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St Patrick’s College Thurles – RAI Seminar On Saturday

Reading Association O Ireland

Reading Association Of Ireland

Not to be missed, the Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) Spring Seminar, in association with Tipperary Education Centre and St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co Tipperary, takes place in St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Saturday next, April 5th, 2014 from 9.30 a.m.1.00 p.m.

This practical seminar is aimed at parents, primary teachers and other educationalists working with pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

Presentations at this event will explore:-
(1) Teaching Spelling: (Presenter: Brendan Culligan, RAI Executive Committee.)
This session will examine spelling as a skill and what is needed to become a speller. It will look at reasons why children fail to progress as spellers and examine common spelling strategies.  With the aid of case studies, it will show how to detect difficulties and offer advice as to how these may be overcome.

Presenter: Brendan Culligan is a retired lecturer in English Methodology at Marino Institute of Education and a former lecturer in English Methodology at Froebel College of Education. He was a member of the D.E.S. Taskforce on Dyslexia. Brendan is a past-president of the Reading Association of Ireland and a past-secretary of the Irish Learning Support Association. Brendan has a particular interest in the teaching of spelling and handwriting and is the author of Improving Children’s Spelling and Spelling & Handwriting.

(2) Reading Vocabulary: Practical Strategies for Vocabulary Instruction in the Primary School. (Presenter: Gene MehiganMarino, Institute of Education and RAI Executive Committee.)
Because of the verbal nature of most classroom activities, knowledge of words and ability to use language are essential to success in these activities. However, while attention is often focused on developing the oral language ability of children the same does not always apply to teaching vocabulary in the context of reading.
This presentation examines the role of teaching reading vocabulary in a balanced literacy programme. Participants will explore approaches for teaching individual words, for developing word learning strategies and for fostering an awareness and love of language and words.

Presenter: Gene Mehigan is Principal Lecturer and Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) at Marino Institute of Education, with leadership responsibilities for Literacy Education and Continuing Professional Development. As Head of the English Department his lecturing responsibilities include the teaching of English methods to undergraduate and post graduate students. His research interests are in the teaching of reading, education provision in disadvantaged settings and in teacher education. Currently a member of the national executive of the Reading Association of Ireland he is also a member of the Early Childhood and Primary Language Advisory Group of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

Remember Date, Time and Venue
Date:         Saturday, April 5th , 2014.
Time:         9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.        Tea/Coffee: 11.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
Venue:     St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

This seminar is being offered free of charge to all, but places are limited. To book a place on this seminar, please email (with ‘RAI Seminar 2014′ in the subject line) or book by phone with Michelle Percy (Tipperary Education Centre) on Mobile 086 6008860.

Funeral Arrangements For Late Mary Shanahan Thurles

With Sincere Sympathy

With Sincere Sympathy

The funeral will take place of the late Mrs Mary Shanahan (nee Max), “Cluaindara“, Monadreen, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, on Thursday morning next.

Her body will repose at her residence tomorrow Wednesday from 5.00pm.  Her removal will take place at 10.15am from her home, arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption for Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Thursday morning next.

Following Mass, her interment will take place afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, situated on the Moyne Road, east of  Thurles.

Note: Flowers and donations, if desired, to the Irish Heart Foundation or the Trócaire Lenten Campaign.

Mrs Shanahan, aged 73, a retired and much loved and highly respected Primary Schoolteacher, was predeceased by her husband the late Mr Dick Shanahan. Mrs Shanahan lost her life, unexpectedly, following a road traffic accident near Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, yesterday afternoon.

The deepest sympathies of the people of Thurles are today very much with her loving family; daughter Susan, sons Denis and Richard, son-in-law Mark, daughters-in-law Martina and Chiara, her grandchildren Joe and Ronan, brother Jim, sister Bree, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, special friend Jojo, her many friends, former students and close acquaintances.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Thurles CBS Retain Thurles Credit Union School Quiz Honours

Scoil Ailbhe, (CBS) Thurles retain Credit Union (U11) School Quiz title for fourth consecutive year.


In the Thurles Credit Union school quiz, Scoil Ailbhe, Thurles retained the U11 title for a fourth consecutive year. This team will now progress to represent Scoil Ailbhe and Thurles Credit Union in the Chapter 14 Credit Union Quiz, latter which will be held in Nenagh Co. Tipperary at the end of February.

Scoil Ailbhe U11 champions pictured above show; Jack Cooney Shorley, Stephen Mawe, Jack O’ Mara and Scott Brennan, pictured with their teacher Miss Deirdre Lanigan and Mr Michael Harty (Thurles CU).

Well done boys.

Thurles Credit Union School Quiz 2014

Congratulations to Moycarkey National School, latter who captured the honours of taking of first place in the Thurles Credit Union 2014 Schools Quiz (U13 category) recently.


This team will now progress to represent Moycarkey National School and Thurles Credit Union in the Chapter 14 Credit Union Schools Quiz to be held in Nenagh at the end of February.

Pictured above are the victorious Moycarkey U13 Quiz team, consisting of Deirdre Fogarty, Brian O’ Callaghan, John Coffey and Jack Fahy, with their Principal Teacher Mr Robert White.

Well done to all.

Thurles Lions Club Suicide Awareness Programme

Extract from a poem by Misao Fujimura.

“To end is to start; to surrender is to know,
Despair and depression, together they grow,
Hope shall meet hopeless, when there’s nowhere to go.” 

Ann Marie Brophy, Executive Librarian at Thurles Library Reports:
Thurles Lions Club are holding a suicide awareness programme on Saturday January 18th, 2014.

This awareness programme will begin at 10:00 a.m., in the Tipperary Centre for IndHSEependent Living.

Latter building, as most of you will know, is situated to the rear of the once Stradavoher Industrial Estate, in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

This is a four hour programme, fully facilitated by the HSE, during which time qualified personnel will attempt to train people in being more suicide aware.

“This is a free programme and I think this is of particular interest to any of us who work with the public on a day to day basis.”

If you are interested in attending, just let Ann Marie know by email to or by Tel: 087-6853936.

Ann Marie would also greatly appreciate if you could also spread the word about this upcoming informative programme, either by word of mouth or by perhaps ‘Sharing’ on Facebook.

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