Archive for September 4, 2011

Upperchurch-Drombane Fighting Blindness Charity Weekend

Saturday October 8th and Sunday October 9th are going to be busy in Upperchurch with the hosting of the fighting blindness charity weekend. For more info visit you can also make an online donation

Anna Ternheim – Come with me to an unknown place

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Anna Ternheims New album “Night Visitor” due for release on 28th October 2011

If you have not heard of Anna Ternhiem then I am not surprised. For an amazing Swedish singer/song writer her popularity has not translated to the UK and Ireland.

LIT-Tipperary application for Green-Campus Programme accepted by An Taisce

As part of LIT- Tipperary’s ethos of a sustainable campus we recently applied for the Green-Campus programme. An Taisce has accepted our application to register for their Green-Campus programme. The Green-Campus programme will increase the opportunities for our students to engage in active learning and to gain practical experience in environmental management – particularly relevant to our programmes of BSc (Hons) in Environmental and Natural Resource Management and BSc (Hons) in Computing (Smart Sustainable Energy).

LIT Tipperary shows the way at International Energy Conference

My colleague Seamus Hoyne presented at a major gathering of experts at a conference in Niagara Falls, Canada. They attendees heard about a range of sustainable energy projects being developed in Tipperary.  RETScreen International, developers of a software tool for assessing the potential for energy projects, had invited Seamus Hoyne from LIT-Tipperary to present the work of the Institute and that of the Tipperary Energy Agency at their inaugural international conference.

Approximately 240 attendees were present at the event where projects involving wind energy, biomass heating and energy efficiency upgrades were presented by Seamus.  The audience included engineers, architects, consultants, academics and project developers from Canada, USA, EU, Asia and Africa.

Seamus filled me on some of the RETScreen usage stats “We have been working with RETScreen since 2000 and have used the tool extensively for the development of projects.  It has close to 300,000 users across the world and has proven to be an excellent tool for assessing energy projects at the feasibility stage. LIT-Tipperary and the TEA bring a unique perspective in that we include the use of RETScreen in education, training and project development.  I was letting the conference participants know about how we have used the tool and what we plan to use it for in the future.  For example, we will be using RETScreen as part of the Institute’s Degree in Smart Sustainable Energy.  Also, we are developing an on-line training course in RETScreen which we hope to have available later this year.”

Participants were particularly interested in the fact that LIT-Tipperary and the TEA have combined education, training and project development elements in its activities.  A new network of RETScreen trainers has been established and LIT Tipperary will be involved in its development.  LIT Tipperary has started discussions with RETScreen so that students on the Smart Sustainable Energy Degree will be working on new modules as part of their degree programme.  This will give the students great experience of working on real world problems related to the sustainable energy sector.


Triple Glazing upgrades are they worth it?


We recently had our double glazing windows serviced by munster joinery. I was surprised to learn that our 9 year old windows can be upgraded to 24mm triple glazing. This involves replacing the glazing and where necessary the hinges and seals.

I belive there would be an improved thermal comfort experience. But I will have do some.more research before we make a decision. The no.mess and fuss of the.upgrade makes it very attractive.