The parents of four year-old JJ Ryan made an emotional plea to the HSE to provide home care assistance for their son who has profound disabilities. Until his fourth birthday in September the Jack and Jill Foundation assisted the family in caring for JJ but he was now no longer eligible to that support. JJ needs 24-hour care and his parents were hoping the HSE would assist them. This support would cost less than E300 per month to provide. In the meantime the Jack and Jill Foundation were continuing their support despite not being funded to do so.
Clonmel Chamber of Commerce launched a pre-Christmas campaign urging shoppers to support local businesses this Christmas and in the process help secure jobs. The campaign was launched by Mayor Darren Ryan and Chamber of Commerce president Tina Mulhearne. And in tandem with this campaign the Chamber in conjunction with Clonmel Town Council announced free parking in Clonmel every Saturday in December in an effort to boost trade in the town centre.
The Canon Hayes Sports Awards were presented in Tipperary Town and one of the biggest cheers of the night was reserved for Ireland soccer legend Ray Houghton who accepted the Golden Sporting Memory Award.
A battle to keept the District Court sitting in Tipperary Town seemed to be looming as the matter came up for discussion at the December meeting of the Town Council. Councillors and officials alike were of the view that every avenue had to be explored with a view to holding onto the District Court sittings in the the town.
Fethard, in an effort to support local business and community groups, held its first Fethard Festive Day on Friday, December 9. The message was loud and clear - ‘Think Fethard First’ when looking for everyday items and Christmas gifts. The initiative was made possible with funding from South Tipperary County Council and it is hoped to organise such events in the future. The event was finished off in style when Santa Claus arrived much to the delight of the 150+ children who had waited patiently.
Gardai warned householders to be vigilant with home security following a spate of burglaries throughout South Tipperary with quantities of jewellery stolen from premises in Cahir, Fethard and Clonmel.
The Annerville Awards for 2011 were announced in our December 15 edition. Amongst the winners were David Power, Kilsheelan, who will receive the Sports Executive Award, for guiding the Tipperary minor footballers to All-Ireland success. The minors themselves captured the Gaelic Football award with Padraic Maher of Thurles Sarsfields winning the hurling accolade. Connie Cleere of Nenagh won the Knocknagow Award.
Finally some good news came with the announcement that 65 jobs at Ribworld had been saved. The Clonmel processing plant had been purchased out of receivership by M&M Walshe Ltd., part of the Callan Bacon Group.
In the run-up to Christmas the 2011 budget was slammed as being “anti-family” by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Clonmel. The Society anticipated a huge surge in demand for help as a result of a devastating range of cutbacks announced by the government.