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Tipperary PPN Newsletter 13 April 2017

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Highlights in this issue:

Active Grants available to members
Upcoming Free Training Programs
Upcoming Local Events

Tipperary PPN brings you current news on funding, training, events, consultations and how to have your say in the County. 

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

*If your group has information you’d like to include in the newsletter make sure to send it in at least 2 weeks before the date to ensure it gets included. 

PPN Tipperary News 13 April 2017



  1. Public consultation on multi-modal transport – 25 May 2017


  1. Communities Integration Fund
  2. Community Facilities Scheme 2017
  3. HSE National Lottery Grants
  4. Cooperation with Northern Ireland 2017 Scheme
  5. 2017 Arts & Disability Connect Scheme
  6. First Response Support Measure (CLÁR programme)

Events / Training

  1. What’s on in Tipp
  2. Interactive Discussion on European Funding & Policy and Remuneration: Recognition & Reward Seminar  both operated by The Wheel
  3. Research for Societal Impact: A Horizon 2020 Workshop, a free event offered by The Wheel
  4. Volunteer Ireland National Volunteer Management Conference
  5. Events offered by the Tipperary Sports Partnership – Disability Inclusion Training and “Suicide Alertness for Everyone.”
  6. “The EU, its Parliament & the Fight Against Poverty” event offered by the European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland
  7. Lough Derg Blueway Capacity Buildiing Workshops
  8. The Alzheimer’s Society Carer Information Evening
  9. WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) operated by Aras Follain
  10. Knockanrawley Resource Centre Race Evening at Clonmel Races
  11. Upcoming Events from South Tipperary Arts Centre
  12. Templemore Town Park Easter Monday Events
  13. Mid-West Sustainable Energy Communities Showcase
  14. “Making Tipperary a great place for  children and young people to grow up in” Event

Other News

  1. Central Statistics Office Household Survey Information
  2. Refresh Thurles has published a Residents Association Handbook
  3. 8th Annual Street Feast – how to get involved
  4. Tipperary Libraries Storytime Events & Initiatives
  5. What’s On Clonmel request for submissions
  6. National Heritage Week 2017 – how to get involved

Tipperary PPN Members Corner

Each month, the PPN Tipperary team attend a member event and advertise our visit here. Our space for April is open!

If you would like to be featured in the Members Corner of the newsletter contact to express an interest.



Public consultation on multi-modal transport – 25 May 2017

The European Commission is currently looking at a possible initiative to protect passengers when using multimodal transport, and is seeking views from the general public on the issue.  I have attached a link to the public consultation below should it be or interest to you or your organisation.  Please note that the consultation period ends on the 25th of May, so all questionnaires should be returned before this date.

Public consultation on a possible initiative at EU level in the field of passengers rights in multimodal transport



Communities Integration Fund – Deadline 30 March 2017

The Communities Integration Fund will fund actions by community organisations to promote integration in their local communities.

The intention is to provide funding and support for communities across Ireland to play a greater role in promoting integration by providing practical support to facilitate social inclusion among the migrant population.

A total amount of €500,000 will be made available in 2017 to local community based groups to promote integration in their area e.g. local sporting clubs, faith-based groups, theatrical and cultural organisations.

Grants/funding may be provided up to a maximum of €5,000 depending on the size and nature of the project.

Activities may include, for example:-

  • activities aimed at introducing newly arrived migrants to the community
  • measures to encourage migrant participation in local civil and cultural activities (and complement existing programmes and activities)
  • measures to encourage involvement in local sports clubs, theatre groups, youth clubs, after school clubs, scouts, dancing troupes, choirs, drama/theatre groups, parent& child groups, etc.
  • measures to link migrants with opportunities in the community (including employment)

Further information and an application form is now available:
Application form 
Guidance Note

Community Facilities Scheme 2017

Tipperary Local Community Development Committee is seeking applications from community groups for funding under the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government’s Communities Facilities Scheme 2017

On 10th March 2017 the Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD, announced a new Capital grants scheme for disadvantaged urban and rural areas. The Scheme will run initially from July 2017-December 2017 and is focused on providing small-scale capital grants to help grass roots community projects get underway or take the next step towards completion.

In County Tipperary the Scheme is being administered, on behalf of the Department, by Tipperary Local Community Development Committee along with the five Municipal Districts of Tipperary County Council.

The aim of the Scheme is to enhance communities, address disadvantage and improve social cohesion at a local level by providing access to small-scale capital grants. The Scheme will offer grants up to a maximum of €1,000 per project. The maximum amount of €1,000 is small, acknowledging that there would be other grant schemes for larger works.  This would cover the cost of, for example, office equipment, project resources, research facilities or maintenance of premises, etc. for voluntary groups.

Applications are now being invited for funding under this Scheme.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 30th June 2017 at 5pm. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

It is anticipated that Municipal Districts will make their final decision to approve or deny applications at their meetings during September 2017.

The Application Form and a Scheme Guidelines Document are attached and are available for download here on Tipperary County Council’s website.

For any queries please email:

HSE National Lottery Funding Grants 

Applications are now being invited by the HSE for National Lottery Funding Grants.

This funding is distributed by the HSE each year to community based groups and voluntary organisations under the Respite Care Grant Scheme and the National Lottery Grant Scheme.

Groups and organisations involved in the provision of Health and Personal Social Services can apply for once off funding of between €500 and €10,000 for suitable projects.

The HSE is advertising in regional newspapers over the coming weeks for applications, and you may wish to share this notification among your professional or local networks.
All of the information required, including application forms, is now available on

Completed Application Forms must be returned to the local Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO).

Closing Date for Applications – 17:00 on Friday 26th May 2017.

Applicants will be advised as to the outcome of their application no later than Thursday 31.08.2017.

For more, please visit

Cooperation with Northern Ireland 2017 Scheme

During 2017 the Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs will operate a Scheme of funding support, for Projects which seek to enhance, celebrate or commemorate the artistic, cultural, musical, film or heritage of the Island of Ireland on a North/South basis.

The Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs operate a Scheme of funding support, for Projects which seek to enhance, celebrate or commemorate the artistic, cultural, musical, film or heritage of the Island of Ireland on a North/South basis.

Projects funded under this scheme need to be creative and innovative and examples of projects which could be considered for funding under the scheme include, but are not limited to, projects which:

  • Promote co-operation and joint initiatives between organisations and institutions on a North/South basis;
  • Promote cultural tourism on a North/South basis;
  • Promote the provision of cultural outreach programmes on a North/South basis.

Details of this year’s scheme can be found here. Please use the application form provided here. Closing date for applications is May 19th.

Arts & Disability Ireland and the Arts Council announce details for the 2017 Arts and Disability Connect scheme

This scheme is designed to support artists with disabilities to make new and ambitious work. It offers artists the opportunity to: connect with other practitioners or venues; make a change in their practice; ‘step up’ in terms of scope and scale; reach new audiences and to engage in mentoring and training.

Arts and Disability Connect has three funding strands

  • Arts and Disability Connect New Work  – 2 awards of up to €8,000 each – for more established artists with a strong track record
  • Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring – 5 awards of up to €2,000 each – for artists at all stages of career development including emerging artists
  • Arts and Disability Connect Training – 3 awards of up to €1,000 each – for artists at all stages of career development, including emerging artists

Application process and deadline:
All application forms, guidelines and information documents can be downloaded here:

A completed application form along with all supporting material must be sent to  using WeTransfer by 5pm on 4th May, 2017.

Further information:
Contact Arts & Disability Ireland at 01 850 9002 or email

First Response Support Measure

There is an allocation of €0.75million under the CLÁR programme for the First Response Support Measure. This measure will be operated directly by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional and Rural Affairs and is open to established organisations/groups that operate entirely on a voluntary basis, and are involved in emergency rescue/first response efforts.

It is important that applicant groups/organisations can demonstrate that they are formally established e.g. registered charity or not for profit etc. and are recognised as an acceptable supplementary support body by public service bodies such as  An Garda Síochána and the HSE in relation to such activities.

Documentation should provide a clear evidence base for the assistance being requested and should be submitted directly to the Department at, by the 5th of May and on the attached application.  Any queries in relation to this scheme should be submitted to the Department via also.

NB All Enquiries directly to the Department in relation to this funding measure. More information is attached to this newsletter.

Events / Training

Find out what’s on in Tipp by clicking this icon:

Free Events Offered by The Wheel 

The Community Foundation for Ireland, Dochas, The Wheel and Adare HRM are partnering up to deliver a highly anticipated Remuneration: Reward and Recognition Seminar for the Irish charitable sector on 25 April 2017 (9am to 1pm) in Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

The need for this seminar and learning opportunity for the sector is very clear. Many managers and board members of charitable, community & voluntary organisations are currently struggling to figure out how to develop and implement the most suitable remuneration policy and practice in their organisations, and this seminar offers an opportunity for them to do this.

The seminar will focus on practical options that are already in place and known to work. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution possible, and nor is there any-single-best-way to approach this, but with sharing our collective experiences on this, we believe that attendees will leave the session with very useful information, advice, and examples to equip them to make progress in this area back in their own organisations.

Attendance at the seminar is free; however, booking is essential as numbers are limited. Click here to register for the seminar.

The interactive discussion on European Funding and Policy taking place on Friday 7 April in Limerick, hosted by the leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament Seán Kelly MEP and funded by the European Parliament.

Taking place from 11am – 1pm in the Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry’s Mall, Limerick, this short but highly impactful session will not only inform you about European fundingopportunities, but also give you a chance to consider some crucial questions, including:

  • What European programmes are suited to my organisation?
  • What is the value in engaging in Europe?

As mentioned, Seán Kelly MEP will be on hand to take your questions and provide insight into the EU-related issues that are most relevant to you. This is your opportunity to highlight your own context and challenges concerning EU funding and policy issues at the local and/or national level.

Some Background

The Wheel, in partnership with the Irish Environmental Network and the European Anti-Poverty Network, has recently embarked on a new project with funding from the Communications Directorate of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Intending to provide opportunities for civil society organisations in Ireland to engage with MEPs and European issues, our Civil Society and the European Parliament: Shaping Europe’s Future project comprises of a series of events running from December 2016 until May 2017.

Don’t miss out: book your place now.

A Horizon 2020 Workshop

Are you aware of Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest ever research and innovation programme? Known for its high standards and competitive proposals, this may be an EU funding stream that you are hesitant to engage with…

However, an entry point for your organisation into Horizon 2020 could be the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. This unique programme funds researchers at all stages of their careers.  As an organisation active in research, you could increase capacity and ultimately enhance your programme impact.

To help you learn more, The Wheel and the Irish Universities Association are coming together to host a workshop focusing on the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. You’ll not only receive an overview of the programme but also hear from people with previous experience:  past participants, staff from civil society organisations and research officers from Irish third level institutions.

Date:        Wednesday 10 May 2017
Time:       9.30am – 1pm
Venue:     Europe House, Mount Street, Dublin 2.

This event is free but registration is essential.

Book your place here and find out more – we look forward to seeing you there!

National Volunteer Management Conference

To celebrate Sligo’s designation as European Volunteering Capital 2017, we’re taking the National Volunteer Management Conference on tour!  This year’s conference will take place on Tuesday 30th May 2017 in the Aurivo Auditorium in the Sligo Institute of Technology.

The conference provides the opportunity to spend some quality time on personal development, networking with your volunteer management colleagues and peers and participating in a host of motivating masterclasses and discussions focused on volunteer recruitment, retention, training, support and management.

Check out the full programme in the conference brochure.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone working in the field of Volunteer Management
  • Anyone who manages volunteers as part of their role
  • Senior Managers and CEOs of organisations that involve volunteers
  • Anyone with a general interest in volunteer management

What will I get?
Early bird tickets are just €63 and for that you get:

  • A host of great masterclasses to choose from
  • A hot lunch
  • Ample opportunity for networking with plenty of refreshment

Pricing and registration
Tickets can be purchased online. Last year’s conference sold out so we encourage early booking to avoid disappointment. Registration begins at 8.45am.

  • Early Bird € 63
  • Standard Rate € 68

Upcoming events offered by the Tipperary Sports Partnership

Tipperary Sports Partnership are running a Disability Inclusion Training course in association with the CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre in Thurles Presentation Sports Complex on Saturday 20th May from 10am – 4:00pm.

This course is designed to give coaches, volunteers, development officers etc. ideas and inspiration to adapt their physical activity & sports sessions to include people with disabilities. All bookings are taken online at  Please use the following code when booking:TIPP2017

The course costs €45. The closing date for booking is Wednesday 17th May @ 5pm.


SafeTALK “Suicide Alertness for Everyone” workshop will take place on Tuesday 9th May 2017 in the Clonmel Park Hotel,  from 9.30am –1.30pm.

At this workshop, learn how to provide basic and practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide. It prepares you to be a suicide alert helper and provides you with the awareness that opportunities to help someone at risk are often missed, dismissed and avoided. It also teaches you the awareness of TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe) and the ability to activate a suicide alert.

This training will be of interest to the entire sporting and physical activity community (Sports clubs, coaches, volunteers, leisure centre staff, fitness class instructors and tutors, teachers & parents).

Please note;

It is important for you/nominee to have read the course details that are attached to this email

It is not recommended to attend this course if you/nominee have been bereaved by suicide in the last year

Participants need to be aged 18 years and over to attend

Places are limited. To book a place or for further information, contact Elaine Cullinan or Sharon McLoughney  on 067-44888 or e-mail  before Wednesday 4th May 2017.

European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland regional workshop

Reserve your free place now: The EU, its Parliament & the Fight Against Poverty

As the EU celebrates its 60th birthday, these regional workshops are your chance to discuss questions like:

  • How does Europe decide social policies?
  • What difference does this make to people affected by poverty?
  • How can we influence European policy?
  • Why is the EU in crisis?
  • What do Brexit and the rise of racism mean for the future?
  • How can we build a more inclusive Europe?

The Programme:

  • 10am to 1pm: Training and discussion session on European social policy
  • 1 to 2 Lunch
  • 2 to 3.30: Discussion with Member of the European Parliament

Registration Forms attached to this newsletter.

Lough Derg Blueway Capacity Building Workshops

‘The Lough Derg Blueway is a multi-activity recreational trail offering a range of activities, both on and alongside the water with cycling and walking complementing the paddling trails. They offer experiences that are safe and accessible linking people with the water and with providers who offer outdoor recreation, dining, accommodation, cultural and craft experiences so that visitors are encouraged to ‘eat, play and stay’.  Blueways have been developed on a number of inland and coastal waterways in Ireland and they encourage and make it possible for local people or visitors with little or no experience to take part in water-sports.

The Lough Derg Blueway will benefit the local economies in lakeside towns and villages and enhance local tourism employment/entrepreneurship.  A series of capacity building workshops to promote awareness and support the existing and potential Blueway related business, will be provided as part of the first stage in the REDZ funded Lough Derg Blueway development.

These workshops are an opportunity for the community, tourism and activity service providers in the area to identify the potential of the Blueway for their businesses and communities and also an opportunity for them to shape its future direction and promotion.

The capacity building workshops will take place on:

  • Monday 24th April 7:00 pm, Killaloe Hotel, Kincora Harbour,  Killaloe/Ballina.
  • Tuesday 25th April 7:00 pm, Nenagh Arts Centre, Town Hall, Banba Square Nenagh.
  • Thursday 27th April 7:30 pm, Irish Workhouse Centre, St Bridget’s road, Portumna.
  • Tuesday 2nd May 7:00 pm, Mountshannon Hotel, Main St, Glin, Mountshannon.

These workshops will be followed by marketing development activities which promote the Lough Derg experience and destination, including a series of themed activity, food, craft, culture and heritage trail maps and activity, dining and accommodation bundles.

The Lough Derg Blueway provides an opportunity to showcase the Lough Derg area, increase the recreational use of the lake by residents and visitors, generate additional tourism into the area and add value to the existing tourism services in the area.

Managed by a Steering Committee comprising the Lough Derg Marketing Group, Clare County Council, Galway County Council, Tipperary County Council and Waterways Ireland, the project aims to build on the existing tourism and recreational infrastructure as well as improve economic activity surrounding the Blueway on Lough Derg by working with communities in the towns and villages in its hinterland.

The Lough Derg Blueway communities and service provider locations include, but are not limited to: Ballina, Castlelough, Coolbawn, Dromineer, Garrykennedy, Kilbarron, Kilgarvan, Killaloe, Mountshannon, Nenagh, OGonnolloe, Portumna, Rossmore, Scarriff, Terryglass, Two Mile Gate, Whitegate.

The workshops are free however intending participants should advise the organisers as to which venue they are attending as spaces are limited.  Contact should be by email to or phone/sms to 086 2659276.  Visit the News & Events section of for additional information.

The Department Of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs via the Rural Economic Development Zones (REDZ) initiative has provided resources for the marketing, development and promotion of The Lough Derg Blueway.

Alzheimer’s Society Carer Information Evening

Do you know some one with Dementia/Alzheimers?

Wednesday 3rd May,2017 – Clonmel Park Hotel at 7.30pm – Free Admission – All welcome


  • Claire McCarthy – Solicitor with Binchy Solicitors, Clonmel – Advice on  Enduring Power of Attorney &  other legal affairs
  • Thomas O’Callaghan from  Driving Mobility Consultants – to talk about Driving & Dementia
  • Emma O’Brien  – Occupational Therapist – Advice on ‘Assistive Technology and how it can support people with Dementia’

Lots of stands and other information available on the night : Garda Siochana, Family Carers Ireland, Memory Technology Library, Alzheimer Society of Ireland & Living Well with Dementia South Tipperary Service 

Light refreshments provided

“WRAP” Events Offered by Aras Follain

Starting Saturday 6th May WRAP Seminar 1, 11am – 3.30pm. Continuing on the 13th, 20th and 27th. WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) is a tool to help us to achieve and maintain wellness and gain more control over our lives and the way we feel. It is designed to help us identify what works and what doesn’t work and how we can get better at staying well. WRAP is for everybody! It is developed by you for you. Hope, Personal Responsibility, Education, Self Advocacy and Support.

Knockanrawley Resource Centre Race Evening @ Clonmel Races

Fundraising event for Knockanrawley Resource Centre taking place at Clonmel Races on the 4th of May. More information regarding event admission and prizes are attached to this newsletter.

South Tipperary Arts Centre – Upcoming Events

Templemore Town Park Easter Monday Events
Please find information related to events running in Templemore on Easter Monday attached to this newsletter.

Mid-West Sustainable Energy Communities Showcase

Learn how communities in Tipperary are working together towards becoming Sustainable Energy Communities (SECs)

When: April 26th from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Birdhill Community Centre

This is a free event, although places are limited, and early booking is advisable through:

Please refer to attached flyer for more information.

Other News

Central Statistics Office – Household Survey Information

Did you know that interviewers from the Central Statistics Office conduct surveys in 3,000 households across the country every week of the year?

The Irish Central Statistics Office (CSO) conducts a number of Household Surveys. Such surveys gather information on the economic and social situation of households in Ireland.
The Household surveys include: The Census, The Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC), The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS), The Household Budget Survey (HBS) and Planning Permissions.
Central and local government, businesses, community organisations and many others rely on this information to help them make decisions that affect the lives of everyone living and working in the Ireland.

Taking part in a survey
Household surveys are conducted to collect valuable decision making information for the country. The information that householders provide is a vital tool in planning for the present and future needs of Ireland.  It enables the CSO to measure our country’s progress, on important social and economic issues, such as employment, poverty, childcare, health and crime.
The CSO employs Field Officers in the collection of Household Survey Statistics. All CSO interviewers carry an ID card with a photo. In the case of some surveys, the interviewer will use a tablet computer to record your answers.

If you have been asked to take part in one of our surveys, we will:

  • identify ourselves as from the CSO whenever we contact you, displaying our logo on all letters and leaflets and on our interviewers’ photo ID cards.
  • when interviewing you in your home or by telephone, arrange a time convenient to you.
  • try to make the experience of taking part in a survey as straightforward and as worthwhile as possible.
  • only ask as many people to take part as necessary for the accuracy of our statistics.
  • be honest with you about your participation being voluntary and give you a realistic idea of how long the survey may take.
  • remember that you have kindly taken the time to speak to us – in your home, on the phone or in a port or airport – and respect your privacy.

Confidentiality is a priority for the CSO and all information given to the interviewer is
encrypted, transmitted securely and is used for statistical purposes only. Results are published in aggregate format only, and it is impossible for individuals or households to be identified. This confidentiality is guaranteed by law under the Statistics Act, 1993.

Further information
If you would like more information on CSO household surveys you can contact /

If you have already taken part in one of our surveys we thank you for your time and welcome your views on what you thought of your experience.

Refresh Thurles – Residents Association Handbook

Refresh Thurles has published a Residents Association Handbook.  Below you will find a pdf version of this useful guide to organising a Residents Association in your Estate or Street.  The information contained has a focus on the Templemore Thurles Roscrea Municipal District but even if you live in another District the core information is very relevant and applicable.

Refresh Thurles compiles the Tidy Town Entry for Thurles and cordially invites all active Residents Associations in Thurles to contact them at, via Refresh Thurles on Facebook or at telephone 087 270 1689.  Anyone interested in setting up a Residents Association in Thurles is also invited to contact Refresh Thurles.  Perhaps a meeting of all the Residents Associations in Thurles once a year might be a useful event that Refresh could organise for the Community.

The Handbook is also available in hard copy – copies available in the Citizens Information Office in Croke Street or the Parish Office on Cathedral Street.  Please feel free to contact Refresh Thurles directly to obtain a copy.

Until the end of May, Refresh Thurles will be taking entries for their Thurles Community Estates/Streetscape Competition.  There are 3 categories (by size) for Estates and a Streetscape category. The winner in each of the four categories will receive €200.00 to be reinvested in their Estate/Street.

Please like Refresh Thurles on Facebook to keep in contact with their events.

The Residents Association Handbook is attached to this newsletter.

8th Annual Street Feast


Street Feast 2016

Join us for Street Feast!

Feast with your neighbours on Sunday 11th June

We’re inviting you to take part in and spread the word about this year’s Street Feast, the national day of street parties and community celebrations. It’s being hosted by neighbours and community groups all over Ireland this 11th June. It’s a perfect excuse to share good food, meet your neighbours and have a bit of craic.

We’re inviting you to encourage your members to get involved.

Free Packs

Once again we’re posting out free party packs to Street Feast hosts. Each helpful pack contains a handy guide to help make your feast a success, as well as posters, invitations, balloons and bunting to get the party started! To get your pack you need to register your feast on our website and make sure to request a pack when registering.

It’s easy!

It’s a simple idea. Street Feasts can be held anywhere; on the pavement, in a laneway or a local park. They can be any size, from 10 to 100 people. Everyone is invited to bring something to contribute, be it a tasty dish, some chairs or a musical instrument.

Check out what happened last year when 120,000 neighbours took part!

Finally, please spread the word

This is a people-powered initiative – we need your help to spread the word about Street Feast. Please forward this email to your friends, neighbours and network and inspire them to take part.

To get more inspiration, information, or to join the party, check out
Street Feast 2017

Tipperary Libraries Events


This April, Libraries across Tipperary are celebrating Storytime with lovely Easter and Spring themed storytime events. Please see link for details.


Tipperary Library Service and Tipperary County Childcare Committee are piloting ‘BEDTIME STORYTIME BAG’. This provides families of young children an easy and fun way to have a variety of quality books at home.  The ‘BEDTIME TIME STORYTIME BAG’ contains a selection of picturebooks, boardbooks and fact books for young children. The bag also contains library membership form, information about library services for all the family and helpful hints and tips to support families to enjoy reading and books at home.  Parents can keep the bag for a week or two and then exchange it for a new one and so on. The bag also contains ‘BEDTIME STORYTIME BEAR’ and his job is to mind the books while everyone is away during the day but he is allowed out to enjoy the books and bedtime!

“It is widely accepted that access to a range of books at home from a young age plays a vital role in children’s happiness, performance at school and in life generally.” Emer O’Brien, Senior Executive Librarian, Tipperary Library Service.

Huge thanks to the staff of the pilot childcare centres: Little Learners,  Roscrea, Little Explorers,Clonmel and ABC  Pre-school Service, Dundrum and to Ellen Kilmartin ( Schools Service Manager, Tipperary Library Service) and Aileen Healy ( CEO, Tipperary County Childcare Committee).

What’s On Clonmel – Open for Submissions

As a marketing initiative for Clonmel town,  the voluntary Clonmel Town Marketing team are creating a free ” Whats On Clonmel ” event guide for the June to October period.This is to follow the Christmas 2016 guide of which 10,000 were distributed to homes and businesses in The Clonmel and South Tipperary areas.

This is an initiative between local traders, the county council and the Chamber. We are looking for any events your members may be running through out the summer period from the 1st of June to the 31st of October 2017.

Details of these events need to be one line, stating the event, name, date and location Final date for inclusion is April 31st. Please email us here at for inclusion. This guide is focusing solely on Clonmel town.

National Heritage Week 

We’re preparing for National Heritage Week 2017 which will take place from 19-27 August and we’re making this the year we help more people learn about and enjoy Ireland’s nature.

We are encouraging environmental, social inclusion and voluntary groups across Ireland to take part as event organisers and participants.  Heritage Week is the largest cultural event in Ireland with almost 1,000 organisations and individuals involved in hosting over 1,800 unique events in 2016.  The week attracts an annual audience of approximately 430,000 people.

Please find here our 100 Event Ideas Booklet (also available as Gaeilge).

“Making Tipperary a great place for children and young people to grow up in”

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