Tipperary Town Bandstand: Restored by TÚS in 2103

Tipperary Town Bandstand: Restored by TÚS in 2013

Tús is a national activation initiative for people who are unemployed for overa one year period and on the Live Register. Tús is designed to provide short term working opportunities for unemployed people while at the same time supporting and adding value to the broad range of services delivered by community and voluntary bodies.  The Tús Programme is delivered in South Tipperary by the South Tipperary Development Company on behalf of the Department of Social Protection. We currently have an allocation of 220 placements and we are not at full capacity at the moment and welcome applications on an ongoing basis which can benefit both the individuals and their host organisations. We are however accepting applications from groups from across South Tipperary as we continue to seek opportunities for our participants,please see application below.

This is an unique opportunity for organisations to access the broad range of skills, talents and experience which our clients possess. We are inviting applications on an on going basis from community, voluntary, not for profit groups to provide quality work placement opportunities.

Participants are randomly selected, contacted by DSP and offered the opportunity to participate on the Programme. However there is a self-referral option.

2 Self-Referral Option

DEASP have set up a Self-Referral Process for unemployed people. You simply Download the attached form below, complete it and bring it to your Case Officer in DEASP or you can bring completed forms to your local Tús Team Leader who is available to assist you.

3 Tús Team Leaders

There are currently 8 Tús Team Leaders working on the programme in South Tipperary. Their names, contact details and locations can be found here. Team Leaders in each area are available to discuss placement options with any group/organisation and support them to complete an application to participate in the programme.



Mark Rylands       086-8396267 Ardfinnan, Clogheen, Ballyporeen, Ballylooby, Burncourt, NewcastleSkeheenarinka, Duhill, Goatenbridge, Ballybacon, Cahir, Knocklofty, Grange, Marlfield.

Kenny Ryan          086-0276216


Cahir Town, Clonmel Town, New Inn, Rosegreen.


Patrick Quinn        0860276217


Cullen, Monard, Lattin, Emly, Kilross, Toem, Tipperary Town, Cappawhite, Annacarty, Dundrum, Donaskeigh, Clonoulty, Rossmore, Hollyford, Ballagh, Knockavilla, Donaskeigh, Bansha.


Eddie Tuohy         0860276218



Tipperary Town, Aherlow, Lisvernane, Rossadrehid, Kilfeacle, Thomastown, Bansha.


Tony Scully           0860276219



Carrick on Suir, Grangemockler, Nine Mile House, Mullinahone, Faugheen, Ballyneill.


Richard Wood        0860276214



Golden, Cashel, Ardmayle, Boherlahan, Dualla, Fethard, Killusty, Cloneen, Drangan, Moyglass, Killenaule, Ballingarry, The Commons.


Valerie Carty          0877860732



Clonmel Town, Kilcash, Lisronagh, Ballypatrick, Kilsheelan, Clerihan.


Brian McGrath        0877730164


Clonmel, Carrick on Suir, Kilsheelan, Monroe.


Further detailed information about Tús can be found in this list of frequently asked questions on the website of the Department of Social Protection www.dsp.ie.

4 Eligible Work

In general all works and services undertaken or delivered by the community and voluntary sectors for the benefit of the general community or specific sectors can be considered eligible.  Selected placement opportunities will fall within the following broad categories of work:

Environmental services, to include

  • Energy conservation work in low income homes and community buildings
  • Renovation of community and sporting facilities
  • Development, regeneration and enhancement of community spaces, gardens, parks, leisure areas, including sport grounds and school grounds where services are not otherwise provided
  • Neighbourhood, village and countryside enhancement, including clean-up
  • Recycling and repair of equipment, including furniture, tools, bicycles, and IT items.

Caring services, to include

  • Social care for all persons with such needs
  • Personal aide to any person with particular needs due to ill-health, limited or restricted mobility
  • Services for children in crèches and childcare settings
  • Preparation and delivery of meals for older people or those with limited income
  • Visitation, friendly call and befriending programmes for older people, those with mental health needs and those confined to home.

General community services, to include

  • Caretaking, securing, supervising of community buildings and spaces
  • Administration, web design, social media, reception, production of newsletters
  • Community research and evaluation, including genealogy
  • Event management, promotion and administration
  • Retail services in charity or community settings
  • Promotion and support for volunteering.

Heritage and cultural services, to include

  • Promotion of the Irish language and cultural activities
  • Development and maintenance of walking, cycling and leisure trails
  • Administration, marketing and promotion of local heritage sites and events
  • Staffing of cultural, tourism and heritage centres.

Para-educational services, to include

  • Administration, caretaking and other non-teaching or classroom supports
  • Services for children in crèches and childcare settings
  • Early years and after-school supports for children and young people
  • Literacy, numeracy and related supports for adults and children or those with limited command of the English or Irish languages
  • Assistance with recreational opportunities for adults/young people including coaching, training, art/music classes
  • Actions to develop or support the school completion programme and related initiatives.
Download Tús Programme Community Group Application Form



Related Pages

Tús Case Studies