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Come On Tipperary – Let’s Dance

Learn Social Dancing in the Premier Ballroom, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Social Dancing Classes will commence, next month, on Tuesday February 7th at 8.20pm sharp and continue over a full six week period.

These classes are ideally suitable for anyone over 18 years of age wishing to learn the basic steps of social dancing, i.e. Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep and some Novelty dances.

Anyone getting married or going to a wedding this year or next would benefit greatly from these lessons.

The total cost of this six weeks course is a mere €25, which covers all costs associated with the 6 week course.

Keep in mind that dancing is one of the best forms of exercise; suitable for all ages; a great social activity lending itself to a most enjoyable night out.

These Social Dancing Classes are run twice each year (one in the Spring and one in the Autumn) and are expertly organised and sponsored by ‘The Club for Dancing,’ Thurles, for the past 26 years.

For further information contact Mr Tom Gleeson – Mobile Tel. No: 087-9732837.

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Mother Of Shane MacGowan Dies In Tipp Road Accident

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Singer Shane MacGowan

It is with sadness we report that a woman has died following a single-vehicle road crash in North Tipperary earlier this afternoon.

The victim has been named as Mrs Therese MacGowan; mother of much loved Mr Shane MacGowan, singer with the renowned band ‘The Pogues’.

Mrs MacGowan, who lived locally and who was aged in her late 80’s, is understood to have struck a wall in the townsland of Ballintogher, close to the village of Silvermines, with a vehicle she was driving, shortly before 3.00pm.

Her body was taken to Limerick University Hospital, where a post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out on tomorrow Monday.

The road has been closed to facilitate a forensic examination and local diversions are in place.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or those with information to contact Nenagh Garda Station on Tel: 067-50450, the Garda Confidential Line on Tel: 1800 666 111 or indeed any garda station.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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Phoenix Productions Coffee Morning

phoenix“Ah, music,”  he said, wiping his eyes. A magic beyond all we do here!”
[Quote J.K. Rowling, – (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) ]

Miriam Callanan [Denis Kinane Motors (Honda Centre)] Reports:-

For many years here in Thurles, the youth musical theatre group, ‘Phoenix Productions’ have been bringing, annually to the stage, performances par excellence.

As the years have progressed, many of these young performers have continued in their great love of theatre and are regularly invited to join other musical groups and societies nationally, because of their acknowledged talents.

To ensure and encourage that such talent is continued on into the future, Phoenix Productions are holding a fund raising coffee morning in the Source Library on tomorrow (Saturday November 19th), from 10.00am 1.00pm.

So do take a well deserved break from your busy shopping and pop into Thurles Library for a relaxing cup of  coffee, a piece of delicious home-made cake and of course ‘that inevitable good humoured banter’. All support will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for the Music.

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Conquering ‘Tipperary Hill’

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Tipperary Hill, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.

Tipp Mid West Radio’s Tom Hurley Reports:
For centuries the Irish have emigrated all over the world and named many of the places where they settled after towns and districts remembered from back home. Sizeable contingents of men and women and their families from Irish counties would often flock to a particular area with the result that generations later, many of their descendants would claim to feel a deep connection and identification with their once ancestral homeland, even though most may never have visited there themselves.

It’s a fascinating and often under researched topic, but one which is to be the subject of a forthcoming two-part documentary due to be aired shortly on Tipp Mid West Radio, when the connections between one such place in America and the Premier County (Co. Tipperary) are, possibly for the first time, openly investigated.

Tipperary Hill, Syracuse, New York

Tipperary Hill is a district in the city of Syracuse, in Onondaga County in the State of New York. It’s located roughly 300 miles inland from both New York City and Boston. Simply put, Tipperary Hill is purported to have got its name because of the sheer amount of immigrants who had settled there by the year 1860, which came not just from Ireland, but from our own county of Tipperary.

Not surprisingly the majority of these immigrants arrived during the Famine, but the programme can now also reveal that numbers also made this journey from Co. Tipperary earlier; during the Revolutionary War of the late 1700’s, and from 1817 onwards many were attracted to find work on the construction of the 363 miles (584 km) long Erie Canal, begun in 1817 and opened on October 26th, 1825.

Today, Tipperary Hill is a thriving community with many of its residents extremely conscious and proud of their districts links to those who arrived from the Premier County.  A large number of their descendants have also traced their ancestry back to particular towns and areas, with Cashel, Thurles, Upperchurch and Ballyporeen amongst the locations pinpointed by interviewees to the programme.

In addition to investigating with American contributors what drew these early settlers from Co. Tipperary to the Syracuse area and how they fared when they got there, historians Des Marnane from Tipperary Town and Seamus King in Cashel offer an insight into the kind of place Co. Tipperary was to live, during the first half of the 19th century when the bulk of the emigration was taking place. Des Marnane, well-known for his extensive research into the Famine, also provides some heart wrenching eviction and emigration figures pertinent to the county for the period.

The documentary also sheds light on the discrimination faced by the early Irish in the city of Syracuse and examines the origins of the evil leprechauns and the famous ‘Upside Down Traffic Light’, positioned at the intersection of Milton Avenue and Tompkins Street at Tipperary Hill, which many in turn link to the ancient practice of ‘stone throwing’, associated with the Premier County.

Part one of this revealing documentary entitled ‘Conquering Tipperary Hill’ by Tom Hurley, is due to be aired on Tipp Mid West Radio on Monday morning next, November 7th at 11.30am. Part two of the programme will be broadcast at the same time on the following week. Both radio broadcasts can be heard live, outside the Co. Tipperary area, by going online on www.tippmidwestradio.com.

For lovers of Ireland, Co. Tipperary and Irish history, both radio documentaries make for essential listening.

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Death Of Britain’s Greatest Soap Star Jean Alexander

Former much loved ‘Coronation Street’ actress Jean Alexander (Hilda Ogden); once voted Britain’s greatest soap star, has died three days after her 90th birthday.

Ms Alexander died yesterday, having been re-admitted to hospital on her birthday, after feeling unwell. Stars of Coronation Street have paid tribute to the actress, describing her as a “legend”.

Born in Liverpool; Ms Alexander won the hearts of TV viewers here in Ireland as the sharp-tongued cleaning lady. Rarely viewed without a set of tightly-wound plastic hair curlers hidden under a headscarf; saw vast numbers of her fans tuned in daily to watch her interaction to get her ineffectual spouse, Stan Ogden [Played by Bernard Youens (born Bernard Arthur Popley)], out of the pub and into work.

An estimated 30 million viewers watched her farewell episode, when she made her decision to leave Weatherfield in 1987.

Following her exit from ‘Coronation Street’ she became a mainstay of BBC sitcom ‘Last Of The Summer Wine’; playing the part of a somewhat eccentric bric-a-brac shop proprietor known as  ‘Auntie Wainwright’.

In 2005 Ms Alexander was voted ‘the greatest soap opera star of all time’. Offers to  memorialise her in a statue, Ms Alexander was reported as stating, “I just couldn’t see myself stood on a pedestal cast in bronze and knowing my luck, the Southport seagulls would find me and do their worst, as they have done before – usually when I have just washed my hair.”

It is understood that Ms Alexander suffered a stroke in 2014 and had been living in a nursing home prior to her death.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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