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TIPP IN ALL IRELAND SENIOR HURLING FINAL Congratulations to the Tipperary Senior Hurlers and Management on their comprehensive victory over Limerick in the All Ireland Senior Hurling semifinal in Croke Park on Sunday last. All roads lead to Croke Park again on Sunday September 6th when Tipperary play Kilkenny in the All Ireland final. Kilkenny are seeking to achieve 4 titles in a row for the first time in their history. Cork (1941-44) is the only other county to win 4 titles in a row. Uniquely Tipperary have defeated all the other 4 counties which participated in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship on their path to the final so there is no doubting their status as kingpins of Munster. It will be the 15th All Ireland final between Tipperary and Kilkenny with Tipp winning 9 and Kilkenny winning 5 of the previous 14 encounters. Tipp have won 6 of the last 7 final encounters (1937, 1945, 1950, 1964, 1971 and 1991) with Kilkenny’s win coming in 1967. However, history will count for little on September 6th as victory will go to the better team and there is no doubt that Kilkenny will start the game as favourites. MONSTER ALL IRELAND FINAL DRAW
over many years and your great support for our county teams. We hope you will be able to give us your support again for this Monster Draw. If anybody can assist with selling tickets for the draw, please contact your local GAA club or Lár na Páirce (0504 22702). ALL IRELAND FINAL NIGHT BANQUET In keeping with a tradition of over 50 years, The Tipperary Association Dublin will host the Tipperary Senior Hurling team for the post match banquet in the Burlington Hotel on All Ireland final night. The function will include a 5 course dinner followed by music and dancing. Tickets are priced at €70 each. Individual tickets or tables for 10 or 12 people may be purchased. Please contact any of the following numbers to reserve a ticket 087 2866018, 086 2550073 or 087 6376663. All tickets must be paid for in advance. Payment should be sent to Pat Ryan, Honorary Treasurer, Tipperary Association Dublin, 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5. DIVISIONAL SENIOR HURLING FINALS
While the county is becoming gripped with the All Ireland build-up, this weekend is a very important one on Would you like to travel in style to the the club hurling scene with the four All Ireland Final, attend the gala bandivisional senior hurling finals being quet afterwards and go on holiday with played (see fixtures in this newspaper the Tipperary team? You can do all for times and venues). In the South this for €20 if you become the lucky and West there is a familiar feel to the winner of the Tipperary County Board pairings with Killenaule defending Monster All Ireland Draw. First prize their title against Mullinahone and in this great draw will be 2 tickets for Clonoulty Rossmore defending their the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final, 2 title against Cappawhite. However in nights accommodation for 2 in the the North and Mid Divisions there are Burlington Hotel on Saturday 5th and 2 novel pairings with Portroe making Sunday 6th September, 2 tickets to the their first ever final appearance against gala banquet in the Burlington Hotel Nenagh Éire Óg and Upperchurch on All Ireland final night and a trip for Drombane also making their first ever 2 on the Tipperary team holiday which final appearance against defending will take place after Christmas. 2nd champions and neighbours Drom and prize will be 2 tickets to the All IreInch. They are all attractive games and land final and 2 tickets to the gala ban- we wish all clubs involved the best of quet plus accommodation in the luck as we do the Divisional Boards Burlington Hotel on All Ireland final for the highlight of their hurling chamnight and 3rd to 10th prizes inclusive pionship year. will be 2 tickets for the All Ireland final. Tickets at €20 each or book of 6 DAN BREEN CUP – COUNTY SENfor €100 are on sale now through IOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP GAA clubs, from Lár na Páirce in Thurles and from County Board offiThe four losing divisional finalists will cials. Tickets will also be on sale at the join Ballybacon Grange, Borris-Ileigh, 4 divisional senior hurling finals this Carrick Swans, Golden Kilfeacle, weekend. All proceeds from the Mon- Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams, ster Draw will go to the team training Loughmore Castleiney, Thurles Sarsfund. Preparing a team for an All Irefields and Toomevara in the draw for land final requires a lot of effort and the first round of the Dan Breen Cup cost and your support for this draw which will be made at the County will enable the Board to cover many of CCC Meeting on Monday August these costs. We are very grateful to all 24th. our supporters for your generosity
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Communication and Media Awards and are named after the late Pádraig The two remaining Seamus O Riain McNamee, former President of the Cup quarter finals will be played this G.A.A., Chairman of the GAA ComSaturday August 22nd. Kildangan v mission (1969-1971) and member of J.K.Brackens will be played in Toom- R.T.E. authority. They are presented evara at 7.00pm and Boherlahan Dual- annually in recognition of outstanding la v Lorrha/Dorrha will be played in contributions made by individuals in Dolla at 7.00pm. Extra time will be the area of media and communicaplayed in both games in the event of a tions. draw. The winners will join Kilruane MacDonaghs and Roscrea in the semi- TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB finals, the draw for which will take GOLF CLASSIC place at the County CCC meeting on August 24th. The Tipperary Supporters Club are holding a golf classic in the PGA NaCOUNTY SENIOR FOOTBALL tional Golf Club at Palmerstown EsCHAMPIONSHIP tate (outside Naas on the N7 to Dublin) on Friday July 4th to raise Defending champions Galtee Rovers, funds for the Tipperary Senior HurlFethard, Killenaule and Moyle Rovers ing team. Teams of 4 cost €700 and have qualified for the county senior tee sponsorship is also available from football championship quarter finals. €100. Please contact John Tierney by These four teams will be joined by the email at email@example.com or by phone four divisional winners. If one of the on 01 6217880 or 087 6821398 for above mentioned four wins a division- further details. al championship, they will go straight to the semi finals. NENAGH ÉIRE ÓG OVER 40S HURLING LEAGUE BRENDAN CUMMINS RECORD NUMBER OF GAMES FOR TIPP The over 40s league organised by the Nenagh Éire Óg club was one of the Congratulations to Brendan Cummins better events to come to the attention on playing his 55th senior hurling of the GAA Scene recently. The championship game for Tipperary brainchild of All Ireland senior hurlagainst Limerick last Sunday. In doing medallist, Conor O’Donovan, the ing so he set a new record surpassing league attracted widespread interest in the 54 games played by John Doyle the town over the last couple of between 1949 and 1967. months and culminated with an attendance of several hundred people in JACKIE CAHILL WINS MCMacDonagh Park, Nenagh, for the NAMEE AWARD finals on Tuesday August 11th. Well done to all concerned for organising Congratulations and well done to Tip- it. perary journalist, Jackie Cahill, who won the McNamee National Media TIPPERARY GAA SCENE Award for his interview with Niall Gilligan, Clare hurler. The interview Information concerning all areas in provided an insightful look into the the GAA will appear in this section in demands faced by inter-county players the future. If you wish to include any but also reveals the enduring passion item of interest in future articles, for playing for your county in the heat please contact the County Public Reof the championship. Combining a lations Officer Ger Ryan at 086career as a top class GAA player and a 8149146 or via e-mail at businessman in these recessionary firstname.lastname@example.org on or before times reflects the extraordinary com3:00pm on Monday. Visit the Tippermitment of the top hurlers and footary GAA web site at ballers and this was captured http://tipperary.gaa.ie to keep up to brilliantly in this article. The Mcdate with all the latest news in TipperNamee Awards are the GAA National ary GAA circles.
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IFA National Livestock Committee Chairman Michael Doran said cattle prices have turned a corner with improved retail sales and tighter supplies of finished cattle both here and in the UK making a real difference to the trade. Michael Doran said cattle prices have increased by 6c to 9c/kg with R grade steers now making €2.94 to €2.97/kg. He said farmers are digging in on price with agents and factories, and are not parting with stock at the lower quoted prices. He said the improved weather has dried up supplies.
Spain at €3.31/kg, €3.19/kg in France and €3.15/kg in Germany. Michael Doran said the import requirement in the UK was rising all the time and with tighter supplies and falling production there were major opportunities for Irish processors to increase prices. He said this was helped by a continuing absence of Brazilian beef due to their failure to meet EU standards.
Future of Irish Grain Production in Doubt IFA National Grain Committee Chairman, Colum McDonnell said that the future of grain production for many growers is in doubt, as crop returns for two years running will fall significantly below the cost of production. IFA estimates that between 40,000 and 50,000 ha of land disappeared from grain production after last year's harvest.
Mr. McDonnell said, “Most growers will lose between €40 to €50/t based on current indicated prices of €90 to €100/t for this harvest. These levels of losses are not sustainable. Given The IFA livestock leader said today's prices a similar amount of “demand and prices have lifted significantly in our main export market Michael Doran said live exports have land could disappear for next year. Credit availability will be the deterin the UK. Beef supplies in Britain been very strong to date this year mining factor for many farmers.” have tightened and prices have lifted with 186,000 animals sold abroad. by 10p to 15p/kg with farmers being He said this has been the only posiThe trade, as usual, will maximise its offered £2.75/kg which is the equiva- tive feature of the livestock trade in lent of €3.36/kg”. He said cattle pric- 2009 as factories have held back the margins by incorporating locally proes have also improved in Northern price benefits of a strong UK market duced grain in highly priced livestock Ireland and across Continental Eusince the beginning of this year. Dis- rations. None of the value added crerope. missing factory criticism of live ex- ated will be passed back to growers. ports from Meat Industry Ireland, he Instead the trade will base its green price on current imported prices, Michael Doran said beef prices across said a strong live export trade is esour main EU markets are also rising sential for cattle price competition in which are the low of the market. with Bord Bia reporting prices in Ita- Ireland. He said, “Grain prices are always on ly at €3.82/kg incl Vat, prices in the floor this time of the year as harvest pressure peaks across Europe and traders move to off load surplus "If you tickle the earth with a hoe she laughs stocks at fire sale prices. Once the harvest is complete and surplus with a harvest." - Douglas William Jerrold stocks are moved the trade pull back from selling and prices invariably The IFA livestock leader said farmers should not sell under finished stock to the factories at the low quoted prices. He said under finished cattle should be sold in the mart.
rise. Unfortunately growers’ prices are pitched to the low of the market and they do not benefit from this rise.” “Despite achieving some of the highest yields in Europe, Irish grain producer margins have been eroded significantly in recent years. Irish fertiliser, seed and chemical prices are significantly more expensive than across Europe and this is eroding our competitiveness. At today’s green grain prices it will take six to seven tonnes of green grain to pay for a tonne of seed barley. Twenty years ago two and a half tonnes of green grain would have paid for a tonne of seed. Input prices need to be brought into line with our competitors.” “Similarly on the grain trading side the system needs to change. The vast majority of Irish growers have no control over the prices they are paid under the current system. UK farmers have an opportunity to sell a harvest over a two-year window. Many have forward sold a considerable portion of this year’s feed wheat crop at prices of up to stg£150/t. This is a far cry from the €130/t on offer today to Irish growers for dried wheat for November collection. There is no way that Irish growers can continue to pay top dollar prices for their inputs and take the lows of the market for the grain.”
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Rents fall 17% over the past 12 months Rents across the country have fallen by a further 5% in the past 3 months, according to the latest report published by the property website Daft.ie. The national average rent now stands at just over €800 per month, down 17% on the same time last year. Across the country, major cities were most affected. In Dublin, rents fell by up to 7% in the past three months, while Cork and Limerick fell by 5%. Falls in Waterford and Galway were smaller, similar to the 4% falls on average outside the main cities over the last three months. Commenting on the report, Ronan Lyons, Economist with Daft.ie said, “The total number of properties available to rent at any one time on Daft.ie has risen steadily over the last two years. In the month of July alone, there were a record 24,000 properties available to rent, about three times the seasonal average. As landlords compete for tenants in a market where supply exceeds demand, these falls in rents are to be expected.” He continued, “There may be signs of some good news for landlords in the latest figures. During July, for the first time since 2007, the number of properties available to rent fell. High
demand for rental properties over the summer months has been reducing the total number of properties available to rent, which may ease downward pressure on rents." Rents in Tipperary Rents fell almost 3.5% in Munster in the second quarter of the year. This means that rents are about 16% below their level of a year ago. This is in line with the national average but below the falls in rents seen in places like Dublin and its commuter counties. The average rent in Tipperary in the second quarter of the year was just over €620, a fall of almost €100 on a year previous. With CAO points out yesterday, the latest trends will be welcome news for new and returning college students. A typical student renting a double-room in Dublin could now expect to save up to €1,000 on average over the course of the coming academic year. This is similar to the likely saving on a two-bedroom property in Galway and Limerick.
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Over 12,000 mortgages drawn down during the second quarter of 2009 * Q2 shows seasonal pick-up over Q1 * First-time buyers account for 1 in 4 of all new mortgages * Home purchaser segments increase market share The IBF/PwC Mortgage Market Profile published last week shows that 12,686 new mortgages to the value of some €2.2 billion were issued during the second quarter of 2009. This shows an increase in activity over the previous quarter in keeping with seasonal trends, as well as an increase to record levels in the share of overall activity for the main home purchaser segments of the market. Although down by some 64% year on year, the volume of new lending in the second quarter (Q2) of 2009 is up 15.4% compared to the previous quarter – reflecting the seasonal pattern of stronger mortgage lending in the second quarter of the year. The following are among the key features of the Q2 2009 data.
* First-time buyers (FTBs) now account for 1 in 4 of all new mortgages issued. With a 25% share of the overall market by volume, they have consistently increased their market share over each of the last six quarters. * The key home purchaser segments of the market – FTBs and Mover Purchasers – together now make up 60% of the total market by value. * The Residential Investment Letting market continues to decline and is the only segment not to record a quarter on quarter increase.
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Irish Brothers Attempt Scuba Dive World Record
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I no longer eat KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant In memory of a son and nephew, two freaks with no eyes or feathers. Irish brothers are to make a daring scuba dive in an attempt to enter the I no longer go to bars because someGuinness Book of World Records Thank you for making me feel safe, one will drug me and take my kidand raise funds for sick children. secure, blessed, and wealthy. Beneys and leave me taking a nap in a ‘The World’s Longest Scuba Dive’ cause of your concern....... bathtub full of ice. will begin at Scubadive West Dive Centre off the West coast of Galway I no longer can drink Coca Cola beThanks to you, I have learned that on Saturday, 10th October 2009. The cause it can remove toilet stains. God only answers my prayers if I world record attempt aims to raise forward an email to 7 of my friends funds for the St. Raphael’s I no longer check the coin return on and make a wish within 5 minutes. Children’s Ward at Beaumont Hospipay phones because I could be tal and the charity CD’s Helping pricked with a needle infected with I no longer have any savings because Hands. AIDS. I gave it to a sick girl who has been Declan Devane has been motivated to dying for the past seven years. take on the fundraising challenge in I no longer use cancer-causing deomemory of his two year-old son Cildorants even though I smell like a I no longer have any money at all, lian, who died on 6th February this water buffalo on a hot day. but that will change once I receive year. Declan, along with his brother the $15,000 that Microsoft and AOL Paul Devane, hope to spend 40 hours I no longer go to shopping malls beare sending me for participating in underwater, under the supervision of cause someone will drug me with a their special e-mail program. dive-coordinator Gary Jennings and perfume sample and rob me. with the help and support of ScuNow to Return the Favour: badive West I no longer receive packages from (www.scubadivewest.com) and a UPS or FedEx since they are actually If you don't send this e-mail to at team of support divers. To set the Al Qaeda in disguise. least 1200 people in the next 60 sec- record, the brothers will not be peronds, a large bird with diarrhea will mitted to break the surface of the waI no longer answer the phone because fly over your head at 5:00 PM and ter for the duration of the attempt. someone will ask me to dial a stupid the fleas of a thousand camels will What sets this dive apart from other number for which I will get the infest your armpits. attempts is that it takes place in open phone bill from hell with calls to Jasea rather than an aquarium or pool. maica, Uganda, Singapore, and UzI know this will occur because it ac- In the uncontrolled natural environbekistan. tually happened to a friend of a ment the divers will be exposed to friend of a friend's neighbor's cousin, the elements and a water temperature and he's a lawyer. So you'd better get of less than 15 degrees Celsius. The going on that e-mail!!! team are therefore attempting to claim the Guinness World Record™ for the world’s ‘Longest cold, open saltwater SCUBA dive’. Declan wants to honour his son’s memory and help other children who Kiddies birthdays or that suffer serious illness: “We hope that Special Day. our efforts and peoples generosity Make it really Special with will, together, honour Cillian’s memory, as well as all the children who a Bouncy world Castle and suffer serious illness. By raising
funds for St. Raphael’s Children’s Ward at Beaumont Hospital where Cillian was cared for so well, and for CD’s Helping Hands, which supports the families of sick children, we hope to give something back to those who helped us when our little boy was sick”. The Devane brothers have already had huge support from the scuba diving community, who are providing a range of standard and specialist equipment for the world breaking attempt. Originally from Hollymount in County Mayo, and now living in Galway, the brothers have been amateur divers for a number of years but have never attempted something like this before. As younger brother Paul points out: “It will be October. It will be cold, it will be long. There will be no breaks, no meals, no toilet stops. We want to make it to 40 hours. That’s the equivalent of a working week underwater. It will be a challenge”. The divers face a number of risks but have prepared well to minimise the risks. As dive co-ordinator Gary Jennings points out: “The biggest risk to the guys is hypothermia but we have specialised equipment to combat this insofar as is possible and have meticulously planned every aspect of the dive from dealing with the many cylinders of air the guys will need to how to keep the guys occupied for such a long dive. I’ve every confidence the guys will pull this off. They can have no better motivation”. To find out more about the world record attempt and show your support visit www.worldslongestscubadive.com
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The third in a series of Points Sprint Races was held last Thursday evening, the 6th August by popular request of the riders concerned. The route remained the same - the straight between Donal Ryan's roundabout and the one at the end of the bypass - a round distance of 2 miles. There were ten sprints in all, five with a long sprint and five with a short burst as we try to please all types of riders! This week we had four guest riders - Alan Loftus and Patrick Rohan from Limerick CC, René Van Dam from Cycling Pursuits and Conor Ryan. Once again, the strongest sprinter from the club was Shane Scully, taking his second consecutive victory with 44 points - just six off
maximum. Eamon Hartnett, riding this type of race for the first time came second with 35 points and Paul Lenihan was third with 32 points.
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Killea Fun Day On Sunday 30th August, in Killea’s sportsfield, there will be a Fun Day with a Dog Show and Vintage Display. The Thomas McDonagh Pipe Band will open the event at 1.30pm. The proceeds of this event will go towards a defibrillator for the Killea Parish and the remainder of the profit will be divided amongst the Killea GAA, Killea N.S., Killea FAS and Killea Graveyard Committee There will be plenty of events to amuse and entertain everybody,and
Since late spring children have been out here in their droves, either with their school or with our annual Summer Camp, Detective in the Wild. What we notice is how genuinely and easily the children connect with the natural world, how they are filled with awe and wonder the kids will be well catered for as in this unique wetland environment, well, with loads of free events laid lapping up its sights and effortlessly on for them, including face paintabsorbing information and ideas. It ing, bouncing castles, art competi- makes some of us wonder if there tion hair breading and pony rides. isn’t an innate link between children There will be refreshments, looked and nature, and that it tends to get after by the Ladies Committee with overrun as they get older and encounter the attractions of the soplenty of top class confectionary. called ‘sophisticated’, more ‘advanced’ teenage and adult worlds. This event was a huge success last year, so be sure not to miss it as it Now here’s an opportunity for all the is a great day out for the young and family to enjoy this natural resource. the old alike. So don’t make any other plans for Sunday 30th August and we will se you there.
Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali To Visit Ennis Muhammad Ali has accepted an invitation from Ennis Town Council to visit his ancestral Irish home next month, it has been confirmed. The former world heavyweight champion, now 67 and fighting Parkinson’s disease, will visit the birthplace of his great grandfather during the afternoon of Tuesday, 1 September 2009. Council officials met with Ali’s representatives in Ennis, Co Clare, today to finalise a date for the visit. Ali’s great grandfather Abe Grady emigrated from his home on the Turnpike Road in Ennis to the United States in the 1860s. Grady sailed from Cappa Harbour in Kilrush, County Clare, eventually settling in Kentucky, where he married an African-American woman. Their son also married an African-American and one of the daughters of that union was Ali’s mother, named Odessa Lee Grady. She married Cassius Clay, senior, and they settled in Louisville, where their son was initially given his father’s name on his birth in 1942. He later changed his name to Muhammad Ali when he converted to the Nation of Islam after winning the world title in 1964.
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of Ali’s visit would be finalised during a special meeting of Ennis Town Council on Monday week. The Mayor continued: “This is a very exciting event for the people of Ennis and Co Clare who will get to see the boxing legend when he embarks on a drive throughout the town and the birthplace of his great grandfather. I will be proposing at the Town Council meeting that a Civic Reception, the highest honour that this town can give, be held in Muhammad Ali’s honour. I will also be proposing that he be named the first Honorary Freeman of Ennis Town”. Mayor Neylon added: “The public interest in this planned visit has been immense and I believe that the publicity surrounding it will result in thousands of additional visitors to the town. The visit will serve as a huge boost to the local economy including its bars and hotels, which have experienced a huge downturn in business over the last year. I have no doubt that the people of Clare will turn out in huge numbers to welcome Muhammad Ali and that the boxer himself will thoroughly enjoy his visit to the Ireland’s Banner County.”
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Cabragh Wetlands is holding its Open Day on Sunday August 30th Eanna ni Lamhna returns to lead a guided walk and give a talk; there will also be crafts, raffle, auction, animals, fun for the children, teas and cakes, and displays from a variety of experts on various systems of renewable energy and home heating. There is something here for everyone, and we hope for a huge turnout again. The weather, of course, will be fine! There will be a Children’s Art Competition, with entries in whichever medium you like – drawing or painting, sculpture, woodcraft, poetry, or whatever. Entries must conform to a theme of the natural world. Bring them along on the day, and Eanna ni Lamhna will be our judge and give out the prizes.
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Drood by Dan Simmons This blockbuster historical novel, set over the final years in the life of Charles Dickens, is a puzzling examination of madness and literary rivalry, sometimes comic, sometimes horrific. Drood is narrated by Wilkie Collins, who is remembered today as the author of The Moonstone and The Woman In White, precursors of the modern mystery novel. Collins is Dickens’ friend and, in his own mind, equal. The book opens with an account of a terrifying rail crash in which Dickens was a passenger and survivor. Moving amongst the dead and dying, Dickens encounters a terrible, spectral figure in black who introduces himself as ‘Drood.’ Dickens proceeds to search for this disfigured creature through the slums and sewers of London, dragging a reluctant Collins along in his wake. This is merely the opening of a long and strange odyssey. As Dickens appears to lose interest in Drood, Collins finds himself ensnared in a strange underworld, addicted to opium. Labouring under the shadow of one of the greatest of literary geniuses, he becomes obsessive, paranoid and possibly delusional. Dan Simmons is best known for his science fiction, but he has also been known to dip into crime and horror. Drood bears more of a resemblance to his previous book, The Terror, an extraordinary fictionalised account of a
doomed Arctic expedition stalked by a supernatural monster. Drood has a pair of doomed authors stalked by a gothic villain. Collins’ pungent narration lays bare Dickens, warts and all, a selfish egoist with a mean, angry streak, yet also kind and generous to a fault, and capable of the most amazing acts of courage and sacrifice. Despite acute mental and physical suffering, Dickens embarks on a gruelling series of reading tours that exact an appalling toll, yet Dickens displays a superhuman strength of will throughout. At 800 pages, Drood is a long read, but one that engages on several levels and keeps the reader guessing until the final pages. Terrific, intelligent entertainment.
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How to invest in your child's education
By Eamonn Walsh QFA
It’s an expensive thing to put your child through private school and/or university, so the sooner you start saving, the better, writes Eamonn Walsh Qualified Financial Advisor
about €1,000 a year this isn’t cheap. The cost of attending college for students living away from home is estimated at about €8,500 a year by Dublin Institute of Technology.
Several financial institutions offer a variety of savings products dedicated to helping pay for education. Deposit accounts are often the most popular, but beware of the fine print.
If you have a teenager already, you’re probably best to stick with savings accounts.
THE RECENT removal of a student from a fee-paying girls school in Dublin for non-payment of fees has thrown the difficulties people face in meeting the costs of education into sharp focus.
Moreover, university fees look to be firmly back on the Government’s agenda. At present, UCD charges about €6,500 a year for students from the European Union who do not qualify for free fees, rising to €12,780 for medicine.
One way banks look to attract customers is by offering an attractive regular savings rate, but it then moves all the funds into a lower-paying account at the end of each year. For example, Halifax’s Child Saver account currently pays 3.75 per cent on savings of between €10-€200 a month.
Like savings accounts, there are some stock market-based products dedicated to saving for an education but again, this doesn’t mean that they are the best choice.
While for most of the population private schools aren’t on the agenda, a “free” education in Ireland still costs money when you factor in necessities such as uniforms, books and registration fees. It is widely accepted that educating a child in the public system to third-level costs about €60,000. With university fees likely to be reintroduced, parents may need to have substantially higher savings for those expensive years. So, how much do you need to save and what are the options on the market to help you build an education fund? The first step in creating a savings plan to educate your children is to estimate how much money you may need. To reach this number, you should take into consideration the type of school they will be attending (public or private), the possibility that fees will be reintroduced for third level, your time horizon and, of course, inflation. HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? Last year, Bank of Ireland estimated that the annual cost of attending a public primary school was about €1,200 a year, taking into account such costs as transport, uniform, books and food. For secondary school, the annual costs rose to more than €2,000. So, to educate a child all the way up to the Leaving Certificate will cost you about €22,000. However, for many parents, the cost will exceed the above as children going to private schools will also incur fees. Since the removal of university fees, applications for private schools have soared, but so have their prices. On average, parents can expect to pay about €4,000 a child a year for private school. If you include transition year, this brings the cost up to €24,000 a child for secondary school only, or €56,000 for both primary and secondary. On top of the aforementioned everyday expenses, this would bring your expenses up to €78,000 – all before university! At present, there is no charge for third-level education in Ireland, apart from a registration fee. However, at
If these fees are introduced across the board for Irish students and you don’t qualify for a grant, the cost of attending university for a child living away from home will jump to €60,000 over the course of four years. So, to educate a child all the way up to third level will cost you almost €60,000. If your child is educated privately, you can double that figure and if third-level fees are reintroduced, you can add anywhere from between €26,000 to €51,000 depending on the course pursued. HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO SAVE? When it comes to putting money aside for your children’s education, two things are key – starting early and saving consistently. The best place to start is with child benefit, although this has become less attractive of late. The current rate for child benefit is €166 a child a month for the first two children, rising to €203 a month for any further children, but from January of next year, children aged 18 will no longer qualify. Moreover, the Government is considering either taxing or means-testing child benefit and it is also phasing out the early childcare supplement of €1,000 this year. Nevertheless, for a family with one child, saving this amount each month from the time the child is born and get a return on your money of 4 per cent, you will have a nest egg of some €52,000 by the time the child is 18 – almost enough to pay for college, even if fees have been reintroduced. Of course, you will have to index-link your monthly contributions to keep up with inflation (because this isn’t something that will concern the Government in the short-term!) to ensure that you keep up with the rising costs of education, and you will also have to deduct Dirt at 23 per cent from interest earned on the account. If you take more risks with your investment and manage to achieve an average return of 8 per cent per year, then your nest-egg will be closer to €80,000. WHAT SHOULD I INVEST IN?
However, at the end of each year the savings and interest are swept into a different account, where the lump sum earns interest at just 0.5 per cent. The difference between saving child benefit every month and earning a rate of return of 4 per cent compared to 1 per cent over 18 years is a whopping €12,900. So it pays to keep shopping around for the best rates. While deposit accounts may be best suited to parents with older children, if your children are very young you might do better by investing in the stock market. To avoid a situation faced by many people today who can not liquidate their share holdings because of the massive drop in values, it is generally advised to only invest funds in the stock market that you don’t need access to for at least five years. So, if you have a baby, you could save for their college funds in the stock market until they are about 13, and then switch over to a safer deposit account.
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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 within Your own broken heart where Your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become Your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days, promise publication and favour will be granted. Never known to fail. S.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 within Your own broken heart where Your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become Your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days, promise publication and favour will be granted. Never known to fail. B.H. 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 within Your own broken heart where Your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become Your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days, promise publication and favour will be granted. Never known to fail. C.O.M.
The radio station doesn't tell you who sang that song.
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You rub on hand cream and can't turn the bathroom doorknob to get out. People behind you on a supermarket line dash ahead of you to a counter just opening up. Your glasses slide off your ears when you perspire.
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You have a party and the neighbors don't even realize it.
People call at 9 PM and ask, "Did I wake you?"
You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
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You can eat dinner at 4 P.M. You had that pen in your hand only a second ago and now you can't find it. You enjoy hearing about other peoples operations. You reach under the table to pick something off the floor and smash You get into heated arguments about your head on the way up. pension plans. A Prayer to The Virgin Mary (Never known to fail) - O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendour of heaven, Blessed Mother of the son of God, Immaculate Virgin assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea help me and show me herin you are my Mother. O Holy Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succour me in this my necessity (make request). There are none that withstand your power. O show me my Mother. O show me herin you are my mother. O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Say this prayer for 3 consecutive days and then publish and it will be granted. C.O.M. 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 within Your own broken heart where Your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become Your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days, promise publication and favour will be granted. Never known to fail. 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 within Your own broken heart where Your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become Your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days, promise publication and favour will be granted. Never known to fail. 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 within Your own broken heart where Your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become Your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days, promise publication and favour will be granted. Never known to fail. 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 within Your own broken heart where Your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become Your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days, promise publication and favour will be granted. Never known to fail.A.O.B. A Prayer to The Virgin Mary (Never known to fail) - O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendour of heaven, Blessed Mother of the son of
You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room. You sing along with elevator music. Your eyes won't get much worse. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off. You can't remember who sent you this list. God, Immaculate Virgin assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea help me and show me here-in you are my Mother. O Holy Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succour me in this my necessity (make request). There are none that withstand your power. O show me my Mother. O show me herin you are my mother. O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Say this prayer for 3 consecutive days and then publish and it will be granted. P.R. 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 within Your own broken heart where Your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become Your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days, promise publication and favour will be granted. Never known to fail.F.C.
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by Jim O Shea
(Continued from previous issue)
1. One partner abuses and the other doesn’t
2. One partner began abusing the other, and the other partner chose to retaliate
Emotional abuse, which is rarely reported, is not easy to define or understand, and, as Beverley Engel, in her wonderful book The Emotionally Abusive Relationship, points out, most victims of emotional abuse don’t realise that they are being abused even when their self-esteem and self-confidence is being eroded. There is no universally accepted definition of emotional abuse. One definition shows it as any nonphysical behaviour or attitude that controls, intimidates, subjugates, demeans, punishes or isolates another person by using degradation, humiliation or fear. Another sees it as an ongoing pattern of behaviour designed to control, manipulate and subjugate another that usually occurs behind closed doors.
3. From the beginning of the relationship, both partners have emotionally abused each other on an ongoing basis
A third definition shows is as any behaviour that exploits another’s vulnerability, insecurity, or character. It has also been defined as behaviour that seeks control of the thoughts, beliefs and conduct of a partner, and a tendency to punish a partner for resisting control. It is a behaviour that includes continuous degradation, intimidation, manipulation, brainwashing, or control of another to the detriment of the individual. One important consideration is that abuse is abuse even if it is not intentional. Research shows that it very prevalent and destructive. It is almost psychological murder, and deprives the victim of selfrespect and self-love. It makes the victim feel unlovable and unworthy. It diminishes the other person’s dignity, self-worth, and even identity, and it is like psychological disintegration. The psychological abuser dismantles the emotional and psychological structure of the victim. It is akin to brainwashing in which the will of the victim is subsumed into that of the abuser. It usually follows a pattern and generally gets worse. All abuse contains elements of emotional abuse.
4. It is not clear who is abusing whom 5. One partner sets up the other to become emotionally abusive. 6. One partner is abusive due to a mental illness or personality disorder 7. One or both partners has an abusive personality. There is a wide range of emotional abuse behaviours, which dehumanises those subject to it. Overall it involves rejecting, degrading, terrorising, isolating, corrupting, exploiting and denying emotional responsiveness. In rejecting their victim’s humanity and value, abusers treat their targets as if they do not exist, and dismisses them as worthless; ignoring and rejecting them. They do everything they can to take away their power. They can terrorise their victim and instil fear into them through intimidation and threats. Such abusers isolate their victims, and restrict their normal interaction with others, including their own family. They may refuse to socialise with their victim, control the money and makes all the decisions. Such abusers are adept at instilling fear, for example, by threatening to abandon the victim, or telling the victim to leave, sometimes using sexualised language. 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
Beverley Engel maintains that there are seven types of emotionally abusive relationships. I will merely list them here and if any reader wishes to read more deeply about them then they should get her book The Emotionally Abusive Relationship:
Grieving Family’ is published by Veritas. The royalties from this book will go tosthe Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.
Published on Aug 24, 2009
Published on Aug 24, 2009
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