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Reading Books Can Add Years To Your Life

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

[Extract from that wonderful book, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut” by Dr. Seuss. (Theodor Seuss Geisel or Theo LeSieg, was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter and filmmaker).]

It is possibly one of the very few shops, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, where you, without difficulty, could solve all of your Christmas gift problems with ease and within one hour. I am referring of course to Eason, situated at the bottom of the main isle in Thurles Shopping Centre.

The store can fulfil the wishes of just about every man, woman and child, and not just in their book title offerings, which are truly extensive; but also through sales of National Lottery Tickets, Toys, Christmas Cards, Jewelry, Diaries, Filofaxes, Calendars, Jigsaws, Mass Cards, Birthday Cards, Get Well Cards, Scented Candles and Back-to-School paraphernalia of every discription, to name but some of the stock being carried this Christmas time.

Yes, this is the same lucky Eason establishment, which successfully sold three winning National Lottery Jackpot tickets, with prize-winners collecting a whopping total of €26 million Euro, in prize money.

But of course this family run store’s greatest asset is the service provided by a dedicated group of employees, latter who instantly takes ownership of their particular role within the Eason organisation. All staff here are fully trained and committed to the mission of their business; living the values that have been created by three generations of the same local O’Toole family.

Why not check out the Eason store for yourself during this festive season?

Incidentally, talking about books and reading; did you know that reading books can add years to your life?

A research team at Yale University tracked some 3600 adults all over the age of 50 years for 12 years. Results of their research indicated that people who read books for just 30 minutes each day, lived nearly two years longer, than those who simply read magazines or newspapers.

Scientific research has proven that reading can achieve many incredible effects on our everyday lives. It can improve our health and emotional understanding, while boosting our intelligence and creativity and reducing stress. The brain’s ability to become fully immersed and distracted in a book, is what makes reading the perfect way to relieve stress.

Indeed, it also seems that the sooner you start reading to your new born child, the better, with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), back in 2012, highlighting research which confirms that children who are read to in their early years, grow to be become better readers themselves, by the age of 15 years.


Christmas 2019 At Thurles Library

Ms Suzanne Brosnan (Senior Library Assistant), Tipperary County Council Library Service, reports: –

“It’s beginning to feel alot like Christmas here in Thurles Library as is indicated by our list of events shown hereunder.

Saturday 7th December: Christmas story-time will take place at 11.30am. It’s time to get out those Christmas jumpers and Santa hats and come along to help Santa find his proper suit, when Mrs Claus is sick on our interactive story-line. Raise our voices and sing-a-long to great songs like “Jingle Bells” and lots more!

Wednesday 11th December: Christmas Workshop for Adults at 11.15am. This workshop is facilitated by Bertranda Delaney from the Thurles Flower Club. Some materials will be provided on the day, with more details on booking. Note: Spaces are limited – Bookings please to the Thurles library on Tel: 076106-6131.

Tuesday 17th December: Christmas Pyjama Story-time will take place at 6:30pm. Join us for stories and songs with special guest Mrs Claus who will pop-in to visit the children on the night.

Wednesday 18th December: Annual Christmas Coffee Morning takes place from 11:15am. Come along for a cuppa, a mince pie and some wonderful festive entertainment. We will be joined by two choirs this year – The Little Flower National School and The Lámh Choir from Scoil Aonghusa Cashel. We look forward to sharing this special morning with all our customers. Free Event and in this case no booking is necessary!

Friday 20th December: Take time out from the busy Christmas craziness and come along to our Christmas Family Movie afternoon! The movie will start at 2:30pm and we are rolling back the years with this years choice of The Muppets Christmas Carol. Same is a gentle version of the Charles Dickens classic!

Please note that while all our events are free, we are taking bookings for story-times, the workshop and film afternoon.
So, please do book at the desk with a member of our staff, or call 0761-06-6131.”


Teddy Bear Sleepover In Thurles Library

Ms Suzanne Brosnan (Senior Library Assistant), Tipperary County Council Library Service, reports: –

“Join us in Thurles Library on Tuesday November 26th, at 6.30pm, for our Teddy Bear Sleepover!

Simply bring your Teddy along to the Thurles Library for some bedtime stories, then tuck Teddy in and kiss him goodnight! When the library lights go out later, let’s see what mischief your Teddy gets into!

Each Teddy will receive a tag with their name and when you collect your Teddy the following day in the library, don’t forget to pick up his certificate!

As with all exciting and educational events at Thurles Library, parents are kindly requested to please reserve the expected attendance of your child, in advance, by telephoning 0761-06-6131.”

Note: This event is most suitable for children up to and including first class.


“Up, Up and Away!” – Free Kite Workshop

Ms Suzanne Brosnan (Senior Library Assistant), Tipperary County Council Library Service, reports:-

Up, Up and Away!”

The “Up, Up and Away!” Kite Workshop will takes place on Friday next, November 15th in Thurles library, beginning sharp at 3.15pm.

Do come along and learn all about the science of flight and learn to design your own kite.

Note: This workshop is FREE and is suitable for all children aged between 7-12 years of age.

Remember: Ask Mum or Dad to reserve a place for you with Thurles Library, simply by Telephoning 0761-06-6131.

The Up, Up and Away Kite Workshop is presented by Tipperary Festival of Science.


Novelist & Playwright Cónal Creedon To Visit Cashel Library.

Ms Maura Barrett, [Branch Librarian (Cashel Library), Tipperary Co. Council Library Service], Reports: –

Mr Cónal Creedon, the noted Corkonian playwright, short story writer, novelist and documentary film maker (Yes, the brother of RTE’s John Creedon), will visit Cashel Library situated at Friar Street, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, on Saturday November 9th, 2019 at 2:00pm sharp.

Mr Creedon has an enormous capacity to entertain and make you laugh, while all of the while being insightful and observant. He is an established wordsmith, recognised not just in his native county of Cork, but also on national and international stages.

Mr Creedon will read from his latest novel ‘Begotten not made’, which he describes as a 21st Century Fairy Tale. This book weaves a very poignant story of a cleric’s unrequited love for a nun – although they only met once, in 1970, on the night that Dana won the Eurovision.

His prose is frequently hilarious and never, ever dull. “Cónal Creedon’s new novel puts a magic-realist twist on the tale of a cleric’s unrequited love for a nun”, writes one critic.

The author looks forward to taking questions from the audience and signing copies of his book on that afternoon. This is a unique opportunity to meet a truly noted Irish author up close and personal and be assured he promises not to disappoint.

The Perfect Chrismas present.

Make a note of the date and do go along to this event, with the knowledge that you can’t beat owning a book signed by the author – makes for a welcome Chrismas present.

Booking is essential for this FREE event, so do please telephone (062) 63825. You can find further information on Mr Creedon’s work on his website ConalCreedon.com.