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In the event of a no-deal Brexit the driving licence of a UK licence holder living here in Ireland will not be recognised and the driver will not be able to continue to drive here in Ireland on that licence. The advice to such drivers is that they should exchange their UK driving licence for an Irish driving licence before the 29 March 2019, which is set as the withdrawal date of the UK from the EU. Under current arrangements a UK licence holder resident here in Ireland has an entitlement to make such an exchange. In such a case the driver will have all valid licence categories on their driver licence included on the Irish licence. There are some limited exceptions where what are known as national licences categories cannot be transferred to the Irish licence. You may need to speak to the DVLA to find out if you have any national categories on your UK licence.

To exchange your licence you must complete a licence application form and present this, the correct fee and your UK licence at an NDLS centre- you will get more information on the process here.

FAQ on Brexit and Driving Licences

Q. I live in the UK and hold a UK driving licence and would like to be able to drive a vehicle in Ireland from time to time on holidays after Brexit.

A. As a visitor there is no reason that you will not be able to drive in Ireland for holidays with your existing driving licence. This will apply regardless of whether there is a deal or no-deal Brexit. You should not be required to carry an International Driving Permit with you in order to drive here, just ensure to carry your UK driving licence with you.

Q. I live in Ireland, hold a UK driving licence and would like to be able to continue to drive here in Ireland after Brexit on my UK driving licence.

A. In a no-deal Brexit scenario, as a resident in Ireland, your UK driving licence will not be valid to drive here in Ireland. Prior to 29 March 2019 you could decide to exchange your UK driving licence for an Irish driving licence- the usual processing timeline for this is quite short- up to ten days. However, that may change in the event of a high level of demand for driving licence exchanges. More information on exchanging a driving licence can be found here. It is also the case that, following a no-deal Brexit, as things stand your driving licence will not be valid for exchange following Brexit. There is a possibility in such a scenario that Ireland and the UK will enter into a bi-lateral arrangement on driving licences where Ireland recognise UK driving licences. Inevitably, this will take a little time to complete as it involves a formal agreement and legislation here in Ireland. The position is different if there is an agreed Brexit. The current Withdrawal Agreement provides for arrangements to recognise UK driving licences across the EU during the transition period which is until December 2020. It is expected that negotiations on the future relationship, which will take place during the transition period will seek to put a permanent arrangement in place. This means in an agreed Brexit, for residents in Ireland, that UK driving licences in Ireland will be recognised until December 2020 and subject to whatever agreement is then reached in the transition period.


Borrisoleigh Parish News – September 18, 2019



Aniversary Masses next weekend:  We pray for all whose anniversaries occur, and for whom the following Masses will be offered.

  • Saturday 21st September 8pm Mass: John & Molly Dwan, Glenkeen, Michael Shanahan, Fantane
  • Sunday 22nd September 11am Mass: Tomás Max, Knockanevin, Borrisoleigh, Jerry Ryan St. Bridgid’s Villas Borrisoleigh.

You are also asked to remember in your prayers Mary Ryan Currabaha who was interred last week.

Congratulations: To our Minor and U-16 teams on winning their respective North Finals, which took place last week. Well done to all involved. We wish them all the best in their respective County Semi Finals.

Eddie Stapleton is holding a Photographic Exhibition in the Bothy beside the Clodagh Bar on Friday evening 20th September to mark Culture Day.

Eucharistic Adoration: Assembly takes place on Saturday 28th September from 10am to 1pm in St. Patrick’s College, Thurles. Rosary & Testimony at 10am, Holy Hour at 11.15am led by John Keane and Holy Mass at 12.15pm con-celebrated by Fr. Daniel Woods and Fr. John Keane.  All are welcome.

Bereavement Information Evening Venue Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick

Limerick Date: 26th September 2019. Time 7.00pm-9.00pm (Registration from 6.45 pm)

Milford Care Centre will need to confirm numbers for this event. We would appreciate if you could RSVP to before Wednesday 25th September 2019 or contact us on 014045378-0852888888.

An Evening with “The Priests” We are delighted to welcome to the Cathedral of the Assumption Thurles Fr. Eugene and his brother Fr. Martin O’Hagan natives of Co. Derry and Fr. David Delargy from Ballymena, Co. Antrim who form the internationally famed Musical Trio The Priests. Come and enjoy them in concert in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles on Friday September 27th. Tickets on sale at Parish Centre, Cathedral Street, Thurles (0504 22229) and Bookworm, Liberty Square, Thurles (0504 22257).  As you may already be aware the Cathedral requires re-roofing and this is one of our fundraising events. Tickets: €35.00. Doors open at 7.00. p.m Concert starts at 8.00p.m.

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Borrisoleigh Track-Attack is Back



Monday 23rd of September will see Track-Attack begin its sixth year in existence when we take to the newly revamped track at the Borrisoleigh sports field. In what is an exciting time for the North Tipp village with the imminent opening of the new sports hall, the coming months will be a hive of competitive and recreational activities which can only be a huge plus for the general levels of fitness and well-being within a great catchment area.

During the summer months, a major revamp has been carried out on the track. It has been widened and all resurfaced, it is 1.3km in length and it is fully lit up all the way around it.

Our new 11 week Track-Attack series will cater for every individual from walkers to the most experienced athletes and of course all ages. Participants will be able to choose from five different distances namely 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 miles. Anyone attending primary school have to participate in the one mile distance while all other ages can pick any of the five distances.

All distances will start when the start whistle echoes at 8pm sharp. Please note that proceedings will start bang on time and it is up to every individual to be at their relevant starting point which will be well sign posted.

To participate in the series, you have to be a member of the Track-Attack Club. To become a member costs €10 for adults and €5 for under 18’s. The entry fee for the series thereafter is €20 for adults while under 18’s are free of charge.

As with all of Track-Attack events, there will be a fun aspect to the series. Participants will be put into teams and points will be allocated each week for achieving various targets that will be set from week to week. On the final night, the winning team will be presented with the new Track-Attack Bourke top which is to be soon launched.

A slight change to this series will be that the Jumping Jack-Attack event that we organised for primary school kids is discontinued. The Park Pavilion will be open each night for the kids to go into until parents are finished their run/walk.

On Monday 23rd, registration will start at 6:45pm and will finish at 7:45pm. Once you register and pay your entry fee, you will not have to register any other night, you can make your way straight to the start line.

The hardest step for anyone thinking about undertaking a new fitness regime is the one out the front door. You will never regret making that step once you’re finished your run/walk. Join the Track-Attack rollercoaster and you will be encourage every step of the way. See you at the start line on the 23rd…..

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Minister English announces actions to support revitalisation of Tipperary Town



  • Production of a “Collaborative Town Health Check”
  • Recruitment of project manager to develop projects / funding bids
  • Appointment of Carmel Fox to provide independent oversight and leadership for this process.

Damien English T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development, today (20 September) announced a package of measures to support the revitalisation of Tipperary Town following extensive engagement with local stakeholders and representatives. Over a 3-year period, these measures will facilitate a partnership approach between the local community, Tipperary County Council and key other stakeholders in order to develop and deliver an action plan for the town.

The Minister is delighted to announce that Ms. Carmel Fox, former chief executive of Ballyhoura Development Company, has agreed to serve as an independent chair for this process and he said that “I know Carmel will bring her extensive knowledge of local, social and community development issues to bear on this process and will set high standards for all the partners working to revitalise Tipperary Town”. The Minister noted that Ms. Fox will play a key role in bringing all local stakeholders together to develop an agreed path forward for the town.

The first key step in the revitalisation process will be the production of a “Collaborative Town Centre Health Check” for Tipperary Town. The Health Check is a pilot initiative developed by The Heritage Council which brings together the private, public and civic sectors in a town to develop an agreed town centre-led commercial, heritage and tourism baseline from which an action plan can then be developed. Minister English expressed his appreciation to Ms. Virginia Teehan, Chief Executive of the Heritage Council, for facilitating the inclusion of Tipperary Town in the initial pilot phase of the Health Checks process. The Minister specifically said “I welcome the support of the Heritage Council in the Tipperary Town Centre Health Check. I know this process works really well in identifying key issues and bringing people together with a common sense of purpose”

Minister English was also pleased to confirm that the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is making funding available to assist with the recruitment of a full-time project manager who will work on developing agreed actions and funding proposals / bids on foot of the finalised Tipperary Town Health Check. Tipperary County Council is fully committed to supporting this project and it is hoped that the recruitment process will commence in the coming months.

The Minister wished well to all the participants in this revitalisation project and he reiterated his Department’s support. He noted that Ms. Fox will meet with Ms. Alison Harvey of the Heritage Council early next week to discuss a more detailed timeline for the Tipperary Town Health Check and that this will then inform the timing of the recruitment of a fulltime project manager.

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