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Death Of Maura Barry, Castle Avenue, Thurles

With Sincere SympathyIt is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Tuesday June 30th 2015, of Mrs Maura (Mary A) Barry (née Lowney) formally of Castle Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and Bere Island, Co. Cork.

Mrs Barry was predeceased by her husband Jack and passed away in the loving care of the Matron and Staff of Ardeen Nursing Home, Thurles, sadly missed by her daughter Triona, sons Gerard and John and their families, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mrs Barry’s body will repose tomorrow evening (Wednesday July 1st) at the Ardeen Nursing Home from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, before arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, for 7:30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on next Thursday morning at 11:00am, followed by interment later in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Big Bird Meets A Ninja Babe In Thurles

Thurles born Kristofferson Murphy (Well as you can gather from the name, his mother had a hankering for a well known seventies ‘Country and Western’ singer.) and his wife Victoria were invited to a swanky ‘Fancy Dress Masked Ball’.

Unfortunately, Kristofferson’s wife, at the very last minute, came down with one of her summer bouts of Hay Fever. It was somewhere between continuous fits of sneezing, nose blowing and seven o’clock, that Victoria informed her husband that he should go on to this party on his own. He, being always the devoted husband, protested most strongly, but Victoria argued (as all women are wont to do) that there was no need for her absence to spoil his eagerly anticipated outing; stating that her own best cure was to take a couple of Antihistamine tablets and retire to the comfort of her bed.

Fancy-DressFinally Kristofferson, having been reassured by his wife that she would be O.K. in his absence, placed his costume into a large plastic bag and headed for the Masked Ball. He would change clothing for this Fancy Dress event on his arrival; after all he did not want to draw unwanted attention to the absence of an up-to-date NCT (National Car Testing) disk, were he to be pulled over by a member of Tipperary’s Garda Traffic Corps, when spotted driving his vehicle dressed as ‘Big Bird’.

Meanwhile back home here in Thurles his wife Victoria, having sleep soundly for about an hour, awakened feeling somewhat more refreshed and, as it was still quite early, she decided to join her husband at the party.

Since her husband had never discussed with her what choice of costume she had intended wearing, Victoria thought she would have some fun by watching her husband from behind her chosen and rather revealing ‘Deadly Ninja’ outfit. She would be that ‘fly on the wall’ observing at first hand the type of shenanigans her Kristofferson got up to when believing that his wife was at home and apparently indisposed.

The lights were low in the hotel as Victoria joined the party, but she soon spotted her husband; alias one bright yellow ‘Big Bird’. Victoria observed Kristofferson over the next hour with various pint bottles in hand, cavorting with several young ladies new to his acquaintance; occasionally making inappropriate body contact, while proffering the odd whispered immoral suggestion, in the hope that his unknown female companion would grant even the slightest of encouragement.

Wondering how far her husband Kristofferson was actually prepared to go, on this his first solo night outing since wedlock, Victoria sidled up to him and being a lady very capable of seduction in her own right, ‘Big Bird’ was quickly induced into devoting time to this unknown ‘Deadly Ninja Babe’.

Victoria, (well since he was her husband anyway), appeared to permit ‘Big Bird’s’ immediate rather cheeky, flirty advances.  Chancing his arm, ‘Big Bird’ slowly began taking apparently unhindered advantage of his unknown, slender perfumed ‘Deadly Ninja’. It wasn’t long before he was whispering rather suggestive propositions in her ear, to which the Ninja appeared to readily accept.

They both soon slipped off to find the relative comfort of an open topped sports vehicle, parked in the shadows of the poorly lit hotel lawn. Both were soon involved in what the locals around these parts often refer to as ‘a heated quickie’.

Later, on returning to the noisy party and just before the compulsory unmasking at midnight, Victoria, like the Italian folk female character ‘Cinderella’, slipped quietly away to her home and put her Ninja costume away.  Slipping back into her bed, feeling totally cheated and threatening a bloody vengeance, she wondered what kind of explanation husband Kristofferson would come up with, for what she saw as his deceitful and unforgivable immoral behaviour.

Victoria was sitting up, pretending to read, when Kristofferson eventually creped in home. With all the appearance of a woman holding an innocent conversation, she asked “Well what kind of a night did you have, was the event well attended?”.
“Oh, the same old ding dong. You know I never have a good time when you’re not by my side.” Kristofferson replied.
“Did you dance much ?” Victoria now began her knowing detailed interrogation.
“You know, I never even danced one solitary dance. When I got there, sure I met Tom Browne, and some of his visiting Dublin cousins. A few of us went into the hotel lounge, where we had a few drinks and played poker up to just before I left. But hey, wait for this, you’re not going to believe what happened to one of Willie’s cousins, the guy I loaned my ‘Big Bird’ costume to…………”

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Nine Day Sports Festival Set For Thurles Co Tipperary


Thurles Sports Festival 2015

The first ever sports festival of its kind to be held in Ireland, the ‘Thurles Sports Fest’, will take place in various indoor and outdoor venues, throughout the town of Thurles, from July 3rd next to July 11th inc, with the full support and backing of Tipperary County Council, Tipperary Tourism, Tipperary Sports Partnership, together with LIT Thurles, Fáilte Ireland and Tipp FM.

Click image on left for greater magnification.

This annual festival is massively expanded this year, following on from the previous and hugely successful annual Thurles Sarsfields Festival of Gaelic Sport. Sports teams from across Ireland and abroad are all lined up, once again for the trip to Thurles, as part of this exciting Sports Festival.

The town of Thurles will showcase the best it has to offer as a sports, tourism and shopping destination to the many visitors who are expected to visit the home of the G.A.A. during this 9 days of festival activity. The nine day festival features 24 sports, national and international, as well as very attractive musical and cultural events.

The feast of Sport will see games such as Hurling, Camogie, Ladies Football, Juvenile Hurling, Road Bowling, Rounder’s, Handball, Target Ball (Latter for persons with special needs), Basketball, Soccer, Boxing, American Football, Fencing, Swimming, Golf, Fun Cycle, 5Km fun run/Walk, Taekwando, tag rugby, and a special feature; an International Polocrosse match between Ireland and the U.S.A..

There will also be sports talks, fitness talks, healthy food talks, children’s workshops, a food village to include cookery demonstrations, a craft village, family fun-day, funfair, live music day, dance shows, bouncy castles, climbing walls, G.A.A Heritage trail, re-enactment of the founding of the G.A.A., pub music trail, traditional music sessions and much more.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to avail of special incentives and explore the sights of Thurles such as St Mary’s Famine Museum, Semple Stadium, Lár na Páirce (Latter the G.A.A museum), Cabragh Wetlands, Farney Castle, Holycross Abbey, Pony-trekking with Thurles Equestrian Centre, and Thurles Greyhound Stadium.

We will be bringing you lots more news on this 9 day festival over the coming days, in the meantime why not visit and download the complete festival brochure.

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Staff At Bulmers Clonmel Threaten Strike Action

bulmersFollowing a row over redundancy terms, the Unite Trade Union has announced that its members, currently working at Bulmers Cider Brewery in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, have voted unanimously for industrial action.

This action follows the company’s apparent decision to renege on the said terms of a 2009 collective agreement.

We understand that according to the Unite Trade Union, the company has informed 24 Unite members; current employees working at the brewery, that they are not covered by this same 2009 collective redundancy agreement.

It is understood that the company has made one member redundant, while offering terms which will now only amount to around half of what was then originally and collectively agreed.

Explaining the background to this dispute, the Unite Trade Union’s Regional Officer Mr Tony Kelly stated: “Following a unanimous vote by Unite Members for industrial action, it is in the company’s interests to continue honouring the 2009 agreement, which was negotiated under the auspices of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), pending engagement under the same auspices”.

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Death Of Timothy (TK) Dwyer Thurles Tipperary

deathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Sunday 28th June 2015, of Mr Timothy (TK) Dwyer, Turtulla, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Dwyer passed away peacefully in the company of his family and is sadly missed by his wife Philomena, his children Mary, Ned, Alice, Tom, Kate, Tadhg, Josie and Angela, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, aunt and numerous friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mr Dwyer will repose at his residence on Monday June 29th from 4:00 p.m., with removal to Our Lady and St. Kevin’s Church, Littleton, Co Tipperary, on Tuesday morning; to arrive at 10.45 a.m. for Requiem Mass at 11.30 a.m..
Burial will take place afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery.

Note: House will remain private on Tuesday morning please. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Golden Years Day Care, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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