Thurles & District Vintage Club - Will hold a Vintage Tractor/Car Run on this Sunday, 21st October in aid of North Tipperary Hospice. Vehicles will assemble at the Ragg at 11.30 a.m. Vintage and modern tractors welcome. All proceeds to the Hospice.
Tidy Towns - In the Built Environment section of this year’s Tidy Towns competition, Mullinahone scored 34 marks out of a possible 50. This was an increase of one point on the 2011 mark so there was some progress. The adjudicators had the following to report: “Many thanks for the photographs supplied and this made it easy for me to find the places that you have highlighted.
Starting on a somewhat negative topic, the dereliction. My initial reaction is that there is an unusually large amount of places that have fallen into a derelict state but I must congratulate your committee for highlighting this situation. You are going about it in a very responsible manner by getting the Co. Council involved and we wish you well with the outcome. It is a pity that this has developed and we have sympathy with some of the owners that this has happened to, mainly caused by the severe downturn in business throughout Ireland that has hit every town and village. In the meantime before much can be done in a permanent way with the buildings you could try to persuade the owners to paint the houses and we often see temporary measures where the boarded up windows and doors are camouflaged with attractive artwork. You could offer to do this yourselves and get the owners to pay the costs. If you do get clearance to doing the work I recommend that you contact one of the Paint companies and seek their advice and they might even sponsor some paint or give it free to you. I have heard that they give professional advice on paint types and colours. I was thrilled to stand outside the residence of Charles Kickham (1828-1882) and I felt like singing “Slievenamon”. I was indeed delighted to see the sculpture of Mr. Kickham in the park across the road from the church and well done to all concerned with the erection and maintenance of the sculpture”. Some points indeed to ponder!
Full notes in this week’s Tipperary Star.