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Need some good advice? by Elaine Rogers I could finish this article right here by giving you the best advice about giving advice – DON’T! Advice is 100% subjective, almost always in-accurate, mostly un-timely, often not asked for, only sometimes any good, and rarely useful. So why do we insist on giving our all-important advice to our loved ones, friends, colleagues, peers, bosses and the young upstart on the bus? Do we truly believe they will listen? Of course! Do we truly believe the advice is helpful? Definitely! Do we truly believe our advice will be followed? Absolutely! So are we then justified when we get upset that our advice is not adhered to? Justifiably so! Terry Prone, a great Irish author wrote “advice is like garlic. A little of it is good for you. Just enough tastes wonderful. Too much makes you feel ropy and makes other people want to edge away from you”! So should we dole out our hard earned advice less freely? Well, my advice is that it might be a good start! Another good piece of advice about giving advice could be: be careful about offering solutions to people who don’t even realise they have a problem. Have you been there? Your advice falls on deaf ears? Is it frustrating? If your answer is yes, think of this: it is possible that the other person is not actually ready to hear your piece of advice? The fact is that your advice is related to what “you” would do in similar circumstances, or at a similar time, or in a similar place. But this is already the problem. Similar is not the same. You have not expierenced the exact same problem or challenge as the person you are advising.
1. Always try and guage the person – are they really seeking advice, or merely talking “out” a problem or sharing an experience? 2. Try to empathise with them, really understand how they are feeling and how exactly they see the situation. Ask questions to clarify. 3. Remember there is always two sides to a story. 4. If it feels right, divulge your expert knowledge without judgement or being subjective (“If I were you, here’s what I’d do…”). 5. Watch closely for signs of nodding and smiling, a good indication that they are not listening but too polite to say so. 6. Don’t attempt to counsel when the other person is cleary distressed and would be better advised to refer to a professional therapist.
It is hard for us to stand back and watch people make mistakes, especially when a life is in danger, as with addiction for instance. However, it is almost always the case that they already know what they need to do in order to improve their situation, but simply do not have the strength or courage or will power in order to take action. This may be because of procrastination, or downright fear. Whatever the situation, follow my basics rules of advice-giving:
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What goes around really does come around! Don't listen to advice and just go with gut instinct (this person says now they wish they didn’t). Everyone has something useful to tell you no matter how unlikely it seems. Never assume someone else thinks of you like you think of them. You think you're best mates, they think you're an acquaintance. Never depend on or trust anyone, other than yourself. Then you wont be too disappointed. You win in life based on the friends you got!
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A New Policy for ePlanning Launched Minster for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government John Gormley, TD has recently launched a new policy for ePlanning, which is aimed at improving the planning system and making it easier and more efficient for both individuals and planning authorities. The new policy will allow for people to make applications on-line, and will also allow for third parties to make submissions or objections on-line. The new system is already up and running in Dublin on a pilot basis for small applications. Mayo County Council*s online Planning application submission system is currently being piloted by a number of Planning Agents and all Agents will be invited to use the new system this autumn. “On-line planning makes complete sense. It will lower costs and increase efficiencies for the planning authorities, applicants and third parties. It will make the planning system more accessible and easier to use for all,” Minister Gormley said.
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done to all concerned and also to the loyal supporters who travelled to Drogheda to support them. We wish them well for their next game against Sligo which will take place in Semple Stadium at 3pm this Saturday July 11th. This game will be an added attraction for people visiting Thurles for the Munster Final weekend. MUNSTER MINOR FOOTBALL FINAL Hard luck to the minor footballers who fought bravely against Kerry in the Munster Minor Football Final which Kerry won on a scoreline of 0-12 to 0-6. Tipp still qualify for the All-Ireland quarter finals. U-21 HURLING Good luck to our U-21 hurlers and management, who will play Waterford in the Fraher Field, Dungarvan on Wednesday July 15th at 7.30pm in the Munster U-21 Hurling semi-final. MUNSTER FINAL WEEKEND – A WEEKEND OF CELEBRATION Next weekend will be one of the busiest in Thurles since the All-Ireland final weekend in 1984 as the Munster Council in conjunction with the Tipperary County Board organise an action packed weekend to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the GAA. Events kick off on Friday evening, July 10th when Thurles Town Council hosts a civic reception for the Munster Council and Tipperary County Board at 7pm in The Tipperary Institute. At 8.30pm there will be a historical presentation open to the public in the Tipperary Institute. It will be chaired by Dr. Willie Nolan of UCD, a native of Ballinastick. The 3 speakers are Seamus Leahy of St. Mary’s in Clonmel and a member of the famed Leahy family, who will give a personal perspective on the Foundation Members of the GAA; John Arnold from Fermoy, who will speak about the GAA rivalries between the counties of Munster and Damian Cullen, a journalist and a native of Dublin with Lough-
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What do Brakes do? The simple answer : they slow you down. The complex answer : brakes are designed to slow down your vehicle but probably not by the means that you think. The common misconception is that brakes squeeze against a drum or disc, and the pressure of the squeezing action is what slows you down. This in fact is only part of the reason you slow down. Brakes are essentially a mechanism to change energy types. When you're travelling at speed, your vehicle has kinetic energy. When you apply the brakes, the pads or shoes that press against the brake drum or rotor convert that energy into thermal energy via friction. The cooling of the brakes dissipates the heat and the vehicle slows down. This is all to do with The First Law of Thermodynamics, sometimes known as the law of conservation of energy. This states that energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it can only be converted from one form to another. In the case of brakes, it is converted from kinetic energy to thermal energy. Angular force. Because of the configuration of the brake pads and rotor in a disc brake, the location of the point of contact where the friction is generated also provides a mechanical moment to resist the turning motion of the rotor. A word about handbrakes. It's worth spending a moment here to talk about handbrakes. Or parking brakes, e-brakes or emergency brakes depending on where you come from. Whilst they're good for doing handbrake turns, they're not especially effective at actually slowing you down. They will, but you won't be seeing any stellar performance out of them so the term 'emergency brake' is a bit of a misnomer. So why is this? Well, handbrakes are cable-actuated for a start so the amount of power they have is wholly dependent on the amount of tug you have in your arm. There's no hydraulic system to help you out. Apart from that, they only work on the rear wheels, so you're not getting fourwheel braking. On drum-brakes, the handbrake is connected to a small lever that pivots against the end of one of the brake actuating pistons. When you pull the handbrake, the lever gets pulled and the brake shoes are pressed out against the inside of the drum. On disc brakes, the handbrake normally works a second set of brake pads in the rear caliper. They're little spots, about the size of a grown man's thumbprint and they're clamped mechanically against the brake rotor. These pads never need changing because they're normally only used at standstill so generally don't wear much. Their small size is the other reason you shouldn't expect stellar stopping per-
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Getting the best advice that money can bybuy Eamon Walsh QFA Small investors have to cut through the jargon and shop around to find cost-effective, impartial financial advice, writes Eamonn Walsh. When it comes to our health, most of us wouldn't dream of relying on selfdiagnosis; it's second nature to seek advice from an experienced, qualified doctor. But when it comes to managing our finances, many of us take a DIY approach, with varying degrees of success. It's the norm to have a trusted family GP and dentist. Isn't it common sense to add a financial adviser to the list and should we not take some time to ensure that we have the best available information when it comes to money matters? Whether you're in need of a general financial check-up or require more specific guidance - such as where to invest that €10,000 that's gathering dust on deposit - getting professional advice can have its advantages. For one, independent financial advisers can save their clients time and money by shopping around for products and services on their behalf, and can sometimes negotiate discounts. Furthermore, they can recommend which investment options would best match the individual's risk profile. So far, so good. But remember that not all financial advisers are created equal, and unfortunately, the term "independent advice" is subject to some very loose interpretations, as a cursory glance at the Financial Services Ombudsman's website proves. It is littered with cautionary tales, ranging from inappropriate investment products being sold to elderly people by their advisers to mortgage brokers failing to disclose conflicts of interest. If you're a small investor without much financial expertise, how will you find an adviser that you can trust to look after your best interests rather than someone who will simply line their own pockets? The first rule of thumb is that it's impossible to receive independent advice from a bank, or a tied agent (who, as the name suggests, is tied to
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warns the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority. "Even where you don't pay a fee directly, the cost of the product you buy will generally include the cost of commission or salaries, or both." But won't the broker's commission influence the sale? Jack Fitzpatrick, chairman of the Professional Insurance Brokers' Association, refers to the protection provided by regulation, in particular the Consumer Protection Code. "Whatever product is chosen, it has to be followed up by a rigorous 'reasons why' [ letter] by the financial adviser," he explains, adding that the adviser must be able to stand over their recommendation. "It's a really robust process, and it's all backed up by the financial regulator being able to go in and carry out inspections." Nevertheless, clearly your best chance of accessing impartial and complete advice is with an authorised adviser. "We're working for the client rather than the institution," says authorised adviser Eamonn Walsh of Eamonn Walsh Mortgages and Investments Ltd. "We're not limited in the number of institutions we use." He explains that his firm uses a research engine called www.adviserplus.ie to search all financial products in the market. Regulations are also in place to require brokers to disclose whether they are tied, multi-agency or authorised advisers, but the regulator still sees fit to publish an exhaustive list of the precise status of all investment brokers on its main website. Another problem in this area is the confusion that surrounds the various terms used to classify financial advisers:” QFA”, "multi-agency intermediary" and "authorised adviser" mean nothing to the average person. (The Qualified Financial Advisor Diploma, offered by the Institute of Bankers in partnership with LIA and the Insurance Institute of Ireland, satisfies the educational requirements for designation as a Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA). Anyone who successfully completes the diploma course is
recognised by the Financial Regulator as having the skills and knowledge to adequately advise consumers on financial services and products. ) "The problem behind this is that when the financial regulator brought these [ terms in], it didn't consult with the industry bodies," says Jack Fitzpatrick, chairman of the Professional Insurance Brokers Association (Piba). "So what we're actually looking for is that we get back to simple terms." The financial regulator began a review in December (working with representative bodies such as Piba), which it says will "consider appropriate terms to describe insurance and mortgage intermediaries that will reflect the range of services provided and will be clear for consumers". The second strand of the review will focus on "improving transparency in relation to the services provided by the insurance intermediary and how the insurance intermediary is remunerated", according to the regulator. It remains to be seen whether this review will simply produce a whole new set of mystifying acronyms, or actually make it easier for the unsophisticated small investor to find out exactly where to get unbiased, independent advice. In the meantime, what is your best option? Rather than plucking a name at random from a list with no indication of pricing, word of mouth continues to appear the best starting point. But don't rely on recommendations alone. Make your own enquires to ensure that you're dealing with a reputable, trustworthy, well-established outfit with qualified staff and a good track record. Eamonn Walsh Mortgages & Investments Ltd is regulated by the Financial Regulator as an Authorised Advisor and Mortgage Intermediary. Eamonn can be contacted @ 0860471147 or by e-mail email@example.com.
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The Summer Season Continues at The Source Remember, just because it’s summer doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do in the evenings. The Source still has a full season of events until the end of September when the autumn / winter season kicks off. This Saturday sees the much anticipated return of Eamon Morrissey in the role that made him famous, (no, not Cass Cassidy) The Brother. So if “a pint of plain is your only man”, this is the place to be. On Saturday 25th July at 7pm, there’s a chance to become involved in probably the world’s first live computer game. After a rest in August it’s fiddles, banjos and mandolins at the ready for Canadian bluegrass sensations, The Foggy Hogtown
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Templemore Athletic Club Facts: Founded 31st August 1976 Address: Town Park, Templemore, Co. Tipperary. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: (i) Geraldine Ingreim Secretary (087) 9960837 (ii) Martin Leyden PRO/Coach (087) 2096356 Membership: Caters for Juveniles, Juniors, Seniors, Masters & Novices Present membership in these categories 127 (Jan – June 2009). This represents an increase of over 13% on the same period in 2008. (Full Membership for 7 to 75 years old) Associated members are those people who use the Athletic track for walking or jogging and who are now competitive (Leisure Members). There are 150 people in this category.
(C) Road Races (April – September) including the Ladies Mini Marathon Facilities The Club has just completed a World Class facility in the Town Park, Templemore, Comprising an eight lane 400 metre, floodlit Olympic Athletic Track which encompasses all field events facilities (Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt etc..)
The cost of the project was €850,000 Official Opening of athletic Track. 16th November 2007, An Taoisheach, Mr. Berthis was funded by €450,000 from the tie Ahern T.D. cut the ribbon to officially open the new athletic track in TemplemDepartment of Sport, €100,000 from ore. (L to R) Michael Smith Jnr MCC; Dr. Joe hennessy MCC; Mr. Mike Keeley, Templemore Town Council and Mayor of Templemore; Marcus Wilson, Town Council; Michael Smith Senior; Senator Alan Kelly; Noel Coonan T.D.; An Taoisheach; John Hogan MCC; Mrs. Lilly North Tipp C.C. This means that the O'Brien, Town Council and Maire Hoctor T.D. Club raised €300,000 over the past eight years through its many and varied fundraising ideas. Gerry Lyons Geraldine Ingram (Race Walk) Seamus Kavanagh Margaret Danagher (Cross Country & Training: Training takes place beOpening Hours Seamus Hartigan 1,500) Jonny Doran Rachel McMillan (H.J.) John Slattery Liam Harty (Race Walk) Trevor Nesirky etc.. Christine Moore (Race Walk) Marie Danagher (Race Walk) B.B.Q. Alan Dunford (100m & 200m) As part of the clubs on going FundKieran Jackman (100m & 200m) raising Drive it will hold a “Gala Jarlath Duffy (100m & 200m) Summer B.B.Q” in the Spinning Martin O’Brien (Race Walk) Wheel Lounge and Gardens, Patrick Tomas Connor (400m) Street, Templemore, on Bank HoliConnie Lynch (Cross Country) day Sunday, August 2nd from 5p.m. Monica Reilly (800m) – 9p.m. This is to assist with purAlan Kavanagh (Hammer) chasing the remaining Athletic Stephen O’Toole (Marathon/Ultra Equipment e.g. Pole Vault, Discus Marathon and Hammer Cage. Tickets cost €9 Catriona Ryan (Shot Putt) per person or €20 per Family (2 Ailbhe Carroll (Triathlon) Adults & 4 children). Steaks guaranteed, to first one hundred. The meal Sponsor: (l to r) Kevin Duggan (Duggan Builders Templemore) Sponis exclusive Baked Potato, Salad, sor; Mr. Mick Heery President AAJ; Marian Howe, Club Chairperson; Burgers, Sausages, Hot Dogs etc.. Mick Connell, Vice Chairman and Chairman of Club Development plus a full salad as a healthy option. Music also provided. We appeal for tween September and Jul as follows: The Athletic Tract opens seven days your support. Tickets on sale in the (i) Primary School ages on Monday, each week as follows: Spinning Wheel or from the Athletic Wednesday & Friday on the Athletic Monday to Thursday (9.30 – 12.00 Track Office. track between 7 – 8 p.m. noon) Enquiries on this or any Club matter (ii) Secondary School ages, Third Monday to Friday (5.30 – 7.30 p.m.) to 087 2096356 to 087 9960837 level pupils, adults et on Monday, Saturday (10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.) Special Olympian; Julie McGrath receivWednesday & Friday as above with Sunday (10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.) September ing her presentation from Club Secretary, additional training on Tuesday at Training continues to July 24th and Ms. Geraldine Ingram at the Clubs Awards night for winning a bronze medal 7.30p.m. The cost of using the facility for will then resume on September 2nd. in the World Special Olympic Games in (iii) Thursday: Borrisoleigh at 7p.m. joggers/runners who are not full emBeijing, China in the Hurling Field for all ages. bers of Templemore A.C. is as folInternational Athletes (iv) Autumn & Winter also sees Club lows: The following club members have Athletics training on Sunday morning €2 per night or €10 per month represented Ireland in International between 11.45 – 1p.m. (walker/jogger) Competition €3 per night (senior competitive Ath- (in no particular order) International: 24 Athletics have rep- lete) or €15 per month resented Ireland at International level €20 per month per family Mark Gillen (800m & 1,500) €50 per person per year (Adult) Mary Stapleton (H.J.) Competition: The Club competes in €20 per year (Juvenile) Joe Kenny (Javelin & T.J.) the following competitions: €75 per year (family membership) Johnny Doran (Cross Country) (l to r) Mick Delahunty, caretaker; Liam (A) Track & Field Trainers & Coaches Brian Murray (Cross Country & Harty, atlete of the year 2007 and Munster (i) Indoors (January – April) The following are the trainers and 1,500) 3000 Champion 2006, 2007, 2008 & (ii) Outdoors (May – August) coaches in Templemore A.C. Aisling Dolan (Race Walk) 2009; Seamus Hartigan, coach. (B) Cross Country (Oct. – January) Martin Leyden Jackie Cahill (Race Walk)
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Cloughjordan Festival There were so many highlights at this year's Cloughjordan Festival! Here are a few photos from a hugely successful festival. Thanks to all the sponsors, especially North Tipperary County Council, and everyone who attended events for making this a truly wonderful festival.
Three little pigs go to the city in the Cork Circus production Higgeldy Piggeldy
CloughChoir: The Cloughjordan Community Choir with director John Armitage performing The Captain's Song from The Pirates of Penzance
The Cloughjordan Heritage Group recreated an old-time rambling house in the parochial Hall. Fear an tĂ Seamus Costello and audience listen to a song. Guest musicians Prey Trio performing at Classic Cloughjordan
A giant seahorse about to graze at the Cloughjordan Festival market!
Getting down to the job in hand at the hurdle weaving workshop
Farmer Wiebe Sopeboer shows off his IH-McCormick tractor at the rally
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Warren Buffett is an investor who has gained the respect and awe of the entire investment community with his soldier like discipline, rocketing success and his constant battle with Bill Gates as the richest man in the world. The Introduction of this book boasts that it is a “step-by-step guide – complete with a worksheet to assist you” which will show you “exactly how to invest like Warren Buffett… RIGHT NOW!” This sets high expectations from the start, but it does exactly what it says on the tin. It does focus on the US with American sites to get info. However, the actual system could be replicated on any market in the world.
your hand completely through sifting your way to find the information required. A point to note is that the place to find “Financial Statements” is not as show, but instead as a sub menu on the left of “Financial Results”, which is illustrated later in the book. There are a number of criteria to be ascertained and scored.
“Valuation “ summed up the preceding chapters and led us right to the decision of whether or not to invest with some minor computations, with the aid of a particular online calculator designed to facilitate us. The “final step” is to read the reports of the companies that you are interested in. This may scare people not trained The book starts off with some conin the process of doing so. I’m not an cepts including visualising your accountant, but I have undertaken stocks as companies, not just symseveral trainings to enable me to inbols and prices, diversification and terpret financial statements. Howevyour company’s “moat”. These are er, if you haven’t, this is not a crucial certainly things to think about and be step. This is simply a tool to equip clear about, but at this point, I felt you with the in depth knowledge of that there weren’t quantitative meas- how the company is performing, its ures that I could follow so I knew outlook for the future etc. However, that “I was doing it right”. Important- if it passes the rigorous steps of “The ly however, there were three points Buffett System”, you can be sure that on “how to do it wrong”, i.e. the it has a lot going for it. Personally, I three biggest mistakes that investors enjoy analysing accounts and if you make. I thought this was an apt place want to seriously delve into the stock to slot this section in, so as to rid our- selection, look around for a course in selves of bad habits before learning basic accounting or a level above. how to implement the strategy. With reference to selling, I quote “we Firstly, there were a number of won’t be offering any vague advice “value screeners” offered so as to here” and it’s true – the book gives find a place to start. This is extremely another simple process to make it important as a journey is difficult to possible for you to decide whether to end if there is no starting point. In hold or sell. The book finishes with addition, each of the sites suggested some appendices i.e. a worksheet were free, so there wasn’t any addiwhich provides the template for tional payment needed to go forward. one’s investments, suggested reading I checked each of them out and they etc. offer various different criteria that can be used to eliminate or detect For the advanced investor, I would stocks as you choose. suggest writing far out of the money calls to increase your income and “Crunching the Numbers” covered perhaps do better than the Buffett the actual roadmap of picking out the System. important numbers lending to funda- Overall, I found this an excellent mental analysis and processing them. book and would highly recommend it This was the part that really did it for to either a novice or experienced me. Again in keeping with the tone seeking a worthwhile, profitable sysof the book, a place to find the tem for picking out stocks to include “numbers” was offered, so as to elim- in your portfolio. If you would like to inate any uncertainty as to where to learn more about the book or purascertain the information. Due to the chase it online, you can do so at importance of this section, several www.stockmarketsuccessonline.com. screen shots are included to hold
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Irish Coastguard Helicopter visits Dromineer The Lough Derg Lifeboat Station, based in Dromineer, Co. Tipperary, organised a visit by the Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter on Saturday June 27th. Visitors were shown around the outside and inside of the helicopter by some of the crew who explained the various equipment they use in rescues. They carry a wealth of the latest safety equipment and high tech instruments designed to aid in the search and rescue operations that are carried out. For instance Thermal Imaging Cameras allow for the easier locating of people in the water.
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Members of Lorrha Active Retirement manning their stall at the Lorrha Development family fun day recently. From left: Betty Reddish, Nancy White (Secretary), Ann Power, Phyl Jordan. Pic: Rose Mannion.
Best child handlers. Ashling Maroney, Emma Mooney, Aoife Hogan with judge Tracy Mackintosh at the Lorrha Family Fun Day. Photo: Rose Mannion.
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North Tipp Wheelers Race 3 in the J. Moynan TT Series was ridden on Thursday evening 25th June and luckily, it was a warm, sunny evening although a bit breezy. However, it wasn't bad enough to stop all the riders improve on their times. René Van Dam from Cycling Pursuits in Limerick set the fastest time of the series so far with a tyre-scorching 30.47. Will Murphy, John Foote and Mike O'Keeffe took the next three places while the placing of the handicaps caused a lot of interest because young John McCarthy rode well within in handicap time to take the stage by just one second. Eamon Hartnett, who also put in an excellent TT was the second club member with Keith Horan and John Foote chasing after them. Race 4 in the TT series was raced on Thursday 2nd July and although it was a fine, sunny if a little breezy evening, the number of entrants were down a bit due to various circumstances but good times were achieved - times very similar to the previous week. John Foote was the fastest club rider on the night with Will Murphy just 22 seconds behind him and Mike O'Keeffe and Liam Callaghan in third and fourth. This was a great result for Liam who had been away working for two weeks with no chance to even train! With handicaps in place, John Foote took the stage with last weeks winner, an ever-improving John McCarthy in second and Will Murphy and Mike O'Keeffe in third and fourth. The battle of the evening however, took place between two former club members, René Van Dam of Cycling Pursuits in Limerick and FBD
Insurance Ras rider, Michael Butler of Eurocycles, Dublin. René is still in TT mode after just having finished the Limerick series and he showed his consistency by being just one second slower over the 14 miles than he had been the previous week. A scorching time of 30.48 while Michael wasn't too far behind him in 31.24. A great time from both men!
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County Tipperary HSE Community Games Athletics Finals 2009 The Athletics Finals of Co. Tipperary HSE Community Games took place recently in the fantastic facilities in Templemore. Ours thanks go to Martin Leydon and his committee in Templemore for making the track available to us, to the hard-working Paddy McLoughlin on the gate and to the North Tipperary Civil Defence for providing the first aid on the day. Almost every area in the County was represented and we had one of largest ever grouping of spectators and supporters ever seen at our County Finals. Despite some of the inclement weather the standard of competition was very high, none more so than in the Boys U-14 800m where Tom Hennessey of Ballinahinch/Killoscully had to battle all the way to hold off the younger Liam Finn from Silvermines. The Girls U-10 200m was a superb race with Lara O’Dwyer of Tipp Town showing her experience to beat Alannah Deering of Nenagh on the line with Eve McCarthy of Ballina gaining on the two girls with every stride. The Girls U-16 Javelin was won by Caroline Morgan from Cloughjordan from Claire Hogan of St. Flannan’s. Dan Finnerty from Ballina led the Boys U-16 Discus from start to finish with Sam Dunphy of Carrick-on-Suir in second and Thomas Kennedy of Ballinahinch/Killoscully in third place. The Girls U-14 Long Puck had to go to a Puck Off as there was nothing separating Aoife O’Brien of Cahir and Chloe Kirwan of Roscrea, Aoife emerged as the eventual winner by 3cms, Chloe will be delighted with her own performance considering she had another 3 years at this competition. One of the best and most competitive races of the day was the Boys U-12 Boys Relay. Grangemockler and Cloughjordan ran in the same semi-final with Cloughjordan winning that race by the narrowest of margins, however, in the Final the Grangemockler boys baton changing was excellent and played a big part in the being crowned County Champions. Many thanks to all the areas and officials who helped out on the day. Girls & Boys. U8 60m Louise Fallon Mullinahone Sean Freaney Kilsheelan Tegan Kiely Kilsheelan Ben Coen Fethard Killusty Anna Ryan Moycarkey Stephen Browne Knockavilla U8 80m Emma O Dwyer Tipp Town Josh Egan Ballina Karina Byrne Hickey Roscrea Sam Loughran Ballina Sarah Burke Annacarty Cathal Kelly Kilsheelan U10 100m Olivia Morgan Nenagh Conor Murphy St Mar
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2009 Munster SH Championship Final - Tipperary V Waterford Semple Stadium on Sunday, July 12th at 4:00pm Management Profiles Liam Sheedy (Portroe), Eamon O’Shea (Kilruane MacDonaghs) and Michael Ryan (UpperchurchDrombane) are in their second season in charge of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team.
championship in 1990 and a Munster minor hurling championship in 1987. He also won two NHL titles in 1994 and 1999.
Tipperary Path to Final: Tipperary 3-18 Clare 1-22 Páirc na nGael Limerick Munster S/F 21/6/09 Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19 Semple Stadium Liam Sheedy who is team manager, Thurles Munster Q/F 31/5/09 was previously a senior hurling selector in 2003 and was Manager of Tipperary Team v Clare 21/6/09: the Tipperary Minor Hurling team B Cummins; P Stapleton, in 2005 and 2006, winning an All- P Curran, C O'Brien; Ireland title in 2006. He also served D Fanning, C O'Mahony (Capt.), P as Manager of the Intermediate Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; P Hurling team. He played 7 senior Kerwick, hurling championship games for S Callanan, J O'Brien; E Kelly, L Tipperary between 1997 and 1999. Corbett, N McGrath. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in Subs: B Maher for O'Mahony (ht), 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling W Ryan for Kerwick (53), championship in 1990 and a Mun- B Dunne for S McGrath (62), ster minor hurling championship in H Maloney for Callanan (63), 1987. He won a NHL title in 1999. P Kelly for E Kelly (66). He also won Munster and All-Ireland junior hurling championship Scorers: N McGrath 0-7 (0-1f, 0-1 s/l), J O'Brien 1-2, L Corbett 1-1, P medals in 1989 and 1991. Kerwick, E Kelly (0-3f) 0-3 each, Eamon O’Shea who is team coach, S Callanan 1-0, J Woodlock, D played 5 senior hurling champion- Fanning 0-1 each ship games for Tipperary between 1979 and 1986. He also played senior inter-county hurling with Dublin. He won Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling championships with Tipperary in 1976, Munster and All-Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1979, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1978 and a NHL title in 1979. He won 4 County SH championships with Kilruane MacDonaghs and won an All-Ireland club title with them in the 1985/86 season.
Tipperary Team v Cork 31/5//09: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O'Brien; D Fanning, C O'Mahony (Capt.), P Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; N McGrath, S Callanan, J O'Brien; E Kelly, L Corbett, M Webster.
Subs: P Kerwick for Webster (51), B Maher for O'Mahony (55), D Gleeson for Cummins (blood-sub 60), G Ryan for N McGrath (63), B Dunne for Michael Ryan played 24 senior Woodlock (65), P Kelly for hurling championship games for Callanan (68). Tipperary in a senior inter-county career that started in 1991 versus Scorers: S Callanan 1-3, E Kelly 0-5 (4f), N McGrath, Limerick and ended with his retireL Corbett 0-3 each, B ment in 2000. He won Munster and All-Ireland SH championships in Dunne, S McGrath (1 line ball) 0-2 1991. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling
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Last Tipp v Waterford Munster Final and Munster Championship games in Thurles: Tipp and Waterford last played in a Munster Final, at Thurles, on July 6th 1958. In front of a 41,384 attendance Tipp dethroned the Munster champions by 4-12 to 1-5. The only championship meeting between the counties at Thurles since then was on May 20th 1973, when Tipperary survived an early Waterford scoring burst to win a first round game by 1-16 to 2-8. Jimmy Doyle played in goal for Tipperary on that occasion (his last championship appearance for Tipp) and the respective captains were Francis Loughnane ( Roscrea) and Stephen Greene (Mount Sion). Appearances in 09 Paul Curran is the only played who has started all 10 games Tipperary have played in League and Championship this year. Benny Dunne, John O’Brien and James Woodlock have played in all 10 games either starting or coming on as a substitute. Championship Scorers in 09 Noel McGrath is the top scorer for Tipperary after their first two championship games with 0-10. He is followed in the scoring stakes by Seamus Callanan (2-3), Eoin Kelly (0-8), Lar Corbett (1-4) and John O’Brien (1-3). Championship Debutants under Liam Sheedy Liam Sheedy has given 9 players championship debuts in his 2 seasons as Tipp SH Manager: Seamus Callanan, Darren Gleeson, Pat Kerwick, Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Noel McGrath, Conor O’Brien, Gearoid Ryan and Paddy Stapleton. Regulars Tipperary have appeared in 62 Munster Finals and won 37.There have been many memorable occasions over the years, but for those who were there it would be hard to match the emotion of Killarney on July 19th 1987 – the day the Tipperary captain and current Dublin selector Richard Stakelum proudly declared ‘’The famine is over’’. Early Starter In the GAA Centenary year (1984) there was a tremendous Munster Final played at Semple Stadium, when Tipp were pipped by Cork. The Tipperary goalkeeper on that occasion was John Sheedy, whose
young brother Liam, now the Tipp Manager, was the sub goalkeeper for the North Tipp team, which beat Cork City South in the first game of the day - the Munster Under 16 Final. First strike Lar Corbett, who came on as a substitute, scored his first Championship goal against Waterford in their 2006 Munster semi final meeting at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Lar has faced The Decies on four occasions in the Championship and scored a total of 1-4 against them. Overall he has played in 34 championship games for Tipp – started 26 and came on as a substitute in 8 – and scored a total of 8 goals and 40 points. Cummins Debut Brendan Cummins made his senior championship debut v. Waterford in the first round game at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, on May 21st 1995. Tipp had an easy win on that occasion. Overall Brendan has played against Waterford on nine occasions in the championship, winning four times and losing five. He kept a clean sheet in the 1998 and 2000 clashes at Páirc Ui Chaoimh. If selected for the Munster Final, he will make his 54th championship appearance for Tipperary, which will equal the record number of appearances for Tipperary held by John Doyle of Holycross-Ballycahill, who is Tipperary’s most successful hurler with 8 All Ireland medals, 10 Munster SH championship medal and 11 National Hurling League medals in a 19 season inter-county career from 1949 to 1967. Attendances The attendance at the 2002 Munster final between Tipp and Waterford at Páirc Ui Chaoimh was 40,276. Their previous final meeting in 1989 also at Páirc Ui Chaoimh drew a crowd of only 30,241. While that was the 100th Munster Final and Waterford had beaten Clare and Cork to qualify, the ‘live’ television broadcast kept many people at home. It was a scrappy game and after five bookings and two sendings off, the Tipp Captain Bobby Ryan received the Munster Cup from Provincial Chairman Michael Maher. He was the first Tipp captain to lift the cup in Cork since his uncle Pat Stakelum RIP had done so, forty years earlier. Record Last year’s All Ireland Semi final meeting at Croke Park produced a record championship crowd of
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Parents urged to play outside with Children IPPA calls on parents - especially Dads and Grandads - to get out and play with young children over the summer holidays – children laugh more when they play outdoors
It suggests that parents, “Set up a tent or create a den in the garden where the little ones can play house or builders or fire brigade or any of the imaginary roles that they love. Help them organise hide and go seek games, games of skipping or ‘rounders’ or any of the street games that you remember from your youth. Young children learn to play from adults and older children and unless they are encouraged they slide into laziness and settle for indoor and computer activity. So let’s embrace the beauty of the natural world as a backdrop to outdoor play activities for all our children during the preschool and primary school holidays.”
Irish Preschool Play Association (IPPA) is urging parents, grandparents and carers around the country to switch off their televisions and computers and to get out of the house to play with their young charges this summer. As preschools and primary schools wind down for the holidays, IPPA, which represents over 50,000 families around the country through crèches, playgroups and parent and toddler groups, has issued a challenge to families with young children to cre- IPPA has several publications on the ate more time and space for children to benefits of play and regularly hosts play outdoors. seminars around the country on outdoor play. The organisation spreads According to Irene Gunning, CEO of the word about the consequences of IPPA, “There is a real danger right play deprivation and suggests practical now that children are losing the practips to encourage more time and space tices and skills of neighbourhood play for outdoor play. This campaign refor the want of people to pass on the flects IPPA’s commitment to promote games. So time invested at the beginplay as the key learning tool of young ning of the summer means that they children in Ireland today. get into the swing of meeting together outdoors and organising themselves.” Founded in 1969 and celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, IPPA repreIn a website message this week, IPPA sents over 50,000 families around the suggests that, “Dads and Grandads in country through its membership base particular have an important role to of crèches, playgroups, parent and todplay as they are traditionally much betdler groups, after-school and out of ter at the ‘rough and tumble aspect of school groups as well as individual play’ which is very important for both members. IPPA is supported through boys and girls. Good, old fashioned the Office of the Minister for Children outdoor play doesn’t cost anything and and Youth Affairs, the HSE, the NCIP it is the best form of activity for young (National Childcare Investment Prochildren for keeping them fit, ensuring gramme) and via membership and emtheir overall well-being, improving ploys 26 people in its office in their social skills and boosting their Tallaght, Dublin. self confidence and research clearly shows that children laugh much more when they play outdoors.”
Great Truths That Children Have Learned 1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats. 2) When your Mum is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair. 3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person. 4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato. 5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food. 6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair. 7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time. 8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. 9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts. 10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap.
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Great Truths That Adults Have Learned 1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
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Seem to stir up trouble just when you seem to be getting closer to each other?
Abuse something you love: a pet, a child, an object?
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Incite you to rage, which is ‘proof’ that you are to blame?
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Frequently say things that are later denied or accuse you of misunderstanding?
Treat you like a sex object, or as though sex should be provided on demand regardless of how you feel?
Continued in next issue) Jim O’Shea works as a counsellor from Furze, Thurles. Ph. 087 8211009 www.jimoshea.net .
JimO’Shea’s book ‘When a child dies. Footsteps of a Grieving Family’ is published by Veritas. The royalties from this book will go tosthe Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.
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