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Have Yourself A Merry Christmas In Thurles


With Christmas Day a mere 15 sleeps away, Thurles is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

All shop windows here in the centre of of the town are now displaying their festive finery, with Hummingbird’s window display (situated in Friar Street, Thurles) particularly imaginative, forcing even the busiest shopper to halt awhile and stare.

Thurles Town Council have long completed the finishing touches to the Christmas street lighting which each year, over this festive season, creates a warm and cheery atmosphere for shoppers.

Yes, Thurles is certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas and we will be featuring other shop window displays later in the week.


To Absent Ones At Christmas

To Absent Ones At ChristmasBy Author & Poet Tom Ryan

We shall not, in drawing up to the red-coaled fire
In a profusion of spirits in the hollied room,
Your presence dishonour with forgetfulness,
But rather shall we in music and wine
And in the memory of another place and happy time,
Toast you, our absent ones.

Nor as the carols reach to the Christmas stars
In praise of the glorious grandeur of the world,
Nor as children’s voices herald a new awakening,
Shall we forget the warmth
Of a time of togetherness,
But in a quiet prayer, pure as snow crystals,
Give thanks for what you were to our hearts
For what you’ll ever be
Unto the last Yuletide.

So, in a good spirit,
Glad for the plenty and the peace,
Joyous for our family and our friends.
With all the people of the earth
And in our merriment and mirth
We do remember you, our dear and absent ones.

Tom Ryan, “Iona”, Rahealty, Thurles. Co. Tipperary, Republic of Ireland.
From “Cherry Blossoms” by Tom Ryan.


ETB Invite Expressions Of Interest For Accommodation Provision

Tipperary Education and Training Centre (ETB) will be opening a new Further Education and Training Centre in the Archerstown Business Park, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.  Same venue will provide training for Apprenticeship Learners in the form of training courses of durations of between 20-22 weeks, with several student intakes per year.  Their accommodation needs will vary from 4 nights to 7 nights a week while these training programmes are running.

Tipperary ETB are now inviting expressions of interest from accommodation providers within the Thurles locality, which can be included on the Tipperary ETB accommodation list for those involved in Apprenticeship courses.

If interested please contact Mr Tony Perez on Tel: (051) 640745 or Email tperez@tipperaryetb for an application form. This form can also be downloaded from HERE.


Horse & Jockey Concerts Support Suir Haven Cancer Centre

Above photo shows a cheque being presented to Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre; the proceeds from two Variety Concerts performed by the renowned Horse and Jockey Singers.
Featured (L to R) are: Anna Ryan, Clare Bohan, Marie McGrath, (All 3 ladies representing Suir Haven), with Liam Ó Donnchú, Connie O’Keeffe and Tom Ryan, (Latter 3 representing the Horse and Jockey Singers).

The Horse and Jockey Singers recently hosted two packed performances; part of their highly successful series of Christmas Variety Concerts, the proceeds of which were donated in support of Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre, situated on Clongour Road, here in Thurles.  Both enjoyable events were staged in the Horse and Jockey Hotel Theatre, Horse and Jockey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Suir Haven  Cancer Support Centre in Thurles is a community based centre, where everyone is welcome; whether one is living with cancer or simply modified by it, through affected family members, their carers, their children or friends.

All of the cancer support services delivered by the Centre are provided free of charge.


Death Of Anne Walsh, Formerly Thurles, Co. Tipp.

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Saturday 9th December 2017, of Mrs Anne Walsh (née Coleman), late of Sutton Park, Dublin 13, Co. Dublin and formerly of Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Walsh passed away while in the tender care of the doctors, nurses and staff of the Conall Ward of St. Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park, Co.Dublin, following a long illness, most bravely borne.

The passing of Mrs Walsh is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Peter; sons Jack Jamie and John; daughter Clare; doting Mamó of Rita-Anne and Sadhbh; loving sister of Christy; extended family members and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Requiem Mass for Mrs Walsh will be held on Monday, 11th of December next at 12.00 noon in the Church of The Resurrection, Bayside Blvd N, Kilbarrack Lower, Dublin 13.

Cremation Service immediately afterwards at Dardistown Crematorium, , for 2.00pm.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.