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Thurles All Ireland Tractor Challenge Tomorrow

An attempt at the All Ireland Tractor Challenge and Guinness World Record will take place at the Turnpike, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, tomorrow.

Committee and promoters of the the All Ireland Tractor Challenge, latter which will take place at the Turnpike, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, tomorrow.

The “All Ireland Tractor Challenge” and Guinness World Record attempt, sponsored by Supermac’s, will take place at the Turnpike, Two Mile Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, tomorrow (Sunday May 3rd) beginning at 11.30am.

Last year, in a similar attempt, some 1100 tractors turned up at the Thurles Racecourse, Nenagh Rd, Thurles, Co Tipperary, in an attempt to beat the current existing record, latter which stands at 1232 tractors. All tractors, vintage or otherwise, are still being welcomed, so have you entered your tractor in this event?

Note: Your entry can still be accepted by contacting Michael Fahey (Mobile 087-2712967) or T.J. Donnelly (Mobile 087-9855745) or Chris Verling (Mobile 083-4156785).

Note: This Tractor Challenge Guinness World Record Attempt tomorrow is not only just about a world record breaking attempt, it is also about a great social day out for all the family, with full proceeds going to North Tipperary Hospice (Suirhaven) Cancer Support Centre and the Cameo Care Dementia Respite Unit; both two worthy local Thurles Charities.

There will be Tug of War events, numerous prizes for the best 1950’s outfits for male’s, females and children attending; there will be Bouncy Castles, Amusement Rides, together with an abundance of stalls of all shapes and sizes.  Stalls will include Aloe Vera, Novelty Cakes, Stakelums, Mo Cara Animal Rescue, Hayes Yoghurt’s & Cheese’s, Thurles Men’s Sheds, Latteragh Crafts, Farmers Markets, Morrelli Sports Wear, Shannon Ices, just to name a few and all fully supporting this massive event.

Expect to brush shoulders with celebrity stars of sport, stage and screen; e.g. Rugby’s John Hayes & Denis Leamy, Alison Brolan (Munster’s Rose of Tralee contestant) and Derek from ‘Crystal Swing’.  Thurles natives Una Foden (Healy) of ‘The Saturdays’ and Comedian Pat Shortt are also expected to drop in sometime during the course of the day’s events.

Some 300 tractors have already arrived on site for parking at the Turnpike and same will remain over night under strict security, to await the larger contingent of vehicles expected to arrive early tomorrow

For further information see All Ireland Tractor Challenge and please do support this truly worthwhile charity event.

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Cannabis Plants & Herb Located In New Inn, Co. Tipperary

Cannabis Sativa

Cannabis sativa

Three men have been arrested following a drug seizure at a cannabis ‘grow house’  here in Co Tipperary, where over a thousand plants of various maturities were found by officers, during a legal search.

The three men, one in his 40’s and two in their 50’s, were arrested following a seizure of both cannabis plants and cannabis herb, latter which is reported to have an estimated street value of some €700,000.

Both substances were recovered during searches of two premises at Boytonrath, Boreen, Kileenasteena, New Inn. A cannabis ‘grow house’  was discovered in the first premises, while a ‘drying house’  was located in a second premises.

A single barrel shotgun was also discovered during the course of the search.

The three men are currently being held in Tipperary Town and Cahir, Garda stations, under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

The search was undertaken by members of the Drugs Detective units in Tipperary town and Clonmel and included members of the Regional Surveillance Unit, the Regional Support Unit plus the Cork ‘Sniffer Dog’  Unit.

These arrests are part of continuing investigations in Co. Tipperary, into the sale and supply of drugs.

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Death Of Liam O’Brien, Pouldine, Thurles.

deathIt is with great sadness we learned today (Friday 1st May 2015) of the death of Mr Liam O’Brien, Pouldine, Horse & Jockey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr O’Brien’s passing is deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary, his daughters Olivia & Maria, son T.J., grandchildren, brothers Tom & John, sister Helena, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Funeral arrangements.

Mr O’Brien’s body will repose at his residence on Saturday, May 2nd, from 3.00pm to 7.30pm. Removal will take place from his residence on Sunday morning at 10.45am to St. Peters Church, Moycarkey for Requiem Mass at 11.30am, followed by burial afterwards in St. Peters Cemetery.

Note: House private on Sunday morning. Family flowers only; but donations, if desired, to North Tipperary Hospice.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis. 

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A Murder Takes Place In The Anner Hotel Thurles

Yes, I knew that headline would get your immediate attention and now that I have gotten same, please, please do read on.

Calling all you lovers of ‘Mystery’ and ‘Intrigue’. Have you a ‘taste’  for that something which is often difficult initially either to understand or explain? Do you perhaps secretly ‘hunger’ to be a top notch homicide investigator, a type of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ if you will?

“I do”, I hear you say! Then take special note of a unique upcoming event. On Friday, May 22nd, 2015 you can see an unusual fund-raising event here in Thurles with the Anner Hotel hosting a ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’ in aid of the Irish Lung Fibrosis Association (I.L.F.A.) and Thurles Rehabcare.

The four course dinner will be the scene of a ‘Foul Murder,’ acted out between each course of your meal, by Goldstar Productions, a professional acting troupe. Those of you attending will play the part of attendees at a school reunion, with the acting troupe presenting a light hearted mystery for you to puzzle over and perhaps solve. This dinner will be followed by a School Disco, with you playing the ‘floor fillers,’ dancing the routines of many a former teenage memory.

This fund-raiser is being promoted by the family of the late Phyl Troy latter formally of Thurles, in conjunction with I.L.F.A. and Thurles Rehabcare.  Phyl, as everyone remembers, was totally devoted to her career in Rehabcare and hence the full proceeds of this event will go directly to Castleview House in Two Mile Borris.

Phyl, prior to her sad passing last year, had been diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), latter a progressive and generally fatal disease characterized by scarring of the lungs that eventually thickens the lining of the lungs, causing an irreversible loss of the tissue’s ability to transport oxygen. This lung condition, IPF, ultimately robs a patient of the ability to breathe and is more deadly than most cancers. This disease affects some 800 new patients each year here in Ireland and has brought about quite a number of deaths in Co. Tipperary over the last few years, including two of the late Phyl Troy’s own siblings. Proceeds raised by this event and given to I.L.F.A. will now assist in ongoing research, support and further education of this normally fatal disease.

TICKETS: Same cost just €35 each, and will include a ‘Sumptuous Four Course Dinner’, the ‘Murder Mystery’ and the ‘School Disco’. Tickets are available from the Anner Hotel or from individual members of the Troy family, actively promoting this worthy event. Let’s be honest here, where today can you obtain Dinner, A Theatre Seat, Dancing, not to mention the Kudos from “her indoors,” for such a small admission fee; plus of course that great inner feeling you yourself will gain by having supported this truly worthwhile cause.

This said; remember the date; Friday, May 22nd, 2015, Anner Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Oh and from now on remember to never turn your back in the shower, especially when the water is running.

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Death Of Mary Hourihan Thurles

With Sincere Sympathy

With Sincere Sympathy

It is with great sadness we learned yesterday (Monday 27th April 2015) of the death of Mrs Mary Hourihan (nee O’Donnell), Mathew Avenue, Thurles and formerly of Durrus, Bantry, Co Cork.

Mrs Hourihan died peacefully, in the tender care of the staff at Bantry General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Predeceased by her husband John, (May 28th, 2014), Mrs Hourihan’s passing is deeply regretted by her loving daughters Geraldine (Mullins) and Mary (Downes), sons William, Peter and Michael, sister Kay, sisters-in-law Audrey, Irmgard, Sheila and Angela, sons-in-law Eddie and Kevin, grandchildren Aislinn, Deirdre, Shane, David, Mary, Síona, Rory, Clare and Rhona, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, her wonderful carers, neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Rosary on Tuesday, April 28th at 8.00pm at Coakley’s Funeral Home, Chapel Street, Bantry, West Cork. Mrs Hourihan’s body will later repose at her private residence situated at No.1 Mathew Avenue, Thurles, Co Tipperary on Wednesday April 29th from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

Her body will arrive at The Cathedral of the Assumption [Map Ref.] on Thursday April 30th at 10.15am for Requiem Mass at 11.00am.  Her burial will take place afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis. 

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