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Partial Exemption From Commercial Rates For Community Sports Clubs
The Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015 provides a new partial exemption from commercial rates for Community Sports Clubs that are registered under the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act 1904. Buildings or part of buildings used for or in conjunction with the sale or consumption of alcohol or food, retail use or hire to non-community organisations continue to be liable for rates. In order to avail of this partial exemption, Community Sports Clubs registered under the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act 1904 are required to complete and submit an application, with supporting documentation, to the Valuation Office on or before Tuesday September 15th 2015.

Offaly County Council Public Consultation Tullamore Street Enhancement Programme
Offaly County Council has developed a number of options for the enhancement of Columcille Street, O’Connor Square and High Street.  Options include, undergrounding cables, new paving, lighting, street furniture, planting, new layout of public areas including wider footpaths and increasing pedestrian priority within O’Connor Square. Public consultation will take place over the period 12th August 2015 to 3rd September 2015 (inclusive) by way of the following. click for more information

Food Waste Prevention with Catherine Fulvio at the Tullamore Show
Catherine Fulvio, celebrity chef, tantalized the taste buds of those attending the Show by cooking up dishes from everyday leftover foods and ingredients. Catherine was the face of an environmental awareness campaign for Offaly and Westmeath County Councils which focused on the prevention of food waste in your home. “Each year, households throw out an average of €700 worth of food waste each year” says Caroline Clancy, Environmental Awareness Officer with Offaly County Council.  “That’s the same as throwing money directly into your bin”. The purpose of this campaign and of Catherine’s demonstrations is to educate people on how to be more versatile with their ingredients and make food go that bit further as well as how to store food and use foods, like spices, that have been in our kitchen cupboards for years!”

Press Release : Belmont's Darragh Kenny claims Aga Khan Trophy at Dublin Horse Show
Darragh Kenny from Belmont represented the Irish team which won its first Aga Khan Trophy for three years at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS on Friday. Cllr Eamon Dooley, Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, said I'd like to congratulate Darragh Kenny who had the biggest win of his career on home soil when he captured his first Aga Khan Trophy. Darraghs’ performance on Sans Soucis Z was foot perfect and he did not incur any faults. Offaly County Council wishes Darragh continued success in his future equestrian career.

Press Release : Offaly County Council congratulates Shane Lowry on momentous victory at WGC- Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio
Cllr Eamon Dooley, Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, said: Shane Lowrys’ latest and greatest win at the WGC- Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio has brought immense pride and joy to the county of Offaly and has shown that Shane can compete with and beat the best golfers in the world. Shane Lowry is an Offaly man to the core and watching him yesterday winning in his native Clara colours reminded me of how down to earth and talented he is.

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