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Thurles Native Gerard O’Brien Appointed Circuit Court Judge

Judge G O'Brien

New Circuit Court Judge Mr G. O’Brien

Thurles residents wish to join in congratulating the State Solicitor for North Tipperary, Mr Gerard O’Brien on his recent appointment as a Judge of the Circuit Court.

The Thurles native, who recently celebrated his 50th birthday, has also publicly confirmed his new appointment and it is understood that he will possibly take up his new post beginning in the Dublin District Court area.

Mr O’Brien who worked initially as a schoolteacher in Dublin, also served successfully as a Fianna Fáil member of Thurles Town Council for a brief period before retiring.

Having qualified with a law degree, he has worked for some years as a solicitor in his Thurles based firm of Gerard O’Brien Solicitors, latter which he established in 2006.

Six years later, in 2012, Mr O’Brien was appointed State Solicitor for North Tipperary, prior to this, his most recent appointment as a Judge of the Circuit Court.

Despite being the victim of a handicap caused by the drug Thalidomide, which resulted with him being born with no upper limbs and one lower limb, his always cheerful witty disposition, integrity, compassion, understanding, unquestionable ability and his total outright rejection of his very own personal physical handicap, leaves his many friends and those of his acquaintance, truly humbled by his numerous outstanding achievements to date.

Widely travelled, a lover of almost all music genre and a director of the Cathedral of The Assumption Youth Choir, Mr O’Brien was also the founder of the current and very successful youth musical theatre group Phoenix Productions, latter both based here in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Very few, if any, Thurles residents are therefore surprised by Mr O’Brien’s latest elevation and he is sincerely wished every continued success in this his most recent appointment.

Watch New An Post Christmas Advert

Post Early for Christmas 2014

Our national An Post Christmas TV advert this year is about how we remember family and friends at Christmas. It highlights the fact that when we make the effort to write and post our Christmas cards, the emotional rewards for both sender and receiver are enormous.

By the way, the music track in video above is called ‘The Christmas Waltz,’ with vocals by Lisa Hannigan and was shot on location in Dublin and Wicklow.

To download this music track in full click HERE, noting that all proceeds from any sale will go directly to the Simon Community to help tackle our escalating homelessness situation here in Ireland.

The annual 2014 Christmas stamps special booklet which holds 26 Christmas stamps is priced at €17.00, and includes one stamp free of charge.

The last posting dates from Thurles, to countries outside Ireland, which will absolutely ensure delivery before Christmas, are shown hereunder.

Standard Letters – December 11th.
Standard Post Parcels – December 6th.
Registered Post – December 6th.
International Courier Service December 19th.

Rest of the World
Standard Post Letters & Parcels – December 6th.
Registered Post – December 6th.
International Courier Service* December 19th.

For advice about packaging and addressing Christmas mail – Visit:-

Book of Recipes – Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre

Fundraiser With A Difference – A Book Of Your Recipes Will Cook Up A Storm.

Eileen Coffey

Eileen Coffey

Ms Eileen Coffey, a member of the Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre here in Thurles is embarking on a fundraising effort “with a difference.”
She intends compiling a “Book of Recipes” mainly with contributions from as many Celebrities or High Profile people as possible and of course contributions where possible from family and friends. She promises you it will be different, so hopefully you will all come on board with her and help her to “make that difference”.

Eileen Coffey appeals for your help directly here on Thurles.Info:-
“I personally lost my own father, Paddy Corbett as a result of Cancer and I was very fortunate to have Suir Haven recommended to me where I found empathy, compassion and understanding. Now I feel is the right time where I can give back something. Unfortunately I know only too well that too many of us can identify with someone close to us that has lost their battle to cancer or is living with cancer, so let’s channel our energy into doing something positive.”

We can make that difference!
“The idea is that every person who contributes their recipe(s) will make a small donation to have it published – I know that we are constantly being targeted for donations/sponsorship, but this time you can donate whatever you wish – even €5 or €10 from each contributor of a recipe will “start the pot simmering” (100 contributions @ €5.00 = €500 instantly).  All proceeds will go to Suir Haven. The book will be on general sale in March 2015 when hopefully it will “cook up a storm.”

You might like to perhaps dedicate your recipe to someone you know and loved who has died from Cancer or give a short personal statement on how a Cancer Support Centre has helped you yourself!  If you are a Food Provider you can recommend ingredients from your product range in your recipe.

Time is of the essence!
Time is of the essence, so if would like to contribute please act straight away. Deadline for receipt of your contributions is Friday December 12th, 2014.
You can email your recipe to me at and your donation can be lodged directly to a bank account specially set up for this project.  I sincerely thank you all, in anticipation”

Bank Account Details: (please ensure to use your name/company name as a narrative to identify payee.)

Allied Irish Bank,  Thurles: Account Name: Eileen Coffey Suir Haven.

Sort Code:93-53-01.     Account Number:22626074.    BIC: AIBKIE2D.  IBAN: IE77AIBK93530122626074.


So instead of an “Ice Bucket Challenge” – Let’s have a “Receipe Challenge”

Borrisoleigh Historical Society Lecture On Sean Hogan

S Hogan

Sean Hogan

Borrisoleigh Historical Society: Delia Ryan reports.

Local man, John Connors of Rathmoy will be the guest speaker at the next series of history lectures presented by the Borrisoleigh Historical Society on Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, beginning at 8.00 pm in the Community Centre, Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary.

John has researched extensively on the life of Tipperary man, Sean Hogan, (13 May 1901 – 24 December 1968) who was rescued on May 12th 1919 from a train at Knocklong, by his more famous IRA comrades, Sean Treacy, Séamus Robinson, Séan Lynch, Dan Breen and four other men from the IRA East Limerick Brigade.

Some of these rescuers later relocated to Dublin and undertook a range of missions under the direction of the Dublin leadership. Some of these missions were in association with a unit known as ‘The Squad,’ originally nicknamed the “Twelve Apostles,” founded by Michael Collins to counter the British intelligence efforts during the Irish War of Independence, mainly by means of assassination.

Although not yet fully eighteen years of age, Sean Hogan was one of the most wanted men in the British Empire, following the Soloheadbeg attack on January 21st 1919, in which two RIC men were killed.

This daring and deadly rescue (two RIC escorts were shot dead there also) had its origins adjacent to Borrisoleigh parish, as Hogan had been captured at Meagher’s of Annfield, by RIC Sergeant Peter Wallace from Roskeen, in an early Monday morning raid.

While many may be aware of this famous and significant event, few will know about the life of the young man who entered the history books from the Soloheadbeg and Knocklong episodes. As well as bringing us a reprise of these more famous events, John Connors will fill the gap about the further periods of Hogan’s early life and his active IRA service in both Dublin and Tipperary, as well as what became of him after the troubled times, with his well-illustrated lecture.

The lecture will be introduced by Puckane historian Sean Hogan, latter author of the much acclaimed “The Black and Tans in North Tipperary – Policing, Revolution and War – 1913 -1922″.

US President Obama Outlines Illegal Immigrant Reform

In a televised address last night, US President Barack Obama outlined the executive action he plans to take, which will offer work permits to millions of undocumented people, potentially including thousands of Irish people, some natives of Co Tipperary, latter who ‘live in the shadows’ and are currently unable to return to this country for fear of detection by Deportation Enforcement Officials.

Today Mr Obama will sign into law a series of measures that will protect these illegal immigrants from deportation and indeed the video hereunder is well worth viewing in its entirety.

The executive action he outlined in the video shown above falls into three groups: changes to enforcement, a new temporary legal status for illegal immigrants and new visa categories.

Under these new plans, those who are deemed to be in the US illegally for at least five years, who have children who are either US citizens or legal residents and who pass a criminal background check, will be entitled to full protection from deportation. Enforcement officials will only deport those convicted of serious criminal offences and not those previously arrested for minor offences.

Former undocumented persons will also be allowed to apply for a work permit if they register for taxes and social security.

There will be new visas for students who complete science and technology degrees and for entrepreneurs who have sufficient capital funding and are in a position to create employment.

These new changes are expected to come into force from early next year.

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