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Exciting Thurles Library Events Happening During February 2019

Parents Take Note:  Exciting Thurles Library Events Happening During February 2019 – Ms Suzanne Brosnan (Thurles Library) Reports:-

Healthy Ireland
As part of Healthy Ireland, Thurles Library branch will host two mindfulness workshops for children on Saturday 2nd of February. These workshops will be facilitated by Tipperary Mindfulness practitioner Máire Shanahan. Mindfulness awareness exercises help children and young people to develop concentration, self-awareness and improve resilience. The first workshop will take place from 2.00pm-3.00pm and is suitable for children aged between 9-12 years. The second session will begin at 3.30pm-4.30pm and is suitable for teens 13 years plus.

Our second Healthy Ireland event will take place on Saturday 16th February. Alexsandra Mitura will host a Zumba taster class for children in Thurles Library from 2.30pm-3.30pm. Zumba is an aerobic fitness programme, featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed to Latin American dance music.

Tipperary Young Readers Awards (TYRA’s) Presentation
Over 250 students completed our TYRAs (Tipperary Young Readers Awards) and will receive their awards on Saturday 16th February from 10.30am-12.30pm.

Book Clinic
The Book Clinic will be in the library from 10.30-1pm and 2-3.30pm. If you are a reader and looking for the next series to delve into or need a prescription for an exciting new read? Then pop along to Thurles Library and meet the CBI book clinic doctors. They will be ready to offer you advice and get a new personalized list of books to suit your reading tastes to take away! The Book Clinic is free of charge and a great way to discover new authors!

Animal Magic
Animal Magic will be in Thurles Library on Saturday 16th February from 10.30-12.30pm. Pop in and meet Rosie Campbell and her animal friends. When you are finished learning all about animals why not turn your hand at some science experiments. Anyone4Science will host a drop-in workshop with Angela McGlynn form 10.30am-12.30pm.

Note Please: All the events are free to attend and bookings are only essential for the Mindfulness and Zumba workshops.

Contact:  For further information please contact Tel No. 0761-06-6131 for any further details on any of the excellent events listed here above.


Soloheadbeg Ambush – A Centenary Perspective

“Soloheadbeg Ambush – A Centenary Perspective”

The year was 1919 and almost one hundred years ago to the present date, (January 21st 1919), two Irish born Roman Catholic Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) Constables, named as Mr James Alec McDonnell and Mr Patrick O’Connell, were both escorting a horse drawn cart carrying blasting gelignite from the Tipperary town Military Barracks to the local Soloheadbeg quarry works.  The driver of the cart was Mr James Godfrey, accompanied by a Co. Council worker, named as Mr Patrick Flynn.

James McDonnell & Anastasia (nee Doyle) (Sepia Tone Pic.) – His son Christopher McDonnell & Bridget (nee McGrath) (Black & White Pic.). Pictures are published courtesy of the Sweeney Family.

Constable James McDonnell, a native of Belmullet, (a coastal Gaeltacht town) in Co. Mayo and the father of seven children, together with his comrade Constable Patrick O’Connell, latter a native of Coachford, Co. Cork and unmarried, were both in charge of guarding this cargo of explosives.

The driver and Co. Council worker were both left unharmed, when some eight armed and masked men, members of the then Irish Volunteers from the South Tipperary Brigade, opened fire on both Constables, killing both the men. Tipperary Volunteer GHQ had not officially sanctioned this ambush, however the shots fired at this ambush would now be the first bullets fired in the war for Irish independence from Britain, which followed.

Library researcher Mrs Mary Guinan-Darmody, (Tipperary Studies), in Tipperary Co. Council Library Services here in Thurles, now reports:-

“Just days before the centenary of the Solohead Ambush, the “Tipperary People and Places Series” welcome Dr. Des Marnane to give a very timely talk, in The Source, Thurles. His subject will be ‘The Soloheadbeg Ambush – A Centenary Perspective’.

With the help of Mr Cathal O’Donoghue; latter well known for his stage performances across the county; Dr. Marnane will base his lecture around a series of readings of original documentary sources, some not used before, providing differing perspectives on this seminal event.

So, do join us in ‘The Source’ at 7.30pm on Tuesday January 15th next. Also, being shown at this venue is a short film, showing an enactment of the ambush, produced and directed by the pupils of the Monastery School, Tipperary town.”

Note Please: As is usual with such Thurles Library events, all are welcome to attend and admission, on that evening (Tuesday January 15th), is free.

For further details please contact Tel No. – 076 1066123 or www.tipperarystudies.ie

Other Brief History of the Soloheadbeg Area.

Sologheadbeg (Irish – Sulchóid Bheag) is a townland and a civil parish in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, lying to the northwest of Tipperary town, with a population in the year 1911 of just 2857 inhabitants; same reduced by the Great Famine, (1845-1849); continuous forced emigration and migration, from a total of 6673 known residents, in the year 1841.

Year 968: Same townland, in the year 968, saw the stand-off for the Battle of Sulcoit, where the Dalcassian (Dál gCais were a 10 century Gaelic Irish tribe) Brian Ború and his illegitimate brother King Mahon of Thomond, defeat the Viking King Ivar.; latter the last King of the city-state of Limerick.

Year 1603: Back in 1603, it was a stopping-point for Donal Cam O’Sullivan Beare, during his epic march from Dunboy Castle in west Cork to O’Rourke’s Castle in Leitrim.

Year 1864: In April 1864, nearby, at Barronstown, Solohead, was born Sir Michael Francis O’Dwyer GCIE KCSI (1864 – 1940) who would go on to become Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab (1912 – 1919), the land of “five rivers”, in India.  O’Dwyer was the sixth son in a family of fourteen children born in this same area of Co. Tipperary to John and Margaret (née Quirke) O’Dwyer, of Toem, Co. Tipperary.  O’Dwyer aged in his 75th year, would be eventually assassinated; shot dead by a Punjabi revolutionary, named Udham Singh, on March 13th 1940, at a joint meeting of the East India Association and the Central Asian Society in Caxton Hall, London.


“Superfoods A Total Scam” Confirms Dr. Robert O’ Connor

The Head of the Irish Cancer Society is warning people that so-called ‘superfoods’ are a total scam, and at best can only cause further damage to the health of vulnerable people.

The charity is urging the public not to pursue ‘fad’ trends ahead of their intended New Year’s health kick.

This advice comes from the Head of research at The Irish Cancer Society, Dr Robert O’ Connor, who stated that the belief that certain foods can cure your health, is totally nonsense. Dr O’Connor is a regular visitor to the Premier County, since his parents (Kathleen and Ernest) currently reside in the picturesque rural hamlet of Templetuohy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

“The concept of a ‘superfood’, to be frank, is just an exploitative scam”, states Dr O’Connor.  “There is no such thing as that ‘magic fantasy berry’ that can detoxify or change our basic; people need to be very wary and avoid those people who make any such false and deceptive claims.”


Dementia Coffee Morning, December 5th, “Bookworm”, Thurles, Co. Tipp.

Dementia Champion, Nurse Ursula Paine Reports:-

“#understand together”, is a public support, awareness and information campaign being led by the Health Service Executive (HSE), in association with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Genio campaign.

Ursula Paine

To promote this awareness and information campaign, we will hold a Coffee Morning in Bookworm, Liberty Square, Thurles, on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 11.00am12.30pm.

Please Note: The first of such coffee mornings will begin on December 5th next 2018.

This first event will be attended by guests; Ms Kathy Ryan (Cashel), latter a member of the Irish Dementia Working Group, while Nurse Adviser Ms Amy Murphy of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland will also be in attendance.

This Coffee Morning will begin with a discussion, followed by a relaxed conversation, where those attending can share their experiences, thoughts and ideas with others, or they can just sit and listen.

The leaders for this new Café experience [Ms Margaret Pollard, Ms Jennifer Manning and Ms Ursula Paine] come from a background in supporting care. They have an intimate knowledge of dementia and a real experience of talking to ‘Carers’ and people suffering from dementia.

When possible, each month, ‘Guest speakers’, will also be in attendance at these events.

While no membership fee is required, refreshments are purchased by those in attendance and ‘Carers’ are encouraged to stay and fully participate in any or all discussion.

“Dementia Champions, are passionate about those suffering from dementia and want to see our Tipperary community become fully dementia inclusive.  We will share our knowledge and drive required change through local community and business groups. We will link with other Dementia Champions to increase our network and support one another”, concluded Nurse Paine.

So, do remember the date, December 5th, 2018 next – Sure there’s nothing like a good chat!


Tipperary Apple Farmer Helps Kids Celebrate Halloween.

Mr Cornelius Traas, an Irish apple farmer, whose business operates from Moorstown, Cahir, Co Tipperary, will be giving away 6,000 apples to school children this year, to help them celebrate Halloween.

Over the last 20 years, Mr Traas has already given away well over 120,000 eating apples to Irish primary school children, a tradition which his parents first introduced. This year, children and their teachers in some 32 primary schools will collect apples, same representing around 200 children in each school together with their teachers.

The desire to grow fruit saw the Traas family initially move from the Netherlands to Ireland in the late 1960’s. Previous generations of the Traas family had been growing fruit in Holland, since the 1800’s, but it became difficult to find new land there for further fruit production.  Willem and Ali Traas then decided to pack a bag and make the move to Ireland. They choose farm land, between Cahir and Clonmel on the main Limerick-Waterford road.  For the first few years of their occupation, as well as establishing new apple and plum orchards, the family also grew tulips, dried peas, grain crops and strawberries.

Mr Traas himself recalls that when he was at school in Cahir in the 1970’s and 80’s, the apples grown by his parents were very popular with his classmates. From time to time he would bring a few extra to school, and swap them for sweets that were in the ownership of other children.

His parents used to send him and his brother into school with a box of apples to share with other students in other classes and this practise was continued every year right up until his Leaving Cert year.

Regrettably, less than 10% of apples eaten today here in Ireland are actually Irish apples.

Note:- The Apple Farm is not just about Apples only. From a shop within ‘The Apple Farm’ complex you can acquire Apple Juice and Apple Jelly; Strawberries (in season) and Strawberry jam; Raspberries (in season); Plums and Plum Jam; Pears; Cherries; Sparkling Juice; Real Irish Cider; Cider Vinegar and finally there is a spacious Camping & Caravan Park catering for up to sixty people per night, operating from May through to September.