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North Tipp District League Preview 27/ Sept/2014



This week marks the start of the NT&DL clubs run in the FAI Junior Cup with 17 teams competing in 13 games. With that we at the Centre feels this gives us a great chance to give a more in – depth look at the Division 2 and 3.

Not surprisingly, these two divisions mount up to over 2/3 of all the goals in the 4 divisions so far this season with an astonishing 385 goals in 78 games, averaging out at 4.9 per game.

This weekend will have huge implications in the destination of the Division 2 title and promotion places.

Kilcommon FC v Portumna FC
Kilcommon welcome the Centre’s title favourites Portumna to Kilcommon Village knowing a win is a must if they are to challenge this season.Eamonn Naughton and Gary Ryan will aim to add to their goal tallies in this tight one but the Score Centre thinks that they have an impossible task on their hands in trying to stop the hugely successful strikeforce of Garry Curran, Sean O Meara and Gary Hogan. The away side, unbeaten in weekend fixtures this season will hope that the can capitalise on BT Harps B and Roscrea United B playing against eachother this weekend.

NTSC Prediction: Portumna

BT Harps B v Roscrea United B
Roscrea, who have a game in hand on their counterparts and league leaders BT Harps, will know they have a tough game ahead of them this weekend in Priory Place. With both James and Will Kavanagh on great form in recent weeks for the home side they will still hope that top scorer Dylan Loughnane can return to form in this huge game. Roscrea will look to regain top spot here and the likes of Stephen Murphy (5 goals), Joe Callaghan (6 goals) and Marc Woods (5 goals) will have to be at their best if they are to win this one. A big day for Roscrea’s Paddy Murphy sees him return to his old stomping ground.

NTSC Prediction: Draw

Cloughjordan B v Nenaghceltic Footballclub B
Cloughjordan entertain Nenagh Celtic in this one knowing they must improve in defence if they are to pick up their first win of the season. Although scoring freely, mainly through Dean O’Meara (6 goals), we think they’ll once again fall short of winning. Celtic, lead by an in form Terry Delaney (6 goals) will be tough to beat despite their unpredictable results as of late. We predict a comfortable win for the away side.

NTSC Prediction: Nenagh Celtic B

Nenagh Afc C v Clodiagh Rangers FC B
In This basement battle the Score Centre can’t look past a Nenagh C side that caused a major shock against Premier Division outfit Sallypark Odhráns Fc last week. Although points have been hard to come by Nenagh boast 11 different scorers in the league while their opponents have no player with more than one goal this season. Defences both look shaky here and a high scoring game is probable but a one sided one in our opinions.

NTSC Prediction: Nenagh Afc C

The Division 3 also looks like it’s going to be exciting this time around and with Gurtagarry Fc flying high the chase is on between Borrisokane Fc B, Lough Derg FC B and Ballymackey Fc B behind them.

Gurtagarry Fc v Streamstown Celtic B
Gurtagarry welcome the unpredictable Streamstown to Latteragh knowing a win is a must to keep the momentum going. League top scorer Paddy Pio O Rourke will look to put last week’s disappointment of missing guilt edged chances to one side and add to his 11 goal tally. With players like Ronan Kinane and Billy Corcoran on hand to chip in whenever O’Rourke doesn’t score it is very hard to see how Streamstown can prevent a loss here. The away side, who have just scored over half the goals of the home side but have conceded more than double, will have to be at their best here to avoid a big loss. Veteran players like Murty Grimes and Shane Carroll will have to play a more defensive role themselves and the ever dependant Ruairi O’Connor will have to help young Tom Ahern if he is to fulfill his potential. This one could be a bitter pill to swallow for the away side as we see a big loss here.

NTSC Prediction: Gurtagarry Fc

Ballymackey Fc B v Ballywilliam United
Ballywilliam travel to Balinree this week in the hope that they can get their season off the ground. Labelled this far as the whipping boys, having conceded 42 goals this far, they can welcome more players into the club with Burgess out of the Hurling now. They will surely improve and hopefullyDavie Corrigan can add to his two league goals. Ballymackey Fc B tho will be strong favourites here and have a lot of outlets for goals with Martin Flynn (10), Kevin and Rory Mounsey (7 and 6 respectively) in all competitions. A win is a must for the home side if they are to keep up with the leaders.

NTSC Prediction: Ballymackey Fc B

Lough Derg FC B Borrisokane Fc B
3rd play 2nd in this important game and both teams will go all out not to lose ground on leaders Gurtagarry Fc. The home side have alot of talented youngsters which include Ethan Mowat (6 goals), Keith Stritch (7 goals in all competitions) and Marco Federico (3 goals), but their best chance for goals comes in the form of Eric Monaghan (9 goals) who has be playing like a man possessed in recent weeks scoring in 6 out of the club’s 9 league games this far. Borrisokane tho have proved to be a tough nut to crack and do no concede many. With Matty Power (7 goals) and Liam Dunne (4 goals) scoring at crucial times this is a very hard match to call. With Borrisokane’s next league game surely against Gurtagarry Fc this will add to the occasion with the away side knowing this period could be their most defining over the season. The Centre is going to gamble on this and go for a home win.

NTSC Prediction: Lough Derg FC B

Shannon Rangers Fc v Sallypark Odhráns Fc B
In this intriguing affair goals should be aplenty with both teams scoring and conceding at will this season. The away side who have mustered up 16 different scorers this season so far with Paudie Ryan (5 goals) and the in form Eugene Foley (4 goals) topping the list. Goals can come from anywhere within this team but they themselves will have to look out for Shannon’s strikeforce with no less than 4 players scoring 4 or more goals so far this season. Keith Kelly ( 9 goals), Andy Austin ( 7 goals), Sean Moran (6 goals) and Willie Cleary (4 goals) will all look to add to their tallies knowing that they must win to keep in touch with the top of the table.

NTSC Prediction: Shannon Rangers

Rearcross FC B v Templetuohy Fc
In this basement battle Rearcross entertain an improving Templetuohy side. The home side who early on depended on Kieran Devitt for goals have struggled as of late losing their last 5 games. In contrast Templetuohy have gathered up 8 points in their last 5 games with much thanks to John Leahy (5 goals), Liam Ryan (3 goals) and Paddy Clavin (2 goals), who have all dug in deep in recent weeks to grind out some good results. This could be another week to forget for the Rearcross boys.

NTSC Prediction: Templetuohy Fc

The FAI Junior Cup returns this week and as we don’t know much about the teams from outside the NT&DL we feel as tho we can’t preview the games. We wish everyone the very best of luck.

Saturday 27th of September:
2pm K.O (Unless Stated)

FAI Youths Cup:

Clonmel Town v Nenagh AFC
B.T Harps v Moyglass Utd

FAI Junior Cup Round 2:

Lough Derg v Kilsheelan 1pm
Sunday 28th of September:

3pm K.O (Unless Stated)

FAI Junior Cup Round 2:

Peake Villa v Nenagh AFC
Two-Mile Borris v Arra Rovers
Donohill & District Fc v Barnane Fc
Clonmel Celtic v Roscrea Utd 3.30pm
Cahir Park v Moneygall FootballClub
Old Bridge v Thurles Town
Sallypark v Rearcross
Clodiagh Rangers v Wilderness Rovers
Cloughjordan v Streamstown Celtic
Borrisokane v Holycross Fc
Ballymackey v B.T Harps
Nenagh Celtic v Vee Rovers

North Tipp  District League Preview 27/ Sept/2014


IFA Raises Payment Concerns with Dept at Charter of Rights Meeting



Speaking at a Charter of Rights meeting with the Department of Agriculture this week, the IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe said it’s absolutely essential that the maximum number of applicants in tranche 19 of TAMS are approved as soon as possible to provide certainty to farmers who are planning to carry out work.

IFA Rural Development Chairman Michael Biggins welcomed confirmation that payment of the ANC balancing payment will commence next week.

He stressed the importance of paying the remaining farmers as soon as they meet their stocking density requirements, which the Dept confirmed happens on a weekly basis.  Farmers will be paid as soon as they meet the required stocking density, which in some cases will run to the end of the year.

Michael Biggins also called on the Dept to pay the ANC to farmers who omitted in error to tick the ANC box on their BPS application this year.  “A system where a farmer has to ‘opt out’ rather the ‘opt in’ would ensure there are fewer errors when submitting applications,” he said.

IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe welcomed the payment of the BPS balancing payment which commenced this week.  “The Dept also confirmed the issue around transfer of entitlement, which held up payments of around 1,000 farmers, has been resolved for most at this stage and the remaining ones will be resolved in the next week,” he said.

IFA National Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden has welcomed DAFM facilitation of farmers who made ‘Draft applications’ to BEEP-S scheme and who had operated under the impression they were participating in the scheme by carrying out measures on their farms. IFA had raised this issue directly with the Department of Agriculture and the acceptance of these farmers into the scheme is the right decision.

Regarding the Beef Finishers Payment, Brendan Golden again called for cattle exported for slaughter in the reference period to be paid on from the surplus in the Beef Finishers Payment fund.

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IFA Launches Guide to Personal Insolvency Arrangements



IFA National Farm Business Chair Rose Mary McDonagh and Martin Stapleton, Chairman of the IFA Debt Support Service, have launched a Guide to Personal Insolvency Arrangements (PIA).

IFA Debt Support Service was established following the last recession to provide specific support to farmers in arrears.

The confidential service is comprised of an experienced team of IFA volunteers working with professional support to provide assistance to IFA members in financial difficulty.

Martin Stapleton said IFA has worked with over 500 farmers over the last few years. While the numbers in difficulty are reducing, recent weeks have seen an increase in activity from vulture funds since the COVID-19 Payment Breaks came to an end.

“This guide is available on IFA’s website and will serve as a useful resource for farmers in arrears seeking to protect their family home and farm land,” he said.

A Personal Insolvency Arrangement (PIA) is a debt resolution mechanism outlined in the Personal Insolvency Act, which acts as an insolvency solution for people with unsecured and secured debt.

Rose Mary McDonagh added that a PIA can provide a debtor with protection from their creditors and on completion, a debtor will return to solvency.

At present, the Oireachtas is considering one of two Bills which will reform the area of personal insolvency and amend the current eligibility requirements for a PIA. Rose Mary McDonagh said the definition of relevant debt should be expanded to include debt prior to 2015, and debt secured in or over a debtor’s income reliant/core asset.

The IFA Debt Support Service can be contacted, in confidence, at 1890 924 853.

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EU Must Complete an Impact Assessment of Green Strategies



Speaking after a meeting of European Farm Leaders (COPA) with EU Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans yesterday, IFA President Tim Cullinan said that the EU must complete a full impact assessment of the EU Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies.

“I told the Commissioner a full impact assessment is needed to determine how much implementing these strategies will cost,” he said.

“Frans Timmermans has threatened to withdraw the Commission’s own CAP proposal if it doesn’t take more account of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies. Yet he has no idea how much these strategies will cost or who will pay for them,” he said.

“People are quoting all these targets without any consideration for their impact on output or on production costs of farmers. Farmers cannot be left to carry the can on this,” he said.

“We also need Teagasc to do an assessment of the impact in Ireland. We are currently deep in discussions on the Agrifood 2030 strategy, but again we have a data vacuum,” he said.

“It’s incredible that the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture has examined the impact of ‘Farm to Fork’ Strategy on farm incomes, output and trade and neither the EU nor Ireland has,” he said.

“The US report predicts that as a result of the strategy, farm incomes would be reduced by 16%. This is as a consequence of the expected loss of production by 12% across the EU which would not be offset by the 17% increase in market prices.”

“If these measures were implemented, the report predicts a loss in output at an EU level which would cause exports to fall by 20% and imports would increase by 2%. The knock-on effect of these changes in trade is predicted to increase the cost of food by €132 per person in the EU.”

“If these figures are correct, they would be devastating for European farmers. Yet the EU Commission doesn’t know, or won’t tell us, what their assessment of the impact will be,” he said.

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