We understand from the Thurles Sports Fest Committee that two errors appear on the recently published programme brochure, issued publicly to homes throughout Tipperary today. One of these errors regrettably is also carried presently on their website, for which the committee humbly apologise.
Firstly the Thurles Sports Fest Committee wish to point out that the Festival will run from July 1st to July 10th 2016 and not July 1st to July 9th as published on the brochure.
Secondly, and more important, the ‘Scór Bowls for Special Needs’ event, scheduled originally for Friday July 8th 2016, will in fact open this year’s festival on Friday July 1st 2016 at 11.00am. We wish the best of luck to all of those set to take part.
To remind you all of this upcoming event, please see pictures on video hereunder from the very first successful Bowling occurrence in 2014.
To watch in HD please click HERE.
The Thurles Sports Fest will now in fact get off to a flying start with a well attended official ‘Indoor Target Bowling’ competition, and with all competitors playing for the coveted Olden Cup, together with associated individual medals for runner’s up and winning team members.
You can find an up-to-date Calander of correct Sporting Events for the festival HERE
The 45th International Miss Macra Festival this year returns to Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Pictured L-R: Declan Ryan (Pres. Clonoulty/Rossmore Macra), Simone Loughman (Int. Miss Macra Secretary), Susan Willis (2015 Int. Miss Macra Winner), Anne Marie Lyng (Chairperson), Helen Hayes, (2015 Int. Miss Macra Runner-Up), Jamie Driver (Anner Hotel), Geraldine Henchion (Tipp FM Radio), at the official launch of the 2016, 45th International Miss Macra Festival to be held in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, on August Bank Holiday Weekend 2016.
Clonoulty-Rossmore Macra na Feirme are delighted to confirm that this year’s International Miss Macra Festival will take place over the 2016 August Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday the 29th of July to Monday the 1st August, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. This will be the Festivals 45th year and is an exceptional representation of what just one farming organisation can achieve; through hard work, determination and the full support of its local community.
This year will once again see young ladies travelling from all over Ireland, in the hope of following in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Miss Susan Willis (Co. Carlow); in being crowned International Miss Macra 2016. This, as stated, 45th year of the festival, will see many new initiatives and a change of scene, but first a brief history lesson.
International Miss Macra Festival History
The International Miss Macra Festival is a personality competition, a mini Rose of Tralee, if you will, for Macra na Feirme Clubs and their members. The festival was founded by Mr Paddy Heffernan, Mr Tom Horan and Mr Michael Slattery back in 1971. Initially Macra Members were met with little enthusiasm from Macra National Headquarters, but the Clonoulty / Rossmore club did not allow this to deter their ingenuity. As a rural farmers organisation they ploughed on (pardon the pun), regardless, with their plans and year on year since its conception this festival has blossomed with as many as 32 contestants competing annually each year, from Ireland and abroad.
The 90’s saw an interest from rural youth and agricultural organisations abroad, e.g. 4H clubs in America and Scottish Young Farmers, begin to develop. The International Miss Macra Festival is somewhat unique in that it is run by the same local Macra Club every year; rather than a County Executive and their scale of success is a testament to both the dedication of the Clonoulty-Rossmore Macra members and the massive support of the local Tipperary community.
The local Clonoulty / Rossmore community, in particular, play a most important part in this festival, with households taking on the role as ‘Host Families’ for each of the contestants, year after year. This tradition remains very strong; seeing the contestants receive the warmest of welcomes, as they become adopted into the hearts of the local host families. To these ‘Host Families’ go our committee’s gratitude for their never ending support, generosity, overall commitment and loyalty, each year.
International Miss Macra Festival Returns to its Roots
This year, 2016, sees the festival returning to its initial roots; coming back to Thurles, Co. Tipperary for the full duration of the weekend. Such is the high calibre of the venues in Thurles that the Festival this year will take place in three separate areas, as we showcase the best that Thurles and Co. Tipperary has to offer: Hayes Hotel (Birthplace of the GAA), on the Friday night, The Dome on Saturday and the magnificent family-run Anner Hotel (Graded Four-Star by Fáilte Ireland), on Sunday night.
This year, the festival will kick-start on Friday the 31st of July when contestants will meet the festival committee in Clonoulty village. Friday afternoon also offers contestants a chance to take a personal tour of the world famous Coolmore Stud Farm, followed by lunch in the Anner Hotel restaurant. Next the contestants will take part in a Zumba class in Clonoulty Community Hall where contestants, host families and local people will get their chance to ‘meet and greet’; a long-standing tradition of this festival.
International Miss Macra Judges
The judges for the 2016 competition this year are:-
(A) Joan Pollard Carew, representing Michael Carew Jewellers, Friar Street, Thurles. Joan, whose husband is main sponsor of the festival, is herself a published poetess and well known nationally in Irish Art and Irish Dancing circles. Joan and her husband also contribute greatly to the festival in terms of invaluable support, time and advice.
(B) Geraldine Henchion, representing Tipp FM, Tipperary’s No 1 Local Radio Station. Geraldine also well known in Art Circles, joins the panel for the first time this year.
(C) Declan Ryan, who has held every known post of responsibility on the International Miss Macra Festival committee and also currently holds the title of President of the Clonoulty/Rossmore Macra club.
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Tipperary County Council have made an Order temporarily closing the R502 – Templemore to Templetouhy road.
This period of closure is expected to begin on Tuesday 5th July 2016 to Friday 12th August 2016.
Alternative routes can be accessed by motorists to both Templemore & Templetouhy, both ways, using the R433 and R435, and these diversion routes will be clearly sign-posted with emergency access being provided at all times.
The purpose of this closure is to facilitate necessary bridge repairs on this route and Tipperary County Council regret any inconvenience which may be caused to the travelling public.
A report and warning from regular Thurles.Info reader and contributor Mr Gerard Connaughton.
Mr Connaughton states, “I received a missed call this morning (23/06/2016) from +25244851237.
A quick check on Google reveals that this number originates in Somalia and is actually a scam. Apparently if I had answered this call I would have heard a recording of a child crying or someone in trouble; followed by an apparent hang-up.
Most people receiving such a call on their mobile phone would, out of concern, have phoned the number back without thinking, in order to offer assistance to the person apparently sounding in trouble. Then they would have been subjected to a scam of some sort. A lot of Irish people would be particularly susceptible to this scam at present, with children / relatives currently abroad on summer student visas and of course in France at the Euros.
I have pasted the official warning from ComReg below which is disappointingly vague and doesn’t mention the variant of the number that called me ending in 7. I strongly recommend Thurles.Info readers do not answer any calls with country code +252 coming up on their phones, unless they have a relative in Somalia.
As stated ComReg have already been made aware of the number that is attempting to contact people. The number in question is 25244851232 and the last digit can sometimes also be either 3 or 6.
ComReg would advise all consumers to be on their guard, regarding calls of this nature.
To Gerard goes our thanks for his expeditious warning.
Large numbers of visitors are expected to converge on Thurles for this year’s ‘Thurlessportsfest’ which will lumber up on Friday July 1st 2016; beginning at 11.00 am and continuing until July 10th 2016 inc.
The Thurles Sports Festival Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank, in particular, Tipperary County Council, LIT, Thurles Chamber of Commerce, Failte Ireland, Thurles Credit Union, The Anner Hotel, Tipperary Star and Tipp FM for their support of this 10 day festival event.
‘Thurlessportsfest’ will officially kicks off on Friday morning at 11.00am with a ‘Scór Bowls for Special Needs’ event. This official ‘Indoor Target Bowling’ competition, will compete for the coveted Olden Cup, together with associated individual medals for runner’s up and winning team members.
At 6.30pm a ‘Horse (or Pony) and Trap Parade’, will be found heading in the direction of ‘Semple’s Field’, to the nearby Thurles Sarsfields Pitch, for possibly the most historic of this years super 10 days of sporting events.
Picture shows – Mr Liam O’Donoghue (Lár Na Páirce), Miss Fiona O’Sullivan (Tipperary Rose of Tralee & Irish TV Presenter), Mr John Enright (Thurles Sarsfields and Thurles Sports Festival Member) examining the new specially designed 1916 style hurley’s ahead of ‘Thurlessportfest’, July 1st – July 10th next. (Photo G.Willoughby.)
This historic parade on Friday evening will culminate with a 1916 ‘Hurling Final Re-enactment’, match, beginning at 7.30pm sharp in the Sarsfield’s Pitch, and same will be an admission free spectator event for all comers. The two teams taking part in this re-enactment will be Tullaroan (Representing the Premier Counties oldest rivals, Co. Kilkenny), playing Boherlahan (Representing the honour of our own Co. Tipperary).
Meanwhile a ‘Family Fun Cycle’, will also be taking place at 7.00pm in association with Upperchurch-Drombane Cycling Club. This event will be a 10k cycle race through parts of Thurles town and out into the countryside, with all competitor standards welcome to participate regardless.
We will be highlighting further sports events taking place during ‘Thurlessportsfest’ in the days leading up to July 1st next.