners Programme will help attract thou- participating in the project are the sands of additional visitors to the Irish Canoe Union and Ards BorMid West Region each year when ough Council. it is up and running. The MWRA is part of a continuing European Programme for developing and promoting the watersports sector in Europe’s Atlantic Area. For the period 2009-2011, the Regional Authority through participation in the NEA 2 Project will be implementing a number of measures to help stimulate the marine leisure sector in the Mid-West region. According to Marie Collins, Project Manager, “Over the next three years, the Regional Authority will design and implement a comprehensive online portal for watersports in the region, working closely with the Region’s local authorities, tourism business sector, tourism bodies and local watersports centres.”

A regional launch of the Mid West Watersports Project will take place in the Lakeside Hotel, Ballina on Thursday 30th April 2009 from 2-4pm. The event is geared towards watersports clubs, activity centres, marine leisure businesses and tourism promotion bodies in the marine leisure sector. It will feature a number of presentations on the various elements of the project, Marine Leisure and the environment, including how to improve the environmental credentials of your centre or club. Anyone interested in attending should contact the Regional Authority at 067-33197 or by email info@mwra.ie. For more information on the European Programme, please visit the NEA 2 website at www.nea2.eu.

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Abuse

by Jim O Shea

Verbal Abuse (Continued from previous issue)

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but, believe me, names will hurt you even more. How often as children have we replied in the schoolyard that names ‘will never hurt me’? Yet we never forget the hurtful names, the nicknames, the words of scorn thrown at us when we were young (or not so young). Sarcasm is always remembered. The tongue may be a small body member but it is sharper than the sharpest sword. Recent research shows that verbal abuse may be more damaging than physical or emotional abuse. Recovery from verbal abuse takes much longer than from physical abuse.

in the marriage. In this they wish the victims to follow their way of thinking regardless of how harmful it is to them. Patricia Evans outlines 15 categories of verbal abuse, which incorporate the above, but which I would like to list for the convenience of the reader:

1. Withholding. You will see this word coming up again in this series of articles. A relationship requires intimacy and empathy, the ingredient of hearing and understanding another’s feelings. But abusers refuse to listen to their partners, deny their experience, and refuse to share themselves. Withholding is choosing to keep virtually all one’s thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams to oneself and to remain silent and aloof towards one’s partner. This withholding is expressed in such terms as ‘there’s nothing to talk about’, or ‘you wouldn’t be interested’. Very often the person who withdraws and remains silent comes across as the Sometimes the more educated a person passive, quiet, and even gentle person, as is, the greater the facility they have with against the domineering individual who words, and so the greater is their capacity aggressively abuses his/her partner. to inflict verbal abuse, frequently of a subtle type. As Cathy Meyer says, not all 2. Countering. This destructive category words that are meant to hurt are ugly rules out all compromise and fairness, words. An expert at verbal abuse can and is meant to retain control of the indidamage the self-esteem of another and vidual. It is a direct and uncompromising yet appear to care deeply for them. They contradiction of what the victim has to frequently use the phrases ‘what’s the say, and may include such phrases as matter with you?’ or ‘I don’t know what ‘you’re wrong’, or ‘you don’t know what you’re talking about’. you’re talking about’. 3. Discounting. This equally destructive category denies Verbal abusers like to degrade others by the experience of the victim, and confusswearing at them, calling them stupid, es him/her. It may have such phrases as shouting at them, insulting them and ‘you can’t take a joke’, ‘you feel too perhaps imitating them. These abusers much’, ‘you take everything wrong’, or are shamers; they are critical and ‘you twist everything around’. If the vicsarcastic, and use mocking words meant tim trusts the abuser he/she may spend to put a person down. Some abusers are years trying to find out what is wrong very volatile and resort to yelling, with him/her. swearing or screaming for very little cause. After such outbursts the abusers (Continued in next issue) may blame the victims for their actions, alleging that if the victim were only Jim O’Shea works as a counsellor from ‘perfect’ the abuser would have no need Furze, Thurles. Ph. 087 8211009 to lose control. These abusers generally refuse to discuss upsetting issues that the www.jimoshea.net . victim wants to talk about. They do this because they wish to avoid taking JimO’Shea’s book responsibility for their actions or words. ‘When a child dies. Verbal abusers are quick to use threats, Footsteps of a and such threats are warning signs that Grieving Family’ violence might be resorted to. is published by Threatening words are ways the abusers Veritas. The royaluse to get their own way or to influence ties from this book behaviours of the victims. This can will go tosthe happen in the context of a divorce, especially when the abusers wish to stay Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.


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