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Tribute To Tipperary Senior Hurlers.

A tribute to Tipperary’s senior hurlers, fresh from the pen of poet Mr Tom Ryan and dedicated to Liam Sheedy and our mighty Tipperary men, togged out in the blue and gold.

Tribute To Tipperary Senior Hurlers
Courtesy of Thurles Author & Poet Tom Ryan ©

“By Leeside you held our colours high
In gallant glorious fray against the Red
Scorned the pride of the ancient enemy,
Hurled with blood and muscle, heart and head.
Tipperary men by bold tradition brave,
No time for reputations or renown.

Who for Tipperary and her homes engrave
A glory that is greater than a crown,
Cry the fainthearted, “Tipperary hurling dead”
No! tis alive with fiercely wondrous will.
Proud wear the blue and gold upon your head,
Tipperary men are hurling warriors still”.


Tom Ryan, “Iona”, Rahealty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


Death Of Nonie Hayes, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Friday 14th June 2019, of Mrs Nonie Hayes (née Condon), Ballingarry, Lower, Ballingarry (SR), Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Patrick and son Martin; Mrs Hayes passed away peacefully at her home, while in her 96th year.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her sons Pat, Willie and John; her daughters Mary, Noreen, Ann, Margaret, Angela, Kathleen and Helen; grandchildren; great grandchildren; great great grandchildren; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; nieces; nephew; extended relatives; neighbours and large circle of friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mrs Hayes will lie in repose at Ronans Funeral Home, Ballingarry (SR), Thurles this Sunday evening, June 16th, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Removal will take place to the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry, Thurles, for funeral Mass on Monday morning, June 17th at 11.30am, followed by interment in the nearby old churchyard Ballingarry.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Upcoming Heritage Week – Thurles Cathedral, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

“History is who we are and why we are the way we are” – Quote by David McCullough

Here on thurles.info we raised the issue of required entry road signage for Thurles back in July 2018, and again on March 21st, 2019. The current signage into our Cathedral Town remains 12 years outdated, outworn, archaic and a source of shameful embarrassment to local business and residents.

On April 3rd, 2019, we again wrote about this signage. Amazingly and just prior to our recent local Municipal District election, new approach road sinage for Thurles was, shall we say, “conveniently mooted”.

The four key strengths of the town which were identified were:- Arts & Culture, Business, Sport and Education.

According to the Minutes of our Municipal District, dated March 27th last, the four key strengths of Thurles, identified above, were recognised following public consultation. How come town residents, missed this public consultation invitation? Did any member of our electorate get an invitation? In the case of secretarial error, will these minutes be now fully corrected? After all (See picture (4) above) Tipperary Co. Council are committed to :- “AG OBAIR LEIS AN BPOBAL” – “WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY“.

Suggested New Thurles entry road signage

We here on Thurles.Info noted, with disappointment, that while Thurles is more often referred to as the “Cathedral Town”, no Cathedral building appears to feature in any of these hastily prepared proposals, that we have so far previewed.

Where is that “Identified Strength” known as ‘Thurles History’ recognised?

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”. Quote by Marcus Garvey

Thurles Chamber of Commerce take note:- From purely a local economic prospective; Thurles Cathedral possibly brings more footfall to our Thurles town centre, than even the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA); attracting people through their daily Mass, Funerals, Weddings, Communions, Confirmations etc. Unless I am gravely mistaken, Thurles Cathedral will never be driven out by Tipperary Co. Council’s crippling parking charges, to move to the freedom generated by Thurles Shopping Centre, unlike so many of our other fine town centre businesses.

Arts & Culture; are they really a local strength or simply consist of a theatre and exhibition space, built with taxpayers money, to be controlled, once again, to provide financial benefit to Tipperary Co. Council. For the most part our Arts & Culture strengths locally consist of inviting lesser talented Dublin based theatre companies, to rent our ‘The Source’ theatre space, before racing back to Dublin, clutching tightly our €25 Euro per head ticket charge.

Our history, on the other hand, is a real strength and by not identifying same with intense pride, we greatly disrespect and gravely slight those who have gone before, latter having achieved so much on behalf of this present, often ingrate, generation.

According to Minutes published, it was agreed that this signage would be erected on the N75 (Dublin Road), N62 (Templemore Road), N62 (Slievenamon Road) and the R498 (Nenagh Road, Thurles). The time frame for completion of the signage is dependent on the selection of an agreed design.

There were, it appears, some conflicting views expressed on the imagery being used on this proposed signage and it was therefore unanimously agreed that a separate meeting should be convened on Tuesday 2nd. April, 2019 at 5:00pm to finalise the design. Any decisions agreed at that same meeting once again remain withheld from the ears of the great unwashed electorate.

In our most recent local Municipal district elections we, the electorate, voted for “more of the same”, and it was therefore with some further disenchantment, not to mention cynicism, that I listened to a radio pod-cast, featuring the newly elected Cathaoirleach (Chairperson) of Tipperary County Council, Mr Michael Murphy (Fine Gael), speaking on what was to be “high on his agenda”, over the next 12 months. Mr Murphy appeared to be solely focusing on projects in his home town of Clonmel. May we take this opportunity to remind Mr Murphy that he was elected as Cathaoirleach to serve all of Co. Tipperary, not just Clonmel.

Ireland’s National Heritage Week 2019 – August 17th – August 25th.

Over the coming weeks in preparation for Thurles National Heritage Week; Thurles.Info will attempt to highlight the massive national, historical importance and physical presence of Thurles Cathedral of the Assumption.

Forgetting briefly the everyday religious benefits obtained by Thurles and Tipperary people, not to mention that same religious spiritual advantage enjoyed by hundreds of visiting day-trippers down the centuries; it is important to again reveal the many untold stories relating to this iconic building, latter which symbolises a Cathedral Church, built to the glory of God; holding many now forgotten yet true stories.

“We learn from history that we don’t learn from history”. Quote by Bishop Desmond Mplio Tutu, latter South African Anglican cleric, theologian, awarded the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize.

Death Of Kate Cronin Formerly Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 13th June 2019, of Mrs Catherine (Kate) Cronin (née O’Neill), Mealoughmore, Windgap, Co. Kilkenny and formerly of Clonmichael, Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Pre-deceased by her husband Mattie, son Michael, grandsons Shane and Luke; Mrs Cronin passed away peacefully at her residence yesterday.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her sons Michael, Eamon and Mattie; daughters Mary, Alice, Helen, Catherine, Noreen, Liz and Frances; brother Martin; grandchildren; great grandchildren; great great grandchildren; sons-in-law; daughter-in-law; nieces; nephews; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mrs Cronin will lie in repose at her residence on tomorrow evening, Saturday June 15th from 4:00pm with Rosary and Vigil Prayers at 9:00pm.

Funeral to arrive at St. Nicholas Church, Windgap, Co. Kilkenny on Sunday June 16th for Funeral Mass at 1:00pm, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Note Please: House private on Sunday morning. Family Flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to St. Vincent de Paul.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


New Thurles Municipal District Council To Meet on Monday Next

The first meeting of the newly elected members of Thurles Municipal District Council, established under the Local government Reform Act 2014, will take place on Monday June 17th 2019 at 10.00 am sharp.

This meeting follows on from the local election results announced after the Local Elections held on May 24th last.

The first business of this newly elected Municipal District Council will be the election of its Cathaoirleach (Chairperson).

Thurles Municipal District Council by virtue of their democratic mandate will most likely make appointments to a range of bodies, e.g. The Joint Policing Committee; Drainage Committees; Thurles Swimming Pool Limited; Roscrea Swimming Pool Limited, etc.. However, at the new Council’s discretion, latter issues are permitted to be postponed to a later date, where appropriate, after Monday’s Annual Meeting.

Thurles Municipal District council is not itself a legal entity; Tipperary County council being the corporate body. However, the members acting within the stated district do have powers relating to the running of their own meetings and somewhat lesser governance with regard to schedule maintenance works and other operations that may be carried out within the same district.