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Tipperary’s Irish Anzacs – Clonoulty Village Hall

"Pat" Armstrong

“Pat” Armstrong, Moyaliffe, Co. Tipperary

More than 340 men and one woman from here in Co. Tipperary enlisted in the Australian forces during the First World War. Of those who enlisted; 45 were killed or died as a result of their service.

An event to be hosted in Clonoulty village hall on Wednesday next (August 20th 2014 beginning 7.30pm sharp) by Mrs Kitty Barry (Vice-chairperson of County Tipperary Historical Society) and Chaired by Mr Richard O’Brien (Chairman of County Tipperary Historical Society), will now for the first time discuss Tipperary’s overall involvement in this ‘war to end all wars’.

Guest speakers at this Clonoulty, Co Tipperary event will include historians Professor Jeff  Kildea, Dr. Danny Cusack and Mr Tom Carroll.

Professor Jeff Kildea – Tipperary’s Contribution to the Australian War Effort

Prof. Jeff Kildea is a historian, lecturer and author with a PhD in history from the University of New South Wales. He is currently the Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin having previously taught Irish and Australian history to undergraduates at the University of New South Wales and at Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education.

Prof. Kildea is an Adjunct at the Global Irish Studies Centre at the University of New South Wales and has written books and articles and presented papers both in Australia and Ireland on early 20th-century Irish-Australian history. His books include “Tearing the Fabric”  (Sectarianism in Australia 1910-1925) (2002), “Anzacs and Ireland” (2007) and “Wartime Australians,” Billy Hughes (2008).  He is currently researching Irish Anzacs and a biography of Hugh Mahon, the Labour member for Kalgoorlie who in 1920 was expelled from the Commonwealth parliament for his criticism of British rule in Ireland.

For more than 30 years Prof. Kildea has practised as a barrister from 5 Wentworth Chambers and is now an Acting Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court. He is also the editor of Land & Environment Court Law & Practice NSW and a contributing author to “Planning & Development Service NSW,” published by Thomson Reuter.

On Wednesday night next Professor Kildea will for the first time here in Tipperary publicly examine Tipperary’s contribution to the Australian war effort and tell the stories of some of the little known Irish ANZACs from our county who fought and died in the War.

Dr. Danny Cusack – With the Anzacs at Gallipoli: Fr John Fahey

Dr. Danny Cusack is an independent historian currently residing at Kells, Co. Meath. A native of Perth, Western Australia, he has lived in Ireland for many years. He has completed a PhD and book on the Meath-born Western Australian politician Senator Paddy Lynch (1867-1944) and written and lectured on various aspects of the history of Meath (where he has family connections) and on Irish-Australia.
His talk entitled “With the Anzacs at Gallipoli: Fr John Fahey (1883-1959),” Dr. Cusack will discuss the Rossmore born priest who served most of his life in Western Australia. As an Australian army chaplain he took part in the famous Gallipoli landing of April 25 1915.

Mr Tom Carroll – Personal Accounts from Gallipoli

Mr Tom Carroll is a native of Clonoulty and a retired company director. His expertise was in regional and local economic development. His particular interest is local history and to understand how it was affected by change at national and international level i.e. political, economic, social and technological change. In regard to local history his focus has been on his native county, Tipperary, his mother’s county (Laois), his wife’s county (Kilkenny), and Limerick where he resided for some 46 years.
He will give those in attendance information on his uncle: Lce. Cpl. Martin Carroll, 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers: killed in Gallipoli 28th June 1915.
Also on his uncle-in-law from Conahy / Three Castles, Co. Kilkenny: Private William Keeffe, 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, killed in Gallipoli 25th April 1915. Tom has William’s diary completed to the day prior to his death, extracts from which provide insights into the life of an ordinary soldier.

WWI Memorabilia – St Mary’s War Museum

St Mary’s War Museum will display rare World War I memorabilia, some relating to Gallipoli, at this major Clonoulty historic gathering.
Note: Discussion & Refreshments afterwards.

Further Information: Please address all queries to: catherinebarry@eircom.net

Admission to this event costs just €5.00, with all proceeds going to the Tipperary Libraries Digitisation Project.

Thurles Credit Union Members Cash Draw

Anne-Graham-O-ConnorThe lucky winner of the Thurles Credit Union July 2014 Cash Draw has been named as Ann Graham O’Connor, Ballybeg, Littleton, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Pictured here (left) at the presentation are Ann Graham O’Connor (Winner) and Michael Harty (Business Development Manager, TCU).

Note:  Sweet Deals on Student Loans from Thurles Credit Union

I spoke to Michael, following this presentation, on the issues now facing students and their parents preparing for third level college registration fees, together with the very significant day-to-day costs of attending college.

Michael was quick to point out that Thurles Credit Union are keenly aware of this huge financial burden. He stated “Thurles Credit Union are available to support both parents and students, as they prepare for the upcoming academic year.”  He stated, “I would encourage anyone who is looking to finance their education or who simply want some advice on planning ahead or budgeting assistance for same, to call into us here in Parnell Street, Thurles and speak to a member of our staff. 

He continued “Planning ahead after all is the best way to prepare for these often unexpected fees and overall costs.”

Third Level Student Grants

img-susi-logoThird level students in association with their parents/guardians residing in Tipperary and elsewhere, latter who may be hoping to receive grant funding for their next student academic year, are being urged to immediately submit their applications before August 1st 2014.

The Students Universal Support Ireland, better known as SUSI, state that those applying will also need to send in all relevant documentation to support any future request. Some 100,000 applications for the new 2014/2015 academic year are expected and 75,000 applications to-date have now been received.

The closing date for all applications for such Third Level Grants will expire one week from tomorrow (Friday).

Spokesperson for SUSI, Mr Graham Doyle, has warned that people should now submit their applications at the earliest possible convenience, prior to the stated closing date, thus avoiding inevitable and unnecessary delays or even indeed disappointment.

Tipperary Student Wins Bronze In Taipei

r-tynanNineteen-year-old Mr Richard Tynan, a student from the Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, took a bronze medal at the prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Taipei, Taiwan last week.

The 26th International Olympiad in Informatics was held in Taipei, Taiwan, from the 13th to 20th of July 2014 and this event annually represents the pinnacle of computer programming at secondary-school level with over 311 students from 82 countries attending this year’s event; their mission to solve six complex algorithmic problems over a two day period. Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning.

Previously Richard, a native of Portarlington, Co. Laois, had taken first place in the Senior Individual Technology Section for his project ‘Advanced Modelling and Infilling Algorithms for 3d Printing’ at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Competition.

He also won the Analog Devices Technology Award, for the student who showed outstanding achievement in technology, winning an all expenses trip to San Francisco, Silicon Valley and to Stanford University.

Mr Gary Conway who led this year’s Irish delegation in Taipei, is delighted with Richard’s win of Ireland’s first IOI medal in five years.

Richard has now been invited to study computer science at the University of Cambridge in England.

St. Patrick’s College Thurles – Irish Summer Camp

An Irish Summer Camp, ‘Bí Réidh’ (Translation ‘Be Ready’) will be held this summer here in St. Patrick’s College in Thurles.

Two weekly camps will run from 28th July1st August and from 11th August15th August. These camps will be non residential and will run from 9.00am to 6.00pm each day.

The aim of Bí Réidh is to prepare students for the certificate examinations held in Irish, and will include the development of aural and oral skills using enjoyable and innovative methods while at the same time cultivating a love of our Irish language.

This is a total immersion programme encouraging both the understanding and also the use of the Irish language in a wide variety of social settings and fun activities.

Note Course Dates
Course A – 28th JULY – 1st AUGUST 2014 – for current first and second year students.
Course B – 11th AUGUST – 15th AUGUST 2014 – for current transition and fifth year students.

Venue: As stated St Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Time: 9.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Do keep in mind that ‘Bí Réidh’ is a non-residential course.
Course Fee: €150 per pupil per week (inclusive).

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